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CREATIVE CRUSH | JUNE

June 4, 2020

Over the past week, the corners and coasts of New England have started to emerge from the safety of their Corona-cocoons, transitioning between Phases like a rite of passage from pre- to post. Life as we all knew it has changed dramatically in recent months, and as for many, we find ourselves entering into a wounded country wrought with emotion. We’ve been served the same cocktail of uncertainty and have chosen to respond by listening, learning + reflecting on how to impart change in our daily lives. Our focus at TGL and Around the Pound continues to be centered around content that celebrates creativity in all shapes + sizes. An open invitation when you’re seeking inspiration, or perhaps in need of a reminder that in the midst of what may feel like chaos, there are places + spaces where everyone is welcome, we’d love to have you.

CREATIVE CRUSH | JUNE EDITION

Dress *a room* in layers. (@paul_massey | @stephenkentjohnson)

True blue. (@officine_universelle_buly)

Fit to print. (@searoosts | @antoinettepoisson | @lauriefrankel)

A pop of poppy. (@hesperios | @catherinebjones)

Check mate. (@mariadelaordenstudio)

Home is where the heart is. (@annakarlinstudio)

Never stop believing. (@hollieward_)

 

You may have wondered why I so frequently share my admiration for all things textiles at TGL. The short answer – if it’s knitted, printed or woven, it’s the bee’s knees in my book. The long answer (which I’ll tuck away in more detail for a rainy day, or god forbid, another pandemic) – I studied Textile Design at the nation’s oldest textile institution so textiles are always in my peripheral vision. In my Bachelor’s course of study, the trifecta of textile disciplines were covered in depth, and while I elected for a capstone concentration in knit design, printed textiles are personally one of my favorite platforms for celebrating pattern + color.

My recently launched series The Captain’s Catch includes an inspiring interview from Business of Home featuring painter and designer Serena Dugan. Serena, whose given name still resides with the lifestyle brand Serena & Lily she co-founded in 2004, left corporate culture in 2017 in pursuit of a return to her artistic roots. Having contributed creatively to the California based-brand for more than 15 years as CCO, Serena’s passion for painting and fine art tugged at her hartstrings. After what some may call a daring departure from the safety net of direct-to-consumer retail, she completed a painting residency at a chateau in the French countryside, and in early 2020 launched Serena Dugan Studio. Textile Designers are what I like to call the unicorns of the design world, frequently overlooked for more glamorous roles in Fashion Design or Interior Design; a niche group of creatives responsible for the very fabrics showcased in end-form on respective runways and in the beautiful rooms of the aforementioned designers. Combine the talent of a fine artist with the subtle beauty of a textile and it’s a recipe for sheer magic.

Tucked in a cozy 1,000 sq.ft. studio hugging the waters of Sausalito (a tiny hamlet a stone’s throw from San Francisco), Serena and her small team have introduced a collection of screenprinted textiles, wall coverings + for those of you decoratively challenged, pillows guaranteed to make any loveseat or window seat pop with a touch of pattern. Several collections, each uniquely inspired by Dugan’s travels, translate beautifully on a ground of 100% Belgian Linen, the gold standard in home textiles and with a spotlight on screenprinting, which harmoniously blends art + handcraft, we’re yearning for yardage. Whether you have a statement wall or a tucked away sitting room calling for a special touch of tactile interest (cue the grasscloth), these delectable designs are guaranteed to provide a unique look worthy of picture-perfect ‘grams or simple, unadulterated adoration. The toughest challenge you’ll face will be deciding which print, or likely even more difficult, which colorway, to call your own.

Images by Serena Dugan Studio and Laurie Frankel.

Like many of you joining us at Around the Pound, I haven’t left the house in weeks barring a small handful of outings geared exclusively at picking up the essentials. And yet, despite what many would deem the confines of home, I’ve found myself more inspired than in the many months prior to rotating Sundays in pajamas (these are my current go-to) with a side of puzzles. From the coast of New England, I’m delighted to introduce our newest hallmark at TGL. Personally penned + curated by yours truly, ‘The Captain’s Catch’ provides you, TGL readers, direct access to my most well kept insider secrets – what I’m watching, where I’m wandering (virtually until further notice) + what I’m reading, i.e. the fuel that feeds my creative fire outside the office on any given day. Not dissimilar to the ‘direct from the dock‘ approach of providing access to the most local of local fare, I hope you’ll equally delight in the content I’ve curated. Paired with visual keepsakes I’ve been collecting herehere, it’s the perfect recipe to thrive, (note, not survive) in whatever life throws our way. Found something worthy of sharing or simply want to say hello? Feel free to send me a note, I’d love that too. xx, D

| watch | If #stayathome orders haven’t inspired you to curl up with a good book (or ten), perhaps this documentary will change your tune. For me, a lifelong bookworm, tucking into a quiet corner of an independent store is to willingly cocoon in the company of the written word for an afternoon; fast becoming the unicorns of the book world, these literary landmarks + their leaders face near extinction to mass retailers + digital devices. PSA: Newport’s beloved single-screen Jane Pickens Theater is streaming films that would have otherwise opened during this time; consider supporting local by watching The Booksellers + other indie films from the comfort of your own home (and no one to judge, er elbow you, over that second bowl of popcorn).

| read | You may recognize her of the Cali-based lifestyle brand that shares her given name, but we’re head-over-heels for Serena Dugan’s more recent venture, a namesake studio founded in pursuit of creating beautiful prints, patterns and artwork (all of which you’ll want to cover every available surface of your life with). In an interview with the industry go-to resource Business of Home, Dugan shares what inspired her to trade corporate culture for a return to her creative roots.

| wander | Museums may currently be closed, but many collections are far from off limits. Ever wondered what goes into opening a major exhibit, especially when the works of art aren’t of the framed kind? A behind-the-scenes tour of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, the show that débuted at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 2017, will forever alter your mindset about paying an entry fee. It’s filmed primarily in French (with subtitles), so while most of us won’t be traveling to Paris any time soon, at least for a fleeting hour we can feel akin to strolling the Champs-Élysées. And for my neatnik, paper-loving peeps (you know who you are), I have two words for you – Dior Archives.

| listen | It’s certainly no secret, we adore the work of Rhode Island furniture maker O & G. Under ‘normal’ settings, but particularly during these unprecedented times, navigating the high seas of small business ownership can feel like taking on the southernmost leg of the renowned Ocean Race. Two podcasts with brand co-founder + Creative Director Jonathan Glatt, 1) sharing how his small team is not only reinventing classics for contemporary living, but 2) adjusting their sails to survive the most important, and unanticipated, journey in their history.

| learn | House & Garden’s Calico Club has just the remedy to break up those long neverending #wfh hours – a series of thirty-minute morsels filled with creative content perfectly sized to schedule into your lunch hour (sublimely starting at 1pm EST). Last week we joined Gabby Deeming’s talk on textiles, next in the queue, a conversation on how to create a successful cutting garden. Let’s be honest my fellow Americans, a half hour of British accents are a welcome antidote to any stateside-led Webex and if we learn how to grow the perfect English garden or adore chintz as openly as any royal in the process, we might just survive this godawful pandemic afterall.

WARP & WEFT | ALEXANDRA KOHL

February 22, 2019

It was a few years ago at Field & Supply that we first came across the work of New York-based Fiber Artist Alexandra Kohl. Kohl, an avid equestrian, combines the beauty of cotton with horsehair via a delicate dance of warp and weft. The result – hand-woven textiles which not only unite the natural qualities of plant and animal, but also emanate an intricacy that discreetly draws the viewer in for closer admiration. For anyone unfamiliar with the age-old craft of hand-weaving, it is a process equally laborious and tranquil; each individual yarn manipulated by the weaver in a deliberate act as intricate as those of an experienced surgeon. Kohl’s masterful hand and eye for color marry flawlessly to preserve the longstanding tradition of hand-weaving.

In her most recent body of work, a joint venture with furniture designer J.M. Szymanski, bespoke furnishings juxtapose Kohl’s soft substrates against the stature of cast iron. Named an emerging talent by Architectural Digest in 2017, Kohl’s admiration for minimalism and organic architecture lends inspiration and is distinctly embodied in her textiles. What makes Kohl’s work even more desirable? A unique versatility to complement a wide range of aesthetic preferences, modern to traditional.

Images courtesy of Alexandra Kohl.

NEW ORLEANS

June 18, 2017

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It’s no secret, New Orleans has had its share of trials and tribulations. But like any great city grounded by its historical roots, layered with a resounding pride of the locals, it will make a comeback, and some may venture to say, find itself emerging head and shoulders above where it was before. When mentioning a visit to New Orleans, usually three things come up in conversation – the music, the food, and yes, the never-ending party. Hence, we knew we were in for good tunes, even better eats, and the rest is as they say, history.

Itinerary confirmed, we sensed it would be darn near impossible to have a less-than meal in NOLA. And while there’s crawfish and cajun aplenty, we had a mission to find the pulse of newer eateries in The Big Easy. With coastal fare a staple in our daily diet, the Crescent City did not disappoint. We fell head-over-heels for one of the most adorable seafood haunts we’ve ever laid eyes on. (In fact, she was so memorable, we’ve decided to dedicate a separate post to her entirely.) High atop our destination list? Balise, a corner gem in a Creole townhouse on Carondelet. Barely a foot across the threshold, you’ll witness the work of our pals at Stitch Design Co., whose discerning eye for details left no stone unturned in complementing the equally amazing food of James Beard award-winning Chef, Justin Devillier.

In cities like New Orleans, the best found spots are typically discovered off the beaten path. In a concerted effort to avoid the aforementioned fête interminable, we decided to trade the hubbub of Bourbon St. for the quiet charisma of the Garden District. Lead by Katrina of NOLA Architecture Tours, (who just so happens to be a native New Englander), we soaked in side streets chock full of Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian homes, many with humble secret gardens, all oozing with Southern charm. Not to be missed in this beautiful ‘hood? Loomed, a New-Orleans based textile brand that had us filling our carry-on with all the pretty pestamels. Lest you forget, you can also find their wares at Sunday Shop, a short walk away in the Lower Garden District.

All-in-all, our most recent Gilded Getaway had something for everyone – well-crafted cocktails, oysters by the dozen(s), did we mention there was a Marsalis too? Heading to NOLA? Bring your sunnies (or pick some up at local shoppe Krewe), find some shade and settle into your own gentle, slow and easy-going way of life.

 

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