I had hoped to start a little dahlia mania at the end of the summer (like peony mania last spring) but the flowers aren't popping up at any of the markets near me.
[Hannah Borger Overbeck, Dahlias, circa 1915, watercolor and ink on paper, LACMA collection]
The only dahlia in my house right now is the one on a pillow cover that I bought a while ago from John Robshaw.
On the gallery wall front, though, I like to think I'm making progress. Words from tastemakers inspire: Frances MacDougall once said -- if my memory is correct -- that personal art keeps a bedroom from feeling like a hotel room, and Rose Tarlow opined that a successfully pulled together bedroom is one in which you could be content if forced to camp out there for a week or two.
On one wall I hung a large Mark Starnes photograph and surrounded it with smaller pieces by Stacey Bradley, Amanda Gordon Miller, Heather Leigh Young and Kelly Robson.
This weekend I plan to spend more time looking back at the fun "Twin Tastes" house tours recently posted by Amanda Talley. In addition to Amanda's work, be on the lookout for some Buccis.
In the collage at top, the dahlia close-up is via dziobak on Flickr. The last two images in this post are courtesy Amanda Talley.
As an afterthought, I wanted to share the low hanging work of art on the right in Boomama's classic house. It is placed well below eye level, but it works because it relates to the nearby furniture and the mantle. It's not floating in space. (And, yes, you are looking at a Mad Men party in Atlanta.)