Perspective in Design and Life

In design, perspective can create depth. The same is true about life. The depth of a matter cannot be fully appreciated and measured until you see things from different points of view.

Robert Jackson's painted garden landscapes in a breakfast room. The French chairs are from the 19th century and are upholstered in blue leather. [from Point of View by Bunny Williams]

Robert Jackson’s painted garden landscapes in a breakfast room. The French chairs are from the 19th century and are upholstered in blue leather. [from Point of View by Bunny Williams]

As I am getting older, I am realizing this more and more. Looking at something differently, rather it be a social issue, personal grievance, or a brown leather loveseat that sucks all the light out of the room, is what I want to do in the coming year. I want 2015 to be a time of perspective. [Also, a year where I get more fit of course. I already went out and got new walking shoes and fancy workout pants! I told Matt, my husband, I was sure the lack of proper equipment was the only thing holding me back from winning our city’s River Run in 2015.]

Pink is used as a neutral in fashion designer Jill Roberts's home office. Designer Mary McDonald used English, Chinese, and French antiques accented with a zebra-skin rug and a chinoiserie mirror to create a very glamorous look.

Pink is used as a neutral in fashion designer Jill Roberts’s home office. Designer Mary McDonald used English, Chinese, and French antiques accented with a zebra-skin rug and a chinoiserie mirror to create a very glamorous look.

My endeavors here at HOSTandSERVE to chronicle our collecting of a house and to save the dinner party are almost a year in the making and it has made me be more appreciative of everything my family has taught me, the experiences they created for us growing up, and the values they instilled in us. I’ve gained so much from these mighty Evans and Wheeler women; you always learn from people with great taste.

As Bunny Williams said, “You learn from people who really know how to live, and living well takes effort. You have to have high expectations.”  They began creating a perspective for me as a young girl and I’ve been gaining and refining my own point of view ever since. I believe it is something we continue to do our entire lives and isn’t that just grand!

Mary McDonald's own dining room. She uses a dark gray on the walls with white trim. Glossy Chippendale chairs serve as a great juxtaposition to the matte walls. A fantastic French chandelier is the glamorous focal point, and she has set her table with her personal silver collection which is simple and chic. I'd love to sit at that table.

Mary McDonald’s own dining room. She uses a dark gray on the walls with white trim. Glossy Chippendale chairs serve as a great juxtaposition to the matte walls. A fantastic French chandelier is the glamorous focal point, and she has set her table with her personal silver collection which is simple and chic. I’d love to sit at that table.

I can think of no better place to start my new monthly PERSPECTIVE look than with Jacksonville’s Art & Antiques Show.

As a first time volunteer at the Art & Antiques show, I saw an angle the typical show guest does not normally see. I got a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into creating such a successful event. The forethought, planning, organization, and workforce required for the show can only be described as incredible. The fact that it is done with a smile because the Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s cause is so dear, makes it all the more impressive and all the more precious.

My new perspective from behind the counter as a volunteer at the Pastry Cafe.

My new perspective from behind the counter as a volunteer at the Pastry Cafe.

As the dear friend of two first-time attendees, I saw the show through their eyes. After attending the lecture given by Jane Schwab & Cindy Smith on Saturday, authors of The Welcoming House, we have been excitedly discussing what we learned. Just last night I got a text from Heidi, picking up the weekend’s continued discussion,

“You know what else I learned from the lecture? Be selective, especially about the ideas I find on Pinterest. Seeing all that beautiful design has helped train my eye. “

“I know,” I texted back, “After last year’s lectures, I went through and edited my boards!”

“I need to do that. I’m kinda embarrassed. I’m deleting things that can only now be described as ‘juvenile.’”

Another look at one of my many favorite booths.

Another look at one of my many favorite booths.

We laughed about what our husbands’ reactions would be to our epiphanies and our changing tastes.

What an education the show provides; but what makes it so distinct is that it provides lessons, not just in the logistics and aesthetic realms, but also for your heart.

As an attendee at Sunday’s lecture, I saw Women’s Board President Mrs. L. Johnson Sarber introduce one of the patients from Wolfson and the patient’s mother. Mrs. Sarber shared that she, too, recently experienced having a child in Wolfson and that through the difficulty there was great comfort because she knew the excellent care that was being provided by the expert nurses and doctors there. From my seat in the audience what I heard was the profound love of a mother’s heart for her child and the deep gratitude for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Last year I walked away from the show knowing it was going to be one of my favorite annual events. But this year, I am walking away knowing, seeing, and feeling so much more.

It is not just a show…but it’s a cause, it’s a love, and it has a heart of immeasurable depth.

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from the Amanda and I at the Art & Antiques Show Opening Night Gala  [featuring our fabulous dresses from Rent the Runway!]

Amanda and I at the Art & Antiques Opening Night Gala [in our Rent the Runway gowns!]

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