Peonies and yellows and a cute, cute couple

This is Susan from Sparrow, and Robert from Mode Carpentry and Longman & Eagle.  They own businesses right around the corner from us in Logan Square and they're engaged.

Simply Jessie took all these amazing photos.

You can find more of them HERE and HERE.

And Sarah Drake Design created some paper and fabric adorableness.

We created a little sweet heart table for them at the Inn above Longman & Eagle, which Robert designed and built.  Any of my out of town friends will indeed be staying here.  In fact, I'm ready to move in.  It's fresh, simple and filled with repurposed material.  And there is a cassette desk.  Oh man, don't you remember making mix tapes??!  Mix cd's just don't cut it.

This table setting is honestly one of my favorites.  It's a bit rustic with the grape vine and birch on the table, yet filled with somewhat traditional and lush blooms.  But still modern with those amazing bitch etched wine glasses (We sell them at Fleur) and the awesome yellow chairs.  The colors.., light blue, yellow and cream are wonderful for the season as well.  I love the blue-yellow combo in general these days.

Thank you Susan & Robert and to Simply Jessie and Sarah Drake Designs for all the creativity!!

XO!

Art & nature & stuff

I'm trying to grow my hair out.
It's a painful endeavor, continually teaching me patience.
Luckily there is Susan at Sparrow.
Last week when I was sitting in the salon I picked up a copy of
Ernst Haeckel's Art Forms in Nature
(A MUCH better read than the average US magazine.., even though I
do enjoy reading about Lady Gaga from time to time).
I can pour over books like this for hours,
they are absolutely stunning.
The colors and intricacies of design blow me away.
So after my haircut, I ran home to look at my copy of
Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Curiosities.
I LOVE this book.  It's large, and heavy with pull out pages.
Filled with perfectly odd creatures and shapes.
And stunning designs, so mosaic like.
The octopi, the seashells and the flowers...
Skimming though this reminded me also of when Dave's
Mom was just in
town and we visited the Shedd Aquarium.
In all honestly, this post really isn't about anything
other than sharing with you shapes and textures and colors and
books and things I like.
Like seahorses and coral and weird Lovecraftian shapes.
(Although I do also love the Tour de France, wine,
baguettes and lavender,
that is neither here nor there and for some other day).