Tonight is the lecture on Maison Jansen at Evergreen House in Baltimore. I am really looking forward to hearing James Archer Abbott, Curator of Evergreen talk about this incredible design firm. Click here to read a piece about Maison Jansen and Abbott's book on 1st Dibs. Depending on how long the lecture lasts, I will try and write up a piece about it when I get home. I will also share comments on Abbott's book with you.
In June, I might have convinced a friend in England to write about a day at the races. But these are not just any races, they're the Royal Ascot races, dating back to 1768. Royal Ascot is an internationally renowned sporting and social occasion, where tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet in a glorious setting. One of the most famous Ascot images is that of Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady" in her gorgeous black and white dress. Cecil Beaton designed the Ascot sets and costumes for the movie. This year's races are in mid-June, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: I got to Evergreen a little early, since you never know what rush hour traffic will bring. I had a nice conversation with James Archer Abbott, the lecturer and author of two Maison Jansen books, including the simply gorgeous Jansen Furniture, which other bloggers have written about.
I bought both of his books, which I could justify since I rarely pay for books, courtesy of Book Thing. Mr. Abbott kindly signed and dated them for me. He's working on a new book, this time about Baltimorean, decorator Billy Baldwin and I can't wait until he finishes that one!Mr. Abbott was a terrific lecturer, smart, funny and very informative. He illustrated his lecture with some incredible pictures from his books, and had great stories to tell about the firm, meeting Stephane Boudin and some of Jansen's clients. I took lots of notes and when I decipher my writing and distill my thoughts, I will share them with you.