Today begins the festival of color called Holi. Though the holiday began as a way to commemorate events in Hindu mythology, it’s become a way of bridging relationships between different cultures; an event that celebrates togetherness, as participants welcome spring by tossing vibrant pigments onto each other. Above you see leaders of the Wisteria team celebrating Holi during a trip to Jaipur. Happy Holi!
We launched our Pop of Color Collection back in January with pottery, pillows, and upholstered furniture. One of our favorite pops (of course, they’re all our favorites!) is the Chesterfield Bench. It’s so sophisticated with the pintucked top and turned-wood legs. Plus, you could use it in so many ways. The look we’re really into is nesting it at the foot of the bed with a matching headboard. Someone in our Merchandising department is even turning hers into a coffee table! How would you use yours?
I don’t know about you, but every time I think of this day I think of the 1993 production of “Groundhog Day,” featuring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Ahhhh, what a classic. I was doing some research and found this website (buzzfeed.com) with facts about the movie. Super neat! Below is a link for the “best scenes” from the movie. Enjoy!
Have you heard? Pantone announced THE color for 2013: Emerald. Did you get excited like I did? Did you start looking at green chips to paint your cubicle? How many swatches of linens do you have on your desk (if it’s more than a dozen then you beat me)? Well, let’s get excited together my little trend-lover. Get your emerald on!
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It’s Ryan, here to share another story of my recent travels. Earlier this fall a friend of mine and I visited Marfa, Texas, a town in West Texas with a population of about 2,000. Our main goal during this trip was to visit the Prada, Marfa sculpture (which is not in Marfa; it’s about 40 miles west, just outside Valentine, Texas). Being city-folk ourselves, this trip was quite an adventure. The cell phone reception was spotty-to-nothing, and since we booked our trip during the Marfa Music Festival all the hotels were booked; we had to resort to camping. I will spare you the details and just say that all this made the whole trip very “challenging.” That aside, the city of Marfa is very quaint, extra-tiny, filled with the nicest people you’ll ever meet. It’s very much an art community, a trend that began when Donald Judd moved there in the 1970s to escape the New York art scene. The town is a mixed demographic of young and old, post-Austinites that want a breath from city-life, who strive to keep the town filled with locally-owned, bio-friendly businesses.
One of my favorite things about Marfa is the landscape. It’s nestled between Big Bend and the Davis Mountains, so as you drive in you meander through mini valleys, a topographic element not common in sparse Texas.
I wish there was a way to capture the amazing blues of the sky. It was truly the bluest sky I’ve ever seen. I’m surprised the night sky wasn’t as starry, but the light from the campgrounds probably flooded us too much. Below is the closest representation of the sky I have. Don’t mind me. I was trying to pose on a rock but couldn’t stop falling. I’m so photogenic.
We stayed at El Cosmico, a fun little campground where you can pitch your own tent, rent a giant teepee, or stay in a vintage trailer! We had to opt for a tent the first couple nights, but they were able to accomodate us with their King Trailer our final night. It was so fantastic! Perfect timing too; a huge storm blew in that night, so we got to watch it roll in through the panoramic windows. So pretty!
Teepees! They are so neat on the inside!
It was such a fun trip. If you want to separate from everything (I mean EVERYTHING) this is a great place to go. Most of the venues shut down early and there’s probably about a weekend’s worth of things to do, but it’s a really neat glimpse into life outside the big city.
Learn more about the Prada, Marfa sculpture here.
From all of us at Wisteria, we give thanks to you. Here’s to a safe and pleasant holiday season–and a lot of food!