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…

April Showers…

...bring May Flowers. And we love flowers! Real ones, pictures of ones, books of them...on floral prints, in folk art, embroidered on shoes. We'll take them any way we can. Here are some floral delights to look at until the rain goes away... Watercolor tulip print by Nicole Chilton Art *** Hot Chocolate Mary Jane…

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…

Everything is Better with CONFETTI

Our friend Whitney threw the most colorful and fun wedding celebration. The groomsmen had pompom boutonnieres, we tossed dried herbs and jingled bells as the new couple made their way to their chariot. The reception had vintage planters filled with colorful blooms, and giant confetti-filled balloons. Here are a few photos from the florists behind…

Pure Magic: A Wrinkle in Time Set Design

WHO wouldn't want to go see the new adaptation of the classic children's book "A Wrinkle in Time", a tale about the power of love and light in the time of darkness? Women directed, a diverse cast, and a story of the enduring power of love. What more could you ask for? (this was the…

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…

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…