I’ve always admired the style of Amanda Brooks. To me, she seems like a woman who really understands style way beyond fashion and trends and can get down with Kate Moss as much as she can get down with Jackie O. There’s a simplicity to her way of dressing, but with a hint of bohemian mixed with classic that’s always incredibly chic. While browsing the internet this long weekend I came across a feature of her home in Oxfordshire shot by The Selby for The Guardian and I was instantly charmed by all of it including the artwork, the outdoor area overflowing in greenery, the tree house/art studio, the mix of textiles, the adorable animals, and most of all the pure happiness and love that’s being exuded by her family. I called Darryl over and we flipped through the photos while drinking our morning tea as it rained outside, and we seriously fantasized about moving to a farm and raising animals and kiddos. It was very much a stop and pause moment and it felt good. I love it when someone or something makes you daydream. Naturally, I admire Amanda Brooks even more now.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I’m really looking forward to a weekend spent with family, friends, and a whole lot of food. I thought this image was appropriate for the festivities and every year it inspires me to want to create a table setting just as grand. I have yet to create it, but maybe next year? I have a lot to be grateful for, friends. Happy Thanksgiving! xo Joanna
The first time I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art was about 13 years ago and it left a permanent mark on me. It is one of the best museums I have ever been to, not to mention one of the largest housing a stellar contemporary collection including Cy Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam and around 10 to 15 Brancusi sculptures. Almost five years ago I went back to Philly to visit a dear friend and we took in a Duchamp exhibition on a rainy, cold day. It was one of those special days where everything just seemed to come together. For the past three years I’ve been going to Philly for business every 3 or 4 months and I finally had a couple of hours to spare in between appointments while I was there this week. Of course I went back to the museum to see the Léger exhibit that everyone was speaking so highly of as well as a Surrealist show with some epic Salvador Dalí. What I wasn’t expecting to see, however, was a new exhibition by Barbara Chase-Riboud that completely and totally floored me. Titled the Malcolm X Steles, over 40 works of art from the US and Europe were on display that included skeins of wool and silk yarn dripping from giant cast bronze sculptures and detailed charcoal drawings, all referencing “artistic, cultural, and political experiences” that were both personal and global. This was my first time seeing Riboud’s work and I felt so lucky to be in its presence. The colors, the textures, and the heaviness of the pieces both figuratively and physically made a huge impact. Photos were allowed so I was able to snap a few of my favorite sculptures below.
Yesterday while spending time on Pinterest I came across an image that my friend Donna posted of Spanish mega-babe Belén Antolín and her niece and nephew modeling the new Isabel Marant for H & M collection. Firs of all, how gorgeous is this family? Secondly, I love how un-fussy and natural Belén looks in the clothes, which is exactly the Isabel Marant aesthetic. And lastly, while dressing children in Isabel Marant might seem a little over-the-top, it doesn’t seem ostentatious or out of touch when it’s a mass-market collection at a fraction of the price, especially when it looks as charming and playfully stylish as the way these two children wear it. I’m incredibly inspired by these photos featured on the Vogue España website.
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Kneeland Mercado rugs on the west elm website today. It’s been in the works for a couple of months and I couldn’t be happier to be included amongst such great everyday home goods. You can check out the rugs here.
I was completely flattered when Heath Ceramics asked me to be a guest pinner in celebration of 10 years of Heath. I’ve been anxiously waiting for my week of pinning to begin and finally it’s here. All week I’ll be pinning images and ideas that have inspired me the past 10 years, both new and old. You can follow my Heath Pin Pals board here and also check out their feature on Kneeland Co. and Kneeland Mercado on their blog.