Finding Inspiration at the National Museum of the American Indian

This museum has been on our to-do list for a long while and this past weekend we finally found ourselves down on Wall Street and decided it was time to mark it off the list. The museum entrance is flanked by several of these large scale sculptures. They are beyond beautiful and we spent as much time outside admiring them as we did inside looking at the exhibitions. The design and craftsmanship of these textiles and pieces below made us sorry we hadn’t visited sooner. They are truly timeless in their appeal.

We’ll close with one of our favorite portraits in the collection. This little fellow made us smile the minute we saw him–his outfit is perfection and his poise and hint of sass makes it even more brilliant.

Books We Covet: Four Years in Paradise & I Married Adventure

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. These two titles by Osa Johnson are so fab we’re ogling, buying and adding them to our bookshelves ASAP!

Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory

Last night we attended the opening gala of the Antiques, Art, & Design Show at NYC’s Park Avenue Armory (thanks to our friend Anna for the photo). While the packed house made it somewhat challenging to get great photos of everything we wanted to, we did manage to snag a couple of quick pictures of a few of the things we loved.

This was probably our favorite piece in the show. Mounted on the wall (I think the dealer said it was Paul Evans), this brass and wood brutalist piece knocked us out!

Rugs, beautiful, HUGE, rugs. This dealer had some gorgeous ones….!

We booth immediately went “ohhhh” when we saw this beauty: the patina, the feline heads and feet, the delicate lines–perfection!

We also thought this sconce, while very simple, was fantastic.

One of the best parts of the evening was getting to see our dear–and uber stylish–friend Brooks Morrison Tyree from Moore and Giles. Here she is giving a tour of The Woody, a collaborative project designed by the talented and ever charming Brad Ford.

Jim Meehan of PDT collaborated with Brad on the Woody and created the evening’s best drink, the Pink Flamingo (grapefruit, fresh squeezed lime, and Banks rum) that had everyone lining up and keeping the super sweet bartender Jeff busy all night. We’re really excited for Jim’s PDT Cocktail Book to come out in October (he’s also done a brilliant bar keep bag with Moore and Giles). A fun evening all the way around!

Leather and Brass

Antiqued brass & perfectly worn-in cognac leather are a perfectly patinaed pairing that we tend to fall for over and over. While this combo has been on our radar for a while, we have a feeling this is going to be a lasting trend.

Three Carl Aubock Glass , Leather & Brass Pitchers

Col. Littleton No. 1 Grip Bag (We saw a man in the airport carrying this and stalked him until we had a chance to ask him what it was…too die for!)

Wingback Leather Armchair

Leather and Brass Desk Set by Simon Hasan

Falling in Love: Schumacher’s Fall Collection

We don’t know what is in the water over at Schumacher this fall, but as the weather turns cooler we can not get enough of their latest wallcoverings and fabric designs. The colors are spot on with their vibrant hues and the patterns make us want to redo our own houses! Take a look at some of their goodness:

Chevron Texture wallcovering in Burnished Bronze

Kasari Ikat fabric in Graphite

Metropolitan Velvet in Blood Orange

Greek Key Sisal in Jet

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