Just a little something for the inspiration board as we look forward to sunnier, greener days. At top, two 19th-century green porcelain bitong (Chinese brush pots) followed by antique dealer Michael Rainey's dogs, Pablo, Magnolia, and Daisy, reclining under a 19th-century pine slab (a.k.a. huntboard) in Beaufort, South Carolina. And last, artist Konstantin Kakanias in the garden of his 1920s L.A. home, a charming stand-alone structure that was once Barbara Stanwyck's ballroom. For more views of the digs, click here.
Angela Seckinger photographed the Rainey golden retrievers for Southern Accents; the Kakanias picture is from House & Garden; the brush pots appeared in Elle Decor.
Currently the High has a gift shop set up, in conjunction with The First Emperor exhibition, that offers inexpensive reproductions of decorative Chinese accessories. It will close mid-April.
This pool in a lush, courtyard-like setting is not so everyday -- although its design is exquisitely simple. Images are from Sara Bliss' book, Exotic Style.
Somewhat related to the Chinese brush pots at the top of this post, registration is now open for ImagineAsia, summer camp offered by the Birmingham Museum of Art. Participants will be able to explore the ancient arts of calligraphy, batik, and lacquer painting, as well as woodblock prints, paper lanterns, brush paintings on scrolls, chops, and koi kites.