Monday, April 25, 2011

hello sunshine

Fellow flower lovers, so sorry I have been MIA. My head has been seeking inspiration and gearing up for a busy spring wedding season. How have you been? Are you still with me here on this journey?

Here's what I have been up to:

First, a HUGE thank you goes out to Brooklyn Bride.  I am beyond thrilled to be named the winner of the Modern Tablescape Design Challenge. YAY! I was honored to be included among such talented fellow competitors.

Last week I made the mistake of "popping" into Strand Bookstore. And by mistake I mean, I did not have a lot of time to waste. Yet precious hours passed by as I strolled the aisles, leafing through their vast collection. At one point I had in my arms around $300 worth of books. I was absolutely certain I needed every single one. But I came to my senses and whittled it down to a couple, vowing to return soon.

If you are not familiar with Strand, let me tell you it is a masterpiece of a place. Opened in 1927, it is still a family owned business with a collection of over 2 million used and new books and occupies 55,000 square feet of space. You can literally spend all day there if you are a book lover like me. 

It turned out that I desperately needed a day like that. I wandering, wondering, discovering day. I use to have those days all the time...before baby, business and household....blah, blah, blah. 

Some of my finds included a book on Redon. (10 bucks!). I was never a big Redon fan in school. I always considered his work too surreal for my taste. But then I got hooked on the flower pastels and from there I am admiring his color palette.  Particularly the use of primary red and blue, which I always find difficult to combine. 

I also grabbed "Flowers from the Royal Gardens of Kew", an exhibition catalogue published in 1988. It has lovely botanical prints I am considering tearing out and framing...eh, maybe. We are trying to teach Ruby that cutting books is a big no-no but then college is a big yes-yes.
 I have been puttering around the new apartment.
 and outside enjoying the sunshine.

3 comments:

flwrjane said...

Your absence is forgiven.

Just glad you had some private time and shared a few beautiful pictures with us.

xo Jane

Brooke Howsley said...

Those days are soo necessary. In an age of 'always something that must be done', it's even more important to wander and discover. So happy that you have Strand to do that in.

What a nice shot of you and your lil one.

cindy k said...

i love the books you picked up, but not as much as the last photo. so cute!