Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving China

Oh how I love pretty dishes. My mother-in-law has the prettiest dishes for Thanksgiving. I love the colors...perfect for a Thanksgiving table.

Alright, over the river and through the woods we go. Everyone who is traveling, be safe on the roads and have a happy holiday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Autumn + Interiors

I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here. I am so excited for some relaxation and quality time with friends and family. In the final days before winter is officially here, I think these interiors are a nice tribute to the colors of autumn.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Indianapolis + Chicago the Musical

If you blinked you missed it. Chicago the Musical stopped in town for only three days in the midst of their US tour. We saw it over the weekend and it was FABULOUS! Scantily clad, mischievous, criminal...just as it should be.

Carol Woods played...the keeper of the keys, the countess of the clink, the mistress of murderer's row, Matron Mama Morton. She was fantastic. When you're good to Mama, and Mama's good to you! Woods, along with Timothy T. Mitchum sang Let it Be from Across the Universe (The 2007 film that incorporates 33 compositions originally written by members of the Beatles). What a memorable performance that was...Carol Woods and a gospel choir singing the Beatles....whoa Mama. Watch it here.

The performers did Bob Fosse proud (not to mention Jillian Michaels from the looks of their washboard abs) I just loved it.
Jazz hands all around!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Restaurant: The Plums

Over the weekend we happened by a Zionsville restaurant, The Plums. It was quite literally only a door...a door that led up to a steep stairway. We were intrigued and made the venture. The restaurant was enchanting. Exposed brick and barn like beams. Beautiful paintings and charming chalkboards. Great light fixtures. They get an A for atmosphere. We have reservations so I'll let you know about the food!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Autumn + Central Park

Although, the leaves are mostly gone and winter is just around the corner, I am clinging to the colors of Autumn until Thanksgiving. This Fall, one of my most favorite days included a beautiful walk through Central Park.

Harry and Sally would have agreed. Which reminds me I need to watch this movie. Which also reminds me, why don't I own this movie?

"But, really, what's so hard about finding an apartment? What you do is look in the obituary section. You see who died, find out where they lived, and tip the doorman. What they could do to make it easier is combine the two. You know, Mr. Kline died yesterday, leaving behind a wife, two children, and a spacious three bedroom apartment with a wood burning fireplace."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ABC Home + Window Display

Not sure the photos truly capture it, but here are a few snaps of the great window displays at ABC!

Artist: N.A. Noel + The Sanctuary

Okay, so I can't say I've ever been a big Nancy Noel fan. A few too many cats and quilts for my taste. However, last weekend while in Zionsville, we visited her gallery. I have to say, I was impressed. The space is really beautiful. What was formerly an old Victorian church, Noel has transformed into a warm and inviting gallery. It's hard to criticize her talent. I found myself really enjoying much of her more recent work which has evolved with a smart use of color and a broader range of subject matter. More angels, less kittens.
The former church and current gallery of N.A. Noel, The Sanctuary.
The main gallery room. I liked the old pews in the middle of the room, a likely old church remnant.
Although she is a local artist, her paintings hang in the homes of many notable people, including Oprah Winfrey, Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert Redford and Jane Seymour.
This is a large scale painting that grabbed my attention. The skeleton is a far cry from what I would have expected. She also had some incredible portraits of Native Americans and scenes of Africa which were really beautiful.
When first starting out in the business, Nancy went by the name N.A. Noel because she wanted people to think she was a man as male artists were more respected in the art world at the time.
In the gallery there is also a charming little cafe. A fun spot for a Saturday mimosa.
A mimosa and perhaps a yummy treat.

What I think I was most impressed with was the sheer volume of work in her collections. Downstairs there is a print and framing shop where you can find print after print after print. To amass that amount of work in a lifetime is really something incredible.

In 1970, Noel opened her first art gallery in Broad Ripple Village and went looking for a publisher to make prints of her work shortly thereafter. Unable to find one, she started publishing her prints herself. Since, she has sold over a million prints and thousands of originals.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our New Office

We just moved into our new office space a few months ago. As promised, here's a few pics.
Several of the conference rooms have colored glass, this one being yellow.
We have Wii hooked up to the TVs, so there is serious competition going on when the brain needs a rest.


These treadmills are pretty swank. You can hook your laptop to the docking station and get some exercise while working. They only go a few miles an hour, but a brisk walk is better than being stationary all day!
With all the modern furniture and decor, I think these salvaged doors are a nice touch.

These chairs make my day.
These are our "hugs". I guess hug sounds better than cubicle. These are the same as our other office, but I like them.

These little rooms are nice if you need to duck in for a quick conference call.
Not a bad view.
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