How is it already Wednesday? This week is flying by isn’t it? I guess I am going a little crazy trying to squeeze in as many chores and activities as possible before the kids are off for summer. Luckily in New Jersey, schools don’t get out until mid-June. Still, time is ticking by…
Last week, my lovely friend, Karolyn from The Relished Roost invited me to accompany her on a road trip to Rye, New York. A group of Karolyn’s blogger friends were getting together to welcome the super talented artist, Jeanne McKay Hartmann who was making an appearance at the store, Nest Inspired Home.
If you are like me and love vibrant watercolors, you need to check out Jeanne McKay Hartmann’s work. She brought a selection of her gorgeous original framed watercolors with her to display. I think almost every piece was sold that day. Not surprising, considering one was more beautiful than the next! Jeanne was an absolute delight to meet and her sparkling personality matched her cheerful paintings!
Here is Jeanne customizing some adorable watercolors of tote bags bursting with flowers.
I had to have one done for my monogram-loving niece who just graduated from law school. How perfect for summer are these? I couldn’t resist purchasing one for myself as well!
Nest Inspired Home was the perfect place to display Jeanne’s paintings. The store was filled with gorgeous furnishings, gifts and unique decor items. I would love to be able to shop there more often – if they weren’t 2 hours away! Oh well. It’s always nice to visit new places and it was a beautiful day for a road trip. I was thrilled to be able to meet Jeanne Mckay Hartmann and purchase some of her original artwork. Be sure to also check out her Instagram for more inspiration!
Not only was I fortunate enough to meet Jeanne McKay Hartmann at this event, but I also had the pleasure of meeting another talented artist, Patricia Van Essche who blogs at PVE Design.com. I recently discovered her blog through Karolyn and found myself paging through her entire portfolio. Her attention to detail is amazing and I enjoyed scrolling through her colorful images of people, places and of course, pets…some of the most exquisite animal illustrations I have seen! She also has an Etsy Shop so I definitely see some more shopping in my future…
Here is an example of a beautiful notebook she painted which is available on her Etsy Store. Patricia was so kind to bring this thoughtful gift to the bloggers who attended!
And while we are the subject of talented artists, if you don’t already follow my friend, Karolyn from The Relished Roost, then you need to stop by her blog. Karolyn is an amazing artist and interior designer. She just recently finished a room for the One Room Challenge which included a stunning mural. You might also recognize Karolyn for her famous chinoiserie pumpkins!
A day surrounded by beautiful artwork and lovely people…what a wonderful and inspiring way to end the week!
What inspires you lately?
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In the New House Designs – Inspiration Thursday
Domestic Charm – Creative Circle Link Party
Rattlebridge Farm – Foodie Friday and Everything Else
The Chronicles of Home – The Inspiration Gallery
A Stroll Thru Life – Inspire Me Tuesday
The Dedicated House – Make It Pretty Monday
Elizabeth and Co – Be Inspired