This Weekend: Best of the Fest Children’s Film Series and The Antiques & Garden Fair

  Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the first installment of Best of the Fest Children's Film Series, produced by Chicago's Facets Multi-Media and presented at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.  Milos Stehlik (pictured above), founder of Facets, travels the world to find films for children that engage, entertain, and empower.  Last … Continue reading This Weekend: Best of the Fest Children’s Film Series and The Antiques & Garden Fair

A Midwest Autumn

"Chicago is an October sort of city, even in Spring." - Nelson Algren Yesterday's blustery grey skies created a perfect backdrop for the Chicago Botanic Garden's jewel toned autumn landscape.  Wind gusts scattered leaves along the winding gravel walking paths - a bittersweet reminder of the season's fleeting beauty.

Happy Friday

"Do anything, but let it produce joy." - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass   Wishing everyone a relaxing, joy-filled weekend!  Above, more images from last weekend's trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. all images via the aesthete and the dilettante

Michael Smith at the Antiques and Garden Fair + Treasures from the Day

Michael Smith, one of America's premier interior designers (and the one chosen by First Lady and President Obama to redecorate the White House family quarters), gave a fantastic lecture on Friday at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Antiques and Garden Fair.  I've been a huge admirer of Smith's work, particularly his ability to layer textures, ages, … Continue reading Michael Smith at the Antiques and Garden Fair + Treasures from the Day