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


Beckoning Doors and Windows

[Unless otherwise noted, photos snapped by a seven-year-old and tweaked by me.]

I don't need special incentives to visit my local shops and eateries.

[Sparkle and turquoise doors at 310 Rosemont boutique on North Highland Ave. in Atlanta.]

The painted doors and creative window displays always lure me in, especially this time of year.

[Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.]

Many of these places are stocked with big-city-league goods and fare but the vibe is small -- in the best sense of the word.

[Below, sign-maker Doris Lindholm working on a job for Stockholm's Nordiska Kompaniet. Midcentury photo from the store's archives as seen in The World of Department Stores,Vendome Press 2011.]

Of course, I can still appreciate the grandeur of an old school (or new school) department store. That's why I'll be reading Jan Whitaker's well-illustrated survey, The World of Department Stores, over the holiday weekend. We'll delve into it during the next few weeks.

[Nathan, age seven, Swirls 2011, Archival Pigment Print, 8.5″ x 11″ unframed. Edition of 5. Pablove Shutterbugs.]

In terms of online shopping, Pablove Shutterbugs -- a very creative group of pediatric cancer patients mentioned here throughout the year -- will be selling limited edition photography prints this Friday. And BTW, if you're a photographer interested in mentoring new students in 2012 (or know a child aged seven to twelve, living with cancer, who is curious about the eight-week course), click here.


Janet said...

I love, love seeing all your photographs here. Wonderful!

Style Court said...

Thank you, Janet!!

The Devoted Classicist said...

Although I love the old department stores' main floors, like pre-escalator Sak's Fifth Avenue when they still had the elevator operators and the coded chime signals, I won't be out this Friday.

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Beautiful photographs! Hope you're well.

Style Court said...

Gwen -- thank you so much! Hope you have a wonderful week.

John -- your description of the chimes is evocative. I'm trying to imagine the sound. There's always the museum gift shop alternative too :)

Cote de Texas said...

hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Style Court said...

You too Joni! Thank you.

quintessence said...

I'm always intrigued by great entrances and windows as well. I've been curious about this book - will look forward to your review. Like TDC, I have fond memories of the old department stores - eating sideways at Lord & Taylor's Birdcage, the elegant Bonwit's and lunch at Charleston Garden with my mother and sister - oh dear a lot of lunches!!