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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

2.28.2009

Splendor in the Grass



The Atlanta History Center has updated its site with expanded views of the iconic 1920s Swan House designed by classicist architect Philip Trammell Shutze. These additional interior views should be helpful to students researching the celebrated architect or decorator Ruby Ross Wood. (Swan House was donated to the non-profit Center in the 1960s.)

When I see pictures of the house shot in the spring or summer, I sometimes think of a favorite chapter (Stilettos in the Grass) in this book. The lawn seems ready for a tent, strings of white lights, and big silver coolers.

Credits:
The dress is from Anthropologie
Kate Headley photographed Maria with the lanterns
Cocktails courtesy Southern Accents
Circa 1891-1902 wine cooler available at Beverly Bremer


Via illustrator Anna Bond, I discovered a different sort of garden imagery, new album cover art for M. Ward.


New Order also went botanical a few years ago.

BTW: If you are a design history buff, love grand old houses, and plan to be in New York City in March or April,  check out the free lectures presented by Mitchell Owens at NYSID.

16 comments:

Mona said...

OH! The landscaping!

Style Court said...

Hi Mona -- yes, so pretty :)

GrannySmithGreen said...

It's official. I now have spring images dancing in my head--but we may have snow tomorrow! The Swan house is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for updating us on the website!

Style Court said...

GSG -- warm images are wonderful for the imagination. Thanks for stopping by :)

Style Court said...

Sorry about the excess smile symbols today!

tartanscot said...

style court,

one must never apologize for smiling too much. either in life, or in emoticons.

and thanks much for the images of a hopefully not too distant Spring.

;-)

Style Court said...

tartanscot -- well said! Maybe we need more auntie Mame spirit right now.

Karena said...

Oh, absolutely, spirit and joyful experiences will make life much more glorious and offset the other not soo nice happenings. Pay it forward everyday!

Style Court said...

Lovely thought Karen!

Ivy Lane said...

Happy March!! Spring's on the way for sure now!! Love the images today...is that a tray of mint juleps i see? Can't wait for the Ketucky Derby!

Style Court said...

Ivy -- good eye. It is a Derby-related picture. Happy day to you too.

stacy said...

Georgous house! My mint julep fantasy life!

Style Court said...

hey stacy -- hope you caught that answer about the shell vase in the previous post. i finally found it!

The Squirrel Girl said...

I love the cover of M. Ward's new album! I wish spring would get here already!

Style Court said...

Me too Squirrel Girl, me too!

Janet said...

Oh, that Swan House. It has been too long since I have seen it. So, thank you for the link!