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Washington, D.C. Bound

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The husband and I are embarking on a mini-summer vacation to Washington, D.C. this weekend, and I cannot wait to get away! Though our visit will be short, I’m hoping to squeeze in as much as possible—a little museum time, a couple choice restaurants, and plenty of time with my fabulous extended family, most of which call Maryland and the East Coast home. Having lived in D.C. for a short while, and having visited countless times, I won’t be hitting all the sites, but instead just a couple favorites, most likely the National Museum of Natural History and The Phillips Collection.

My younger brother, who resides in D.C., volunteers at the Natural History Museum’s O. Orkin Insect Zoo, where he spreads his lifelong, and passionate love of wildlife with museum visitors. As he’s had an obsession with all things creepy crawly since forever, (his third birthday cake featured a frosting-drawn scorpion a la my artistic mother) visiting the Natural History Museum was always mandatory during family trips to D.C., a visit that has now become a loved tradition. I, on the other hand, cannot visit D.C. without stopping by The Phillips Collection, my absolutely favorite museum, and locale of a short but wonderful internship prior to my starting graduate school. Set apart from the National Mall, hidden amidst the Dupont Circle neighborhood, The Phillips Collection displays an incredible collection of Modern and Contemporary works, a collection began by husband and wife duo, Duncan and Marjorie Phillips. The intimate and enthralling museum winds through both the Phillips’ original three-story town home, as well as more contemporary gallery spaces which have been added over the years, overall encompassing 60,000 square feet along 21st St. If I had a “collecting allowance,” as Duncan Phillips received from his parents in 1916, my ideal collection would mirror that of the Phillips. Though I return again and again to re-visit my favorite works by Cézanne, Dufy, Bonnard, Tack, amongst many others….I love that the galleries are also always shifting, works moved to new locations not to fit a chronological timeline, but instead to spark conversation, to reveal new artistic connections.

Paul Cézanne, The Garden at Les Lauves (Le Jardin des Lauves), ca. 1906, Oil on canvas

Raoul Dufy, The Artist’s Studio, 1935, Oil on canvas

Pierre Bonnard, The Open Window, 1921, Oil on canvas

Augustus Vincent Tack, Ecstasy, 1929, Oil on canvas on wallboard

*images: Arch Land Blog edited by Good Old Modern // The Phillips Collection

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Latest Love: Per Kirkeby

I’m fairly certain that The Phillips Collection is incapable of disappointing (if I could pick any collection in the world to have as my own, the Phillips would certainly be it). Their latest exhibit,  Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture, certainly upholds this standard, presenting “the most comprehensive survey in the United States to date of works by Scandinavia’s most highly acclaimed living artist, Per Kirkeby (Danish, b. 1938)” (The Phillips Collection). A visionary painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer and filmmaker, Kirkeby’s expressive works fuse science and the visual arts, his Master’s education in geology a pronounced influence on the artist’s striated yet fluid compositions. Personally I cannot get enough of Kirkeby’s Matisse-like palette, and Klee-esque forms.

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For The Phillips Collection audio tour of the exhibit, visit The Phillips Collection website.

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Wedding Palette

Raoul Dufy
The Opera, Paris, early 1930s
Gouache on paper

I am marrying a beyond wonderful guy this August, and it’s finally starting to sink in that the big day is approaching. The past year has been pretty crazy with wedding planning, and I’ve found it’s nice to have one inspiring image to go back to, in making sure the entire look and feeling of our day comes together. From the start, I immediately choose Dufy’s The Opera, Paris as inspiration for our color palette, a painting which I fell in love with while working as a curatorial intern at The Phillips Collection in D.C.

Lovely place cards from an Equestrian affair found on Grey Likes Weddings / Floral Wreath Notepad by Rifle Paper Co., perfect for table numbers / Grey suit with black tie from an Oregon Wedding, photo by Daniel Usenko via Style Me Pretty / Pretty in Peach bouquet, photo by Elizabeth Messina spotted on Style Me Pretty / Banner and Branches invite by Alethea and Ruth, available on Minted / beautiful arrangement perfect for our garden ceremony by Poppies and Posies / Cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop, photography by jacshoot, spotted on Style Me Pretty / Signature Cocktails with quotable drink stirrers via Martha Stewart Weddings / DIY chalkboard sign by Anna via Ruffled

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