30 March 2010

Cote de Texas Interview

 

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I sat down for a quick interview this week with the blog Hall Ready.  Well – that’s not exactly the truth – I actually sat down with my computer and answered a few questions sent to me via email.  Somehow pretending I was interviewed in a studio with lights and cameras sounds more romantic than just typing out a few quick answers.

Kate Shaw, a photographer, writes the blog Hall Ready which has a very interesting premise:  it is dedicated to showing how best to show art in the home.   Shaw writes about purchasing art, framing it, and hanging it.  So naturally my interview centered around art in my home (of which I have very very little!)

 

 

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Look Ma – no art!!!!   Hall Ready ask me what was the newest piece of art work I had hanging in my house:   it’s my antique French barometer purchased on 1st Dibs. 

 

 

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Antique mirror:  Hall Ready asked me what was the artwork I’ve owned for the longest period of time.  The answer is this mirror that once hung in my parents house.

 

To read the Cote de Texas interview on Art in the Home, go to Hall Ready HERE.   Thanks Kate!!!

 

 

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32 comments:

  1. "Look Ma -- no art!" I love it! I'm the same way; I tend to buy mirrors, clocks, antique iron pieces, etc. I think I'm skeered to commit to more typical "art".

    Going to check out the interview...

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  2. Oh goodness. I love that barometer.
    Ist Dibs? Really?

    I'm off to read the interview......

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  3. You crack me up, Joni! The barometer is beautiful and I am swooning over your collection of crystal and quartz obelisks. If you ever want to get rid of them, you know who to call!

    xoxo

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  4. The vignette of crystal, small shell prints and that beautiful Roman (?)bust is poetic-and the perfect art for the room-lovely interiors Joni.

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  5. Off to check out your interview! Thank you for sharing and I love what little art work you have! Have a great day! ~lulu

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  7. Every time you add a new picture of one of your purchases, I die of jealousy. I never knew I wanted things until after I see them in your house. So off I am to steal some money to pay for a french barometer. xo, MB

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  8. Love your entry hall.
    Its nice to have a piece from your family too. My grandmother was an artist, so I have tons of her paintings.
    I really think that you should only have things that you love in your home. Its better to have a few great things than filling up the place with stuff just to fill it.

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  9. Your dining room is gorgeous. And I love your new 1st dibs find! Off to read the interview..

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  10. Great interview! What I most love inthe pictures (besides that CRAZY french barometer that I'm totally going to steal from you) are your rock crystal oblisks -SO PRETTY!

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  11. Debra (Oreillers)March 31, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    I went and looked at 1st Dibs barometers and wholly cow they’re expensive so if you got a great deal I’m thrilled for you because yours is stunning! I’m like you I don’t collect art my husband has tried and now we have a definite mismatched pieces that I would love to move long but the husband loves them. He has this thing for architectural art so I’ve given over our sitting room just for the pictures and I have to say they look nice in the same room but don’t really go with rest of our home. He started collecting 17th-18th century capitals, courtesy of birthdays and Christmas and I have to admit they look amazing grouped together on a wall, now to get rid of the flat pictures and I’d be happy. Thanks for another wonderful post!

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  12. I love, love, love the mirror, sconces, and the entire grouping you have along with it! Not only is it gorgeous it is also very interesting.

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  13. Joni, I saw the post over at Morning T and Wind lost , you are looking great, girl!!! How fun, would love to have been there, lucky girls. I love the fact that you are showing that art comes in different forms. Love, love the barometer. You have wonderful taste and the vignette on the console is perfection, Kathysue

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  14. Your home is always so lovely. I don't own much "art" either. I tend to like mirrors, plates and architectural pieces on my walls rather than paintings.

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  15. I too am in the pro "mirror camp". I love the light it brings in and opportunity to look for an interesting reflection to enhance. I've been trying to luck out on a barometer ever since that post ran earlier! As always, thanks for the interesting reads and idea inspirations! Your blog consistently has more depth and effort than many others that are out there.

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  16. Joni, without being personal, what would you consider a good price for a Fr. Barometer? I have found one that I really like on 1st Dibs, but cannot judge pricing because I don't know exactly how 1st Dibs works. Can you give your readers a lesson? Do you make bids on items, pay the list price, what? Yours is really lovely and I too have an empty wall where one may look good. I have lots of wall space so I have plenty of mirrors, artwork, etc. The barometer is very special. We could use a lesson in buying on 1st Dibs if you can find the time to either respond or someday do a post. Thanks

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  17. Joni, You have never met me, but I feel like I know you from reading your blog for nearly two years. I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts--they are informative and keep me reading. I need to ask you for some advice. After being inspired by all of you blog writers that I read so faithfully, I have launched my own blog. I know, we are multiplying as fast as rabbits, but you all who have set such a high standard are to blame! You've inspired us. What I would like to know is how do you get your blog posted and read. My URL is: http://graciousinteriors.blogspot.com/. I would welcome any suggestions you might make.

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  18. Your home is full of "objects de art" and they are beautiful!

    Napoleon, Josephine and M. Antoinette would feel right at home!

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  19. Hi Joni, I think I remember seeing French hand-colored bird engravings in your living room? I definitely think they qualify as art. Plus, your entire house seems like one creative art-istic endeavor. Love that c. 1800 mirror and the barometer.

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  20. I'm going over to check out your story but seriously your home is so lovely, I love your vignette in your dining room! Love 1stDibs and love that you have a mirror from your parents, I love using objects that are sentimental, they always seem to work don't they!

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  21. HI! You are going to think I am totally crazy but I was reading Layla Palmers' blog and came across an interview you did oh, about a year ago... and I saw that you mentioned "History of Texas Football" in your list of books not going in your dream library. Would that happen to be the version written by Bobby Hawthorne? If so, that is my uncle! I thought, if it is, you would be interested to know he has a blog too that is very funny! If it is, email me and I will send you the link. If not, disregard! :)

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  22. Joni, I love your blog, adore your home, and admire your taste, but I think I'm probably about $25,000. worth of plastic surgery away from hanging mirrors in my home, no matter how dim the light. That French whatchamacallit is another story -- just wonderful.

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  23. Inspired by your barometer, I rescued one today which had been taken to Roundtop via a dealer from So. Fla. I found it on 1st Dibs and it is really a beauty from the pictures. Holding my breath until it arrives. I have several places where it would be perfect so for a few days it will become a moveable feast - living room, master bedroom, dining room, library. This was a great motivator for me to stick my neck out and take a chance on 1st Dibs. Thanks for the great post!

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  24. Joni, how can I get in touch with you? I couln't find you email listed anywhere. I'd like to gift you with one of my small paintings.

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  25. as an artist i am only slightly surprised at the lack of art (paintings, sculpture) in most people's homes...but like some of your readers have said they don't know how to purchase art or don't really care for it...the most important thing to remember is "decorate to your tastes". if art doesn't interest you, then don't go there but i also think that for those a little more adventurous to look into small purchases from local artists.....amazingly, you can still buy lovely little pieces for under $1000....sometimes finding pieces for $100...i grew up with art in my home. my mother always had interesting avant guarde pieces on the walls.....and no, she didn't try to match the art with the draperies (very taboo). i love your candor and honesty, thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights.....
    maureenlynne

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  26. Connie - email me at
    mrballbox329@aol.com

    thanks!!!
    Joni

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  27. Too funny Joni!!! But, can I tell you this gave me great comfort as I too have virtually no art! It was sort of my new years resolution to focus on this more at this point in my life. Not getting any younger and now college tuition is just around the corner!!! Relate...yes?
    ~Rebecca

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  28. bobbyhawthorne.blogspot.com is his blog. He is also a diehard UT fan so they will have much in common.. You will learn a lot about our family on that blog! Don't hold it against me! :)

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  29. Dear Joni,
    This is Mignon from Atlanta, and I'm having another antique sale in Houston on April 16, 17, and 18th at 2226 Quenby St. in Southampton. Your blog about my last sale brought a tremendous response, and I'm hoping you will be so kind as to write another blog for this sale. I have many new French pieces which will look great in the house. Please email me at
    toppingm@bellsouth.net

    Thank you so much!
    Mignon

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  30. hi- anon.
    those barometers on 1st dibs are way expensive. even in france.
    i could a huge deal from a company that buys locally in CA from estates. they work on small profit margins. i got mine for under 1200 irrc, maybe less. usually they start at 5k and up. seriously.

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  31. Joni - huge news in the magazine world: Drucker going to Town & Country and other changes. Go to:

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hearst-magazines-names-three-editors-in-chief-stephen-drucker-to-lead-towncountry-newell-turner-becomes-editor-in-chief-of-house-beautiful-dara-caponigro-named-editor-in-chief-of-veranda-89998007.html

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