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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Dose of Dagmi


















...here she is...
the diva of decor, the connoisseur of kitsch,
the maven of mood and setting...




My friend Jane has a capacity to synthesize texture and color that would be downright unfair if it remained unshared. She catapults her vision of style across the pages of "Country Living" as their Editor-at-Large. At her post, she exuberantly scours the urban and pastoral to "see" the why and how, the who, and the wonder, of what people like, what they live to enjoy, hunger to collect, and transmit in their homes and design sensibilities... She puts forth her findings with total aplomb in stories so "Jane",
they have her hand prints on the pages.





I have seen Jane work....she wanders and ponders...
"Does the Bakelite-bangled babe also horde colorful 40s Fiesta Ware in her cabinets?"..."Does the faded prom dress hanging in a closet confess the owner's love for vintage textiles and old songs...?", and" ...are the shells on the sill those gathered on a lonely beach last season?".





Jane distills her musings into thoughtful stories and pictorial essays on captivating subjects and locales. In her work, an appreciation for what is simply "there", is omnipresent.




I see her loathe to fluff the pillow, brush the seat print from the bed covers, or adjust the slightly askew frame on the wall. She sees a beauty in the vernacular, the handmade, the folly and the worn. She celebrates what is around her, and in so doing, inspires her readers to the same. Like the smile I must surrender to Rory's baby fingerprints on my kitchen windows, Jane sings a gracious song of time and place and the well lived, and lived-in, life that makes me sway.

I must yield the floor to Jane, and warmly invite you to visit her blog...


...here is a link...



...it's filled with musings, mutterings and the things that inspire her days.





And, yet again, I am reminded in my gratitude that friendship is like a paper chain. One link, one friend, brings me forward to the next. So many thanks to Stacey Bear, without your friendship Stacey, I would never have met Jane. So it continues, the chain, the circle of friends...
the women that inspire me.


xxoo Jen

13 comments:

paige said...

its so fun to see the linkes, the personal lives of some of the most talented women out there.
what a super fun job you have!!
xo

gilfling said...

Oh Jenn I am so glad the gallery opening went so wonderfully - the photos look great and your clearly all had an amazing time!

Thanks for sharing another wonderful blog with us - another one for me to read - they are so inspirational.

Gillian

theresa said...

Very well said Jen :)

jennifer lanne said...

Hats off to women who make things happen!
What a wonderful ode to Jane...

Laurie Meseroll said...

Jen! You didn't mention Jane's adorable little cupcake-girls! They're beauoootiful like their mum! (And so patient when strange ladies come to visit...)

Dara said...

I just love Jane's eclectic,fun style and share her feelings that "worn" is beautiful too!!!

Dara

sharon said...

you are so right on about Jane. what a wonderful, talented and inspirational woman she is.
sharon

Ted Kennedy Watson said...

Sooooo amazingly well put, about my lovely, talented, friend Jane!!! She just gets IT.
Thank you for sharing your spot on observations about uber cool Mssss. Dagmi...
OX,
TKW

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

Jane seems like such a nice talented person!!(as are you!!) :-)

Anonymous said...

Jen, ever since out first phone conversation, I've been wow-ed by the way you weave your words together. Description and metaphor come easy to you and I feel very privileged to have been the described. I am inspired by the ways in which you celebrate the greatness, big and small, in life -- in your friendships, in your family, in business – spreading and sharing it as you go. Thanks to Stacey for hooking us all up, and thanks to all the kind comments so far. There are so many inspiring blogs out there, one could spend 24 hours navigating thru them (and that is a giant luxury), so to take the time to read and then to comment, is very appreciated.
Xo jane

nickbhas3 said...

what a lovely description Jen, and yes Jane has the eyes and heart of an artist, evident thru her work!
Nicole

oldflowers4me said...

OH- I LOVE IT HERE- EVERYONES ALLWAYS SO HAPPY- SINING AND PLAYING HOUSE. LA.LA.LA LOVE JO ANDERSON.

Blackbird Design said...

Hi Jen!
Just enjoying your blog. You are so inspiring. I love what you wrote about Jane...I want to be a little blackbird on her shoulder for a day! Tell her she's got a fan in Florida! After I read the post I realized she did the piece last month about Southwest Harbor...which induced a very satisfying daydream session about moving back to Maine!! Well, I am in awe of yet another gal on the move!
Talk Soon...
Deirdre
Back to painting! (Even though it's late!)

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