Cirque Americana x99

Each year, our marvelous Springfield Art Museum throws a party with a purpose, called "99x." The purpose is that the museum raises money to restore permanent pieces for the next 99 years. So clever! Both of us have been fortunate enough to put our creative crazy visions to work for the last two years. They…

Color Me Bad: Coloring Books for EVERYONE!

One of my current side hustle projects is to make a coloring book of floral art. I'm not talking about the intricate mandala-style books, where one missed paisley is a stress-induced scramble to cover it up. I want nice big patches of petals, or rosy cheeks for someone to puddle watercolors on top of. Here's…

Mood Board: Winter is Going

Here in SWMO, the sun is starting to shine, the days are getting longer, the weather just a bit warmer. With the arrival of Spring, we are finally saying goodbye to winter. But I won't lie. I love winter, and this one was particularly cozy. Full of family, nights by the fire, strong cocktails and…

Library Haul: Spring Break Edition

What's better than a mid-afternoon affogato? An affogato with new books from the library! Stephanie's picks this week: Life Unstyled: How to embrace imperfection and create a home you love *** Pretty Pastel Style: Decorating interiors with pastel shades *** Nic's Pick's Vintage Parties: A Guide to Throwing Themed Events—from Gatsby Galas to Mad Men…

Currently Reading: Leave Me Alone with the Recipes

In an age of endless influencers, it's so exciting to come across a purely original voice. I'm reading Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles, an illustrated semi-biography of the first woman art director for Conde Nast, Cipe Pineles. Editors Sarah Rich, Wendy MacNaughton, Maria Popova, and Debbie…

Anything But Neutral: Home Inspiration from the Movies

Both of us are OBSESSED with charming, cozy, European home design. The quirkier and more colorful, the better. I think we both know our husbands will only allow *so* much whimsy in our house. Therefore, we live vicariously. PADDINGTON BEAR is making the rounds in our family. I read the first book to my kiddos…

Book Love: Folk Art Techniques

My personal artistic style is messy, dreamy, and intuitive. I very rarely sketch out ideas or work with a final image in mind. This might be why I'm compelled to buy every art-technique book out there, because the process is so foreign and fascinating. I LOVE folk art, and folk design, from all regions of…