The gracious and charming Julie at Kitchenography and I had a couple of area bloggers to brunch today. It was lots of fun to meet some incredibly creative and interesting new friends.
Julie has the most wonderful kitchen... it's on the ground level of their house, and it painted a lovely pale yellow. With the huge center island and the farm table, all of us were able to crowd around and eat together. She's also got the most incredibly stunning stove I've ever seen!
Anne, who is Prêt à Voyager, also writes for Design*Sponge and is an intern for Grace Bonney, the creative editor of that ground-breaking blog. Look for Anne's picture on D*S with Baltimore-boy, Christian Siriano, winner of Project Runway.
Janet, a curator in DC, writes the gorgeous ~JCB~. She and I took off after the brunch and went to the Book Thing and for a tour of Tivoli House, where I work. Janet scored a wonderful book on needlepoint designs that had the most incredible Chinoiserie frogs and turtles patterns to make. Take a look at Janet's blog, it's so serene and calm.
Rachel, at Hue Consulting, is a colourist who looks at the psychology of colours, and will be featured in an upcoming article in the Washington Post's bloglines section. She's also a member of The International Association of Color Consultants North America and teaches colour theory!
The rest of the crowd were food bloggers, some of whom I had met at a panel discussion we did a few weeks ago. They're all cooks, and I am a restaurant reviewer, so I was slightly cowed to be with such a talented crew. I even bought some pans so I could cook, too!
My take at the Book Thing was pretty good... Before we even got there, I got Julie to hand over her extra copy of the Diana Vreeland book, and I can't wait to start it. Although I am not a huge fan of mid-century modern, I couldn't resist picking up Mary & Russel Wright's Guide to Easier Living. It's illustrated with hundreds of line drawings and charts to help simplify living! I also found a 1978 House Beautiful among the dozens of 70's era HBs that were there. It's on the Quest for Quality, so I thought I'd see how their suggestions hold up after 30 years. Finally, I got a book on the Architecture and Gardens of Tidewater Maryland, a topic of great interst to our family.