"Design Library" was the name I really wanted to use for this blog, but a sharper blogger already had the idea and, besides that, there was textile connoisseur Susan Meller's 30-year-old repository, The Design Library. In college some of my friends dubbed me Library of Congress (not because I had an amazing mind but because I saved loads of photographs and articles). More than that though, I liked the library imagery since my hope was to create a peaceful, approachable site where a diverse group of readers could easily find helpful links to art-and-design-related resources such as LACMA's textile collection and Marla Mallett.
Trying to keep in mind friends who were juggling many responsibilities and always found themselves short on time, I decided to put a lot of effort into my blog sidebar, which encompasses lists of direct links to educational, practical, or (hopefully) inspirational sites.
In the past, the sildeshows in the sidebar were often comprised of my own original photos but at the moment you will find archived tear sheets representing the homes of two Southerners in New York: Elliott Puckette and Miles Redd. Both have outdoor areas that feel a little like courtyard gardens. (There are nine images in the Redd slideshow; be sure to use the arrow keys at the bottom of the screen.)
The list of labels to your right is ridiculously long. I'm struggling with that. Since the search box sometimes yields spotty results, I attempt to label everything so that readers can find past posts. Keep checking the resource list though, I'm always editing it and trying to keep the size manageable.
1. The Design Library archives photographed by Jim Bastardo via Victoria, 2001.
2. The library at The Mount from Edith Wharton: A House Full of Rooms: Architecture, Interiors, Gardens by Theresa Craig with photographs by John Bessler.
3. Paul Costello photograph of Miles Redd and friends, domino, April 2008.