I'm ecstatic because I just received the exhibition catalog for Peach Tree Trail at UAB. Shown here are panels from Annie Butrus' installation that explores the volatile impact of nature on farmers' orchards in Chilton County, Alabama. Specifically you are looking at her interpretation of summer changes -- just a small sampling of the larger work.
Conceptually it is significant, so I feel a little inappropriate shifting into thoughts of decorating, but I have to confess I'm obsessed with the idea of one of the diptychs juxtaposed with a classic sideboard, rustic or formal.
As you've probably read, aesthetically Annie's work is inspired by very old Asian art, and the classic Southern dining room often includes Chinese wallpaper or framed oriental panels of some kind. That's where my mind is.
I'll be back soon with a related post about "the house in my head." Years ago, long before it was a chic thing to do, my grandfather bought a dilapidated house in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and restored it mainly with his own hands. (People thought he was an eccentric.) The property included an authentic carriage house so I've got a running fantasy about how I would decorate it if given the chance.
Sideboard in image four is from Baker. Angela Seckinger photographed Michael Rainey's golden retrievers and hunt board for Southern Accents.
Quintessential picture by Erica George Dines as seen in the 2009 March-April Southern Accents. The silver service is from Beverly Bremer.
Back to the show, I hope this image offers perspective. Click here for more.