CTL Weekly 02.02

Happy Friday, friend! How was your week? We have been having some amazing spring-like weather and it seems to have put everyone in a good mood. We’re going to enjoy it while it lasts.

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A little story about the photo you see above: I originally saw this piece of art on Instagram in the house of someone I follow but don’t know. I was so taken by it that I googled around to see if I could find it and it turns out it’s a print of a painting done in the 1880’s of a Scottish reverend who was part of a skating society in Edinburgh. Anestry.com tells me that I’m 34% Scottish and our Scottish heritage was a big deal to my dad so that made me love it even more.

Because the painting was done so long ago, it’s a public domain work so I bought a download of it on Etsy and had it printed*. When it arrived I put it in this frame I had bought at another art sale and when I hung it up I may have squealed a little. I couldn’t love it more.

I found this short video that tells the story of the original painting, which hangs in the National Galleries of Scotland. It has a pretty interesting history, including a connection to Bruce Springsteen. The painting is commonly called The Skating Minister and I’m so happy to have him in our home.

I also brought home these two pieces from a recent visit to an antique mall, so it’s been a happy art week at our house.

*I had this printed through Mpix. (FYI, that link will give you $10 off your first order if you want to try them.) When I have something printed at Mpix that isn’t going to be behind glass, like this print, I choose the gilcee print on fine art photographic paper on double-weight matboard.

Home Tour

Maura Endres is one of my favorite Instagram follows; I love studying her rich and layered home. Maura tends to let her photos do the speaking on IG but a few years back The Glam Pad did an interview with her where she talks about her home and her style.

Currently Loving

I had been looking for a lightweight vest in a longer length when I ran across this vest for all seasons from Coldwater Creek. I got it in black but it comes in ten different colors. It’s on sale right now.

On My Radar

I noticed that our bar stools from Arhaus are also on sale. We’ve had these bistro-style stools for several years and I still love them. Ours are in this natural weathered finish but they come in dark brown and black too.

More to Explore

Have you heard of the bookshelf wealth design trend? From the article: Bookshelf wealth may be the latest trend, but unlike most TikTok-approved design aesthetics, this one is deeply personal and will endure for years to come. As you gradually add things that reflect your taste, you’ll realize that your bookshelf only gets richer with time.

Tom isn’t a Brussels Sprouts fan. I wonder if this recipe for crispy sprouts with bacon could change his mind.

The James Beard 2024 semi-finalists were just announced. KC friends, here are the area chefs and restaurants who made it.

A Nashville weekend guide from Veranda.

What an adorable Valentine’s Day idea. You can find the drink carriers on Amazon if you want to do this yourself.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

P.S. Ingredients for a soulful house part 2: art and our Nashville trip report.

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One Comment

  1. As always, love your content. Those vests are a 3 season staple for me, but could use a couple replacements. Thanks, and have a great weekend!

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