Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

3.14.2009

Simple Things



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.

10 comments:

Karena said...

Courney, I am so ready for spring! Visit me to comment for I am giving away another painting!

Allison said...

Hello! I am still waiting for my Bucci watercolors and I can't wait. Regarding your post today -- when you first posted the piece I printed out a picture of Konstantin K.'s LR in an effort to find the green velvet you can see on one of his chairs. No luck!! Do you have any ideas? Thanks for all of the fun.
Allison

Style Court said...

Hi Allison -- I'm not sure about the velvet. You might try contacting

http://hollywoodathome.com/Textiles_menu1.html

Rose C'est La Vie said...

Mad about those contrasting greens of the brush pots.
This post is a great way to celebrate spring-a-coming. Thanks

Style Court said...

Rose and Karena -- so glad this put you in the mood for spring :)

stacy said...

I'll take 1 of everything.

Julie said...

I Love the second picture. The natural flowers on top of that huntboard with those gods underneath, it's just so romantic and whimsical.

ALL THE BEST said...

Oh I do hope spring is on the way! Love the photos!!

Binny said...

Chinese brush pots are very much attractive.Wow great offer!! I reside in India,can I use this registration to participate in this wonderful summer camp?

Style Court said...

Hi Binney -- it would probably be best to contact the museum, but I think the camp is designed for children who reside primarily in Alabama.