Spring in the city is the best. All the trees and flowers are blooming. There is renewed energy that is contagious with the city dwellers and the tourists. Everyone is always looking for places to experience. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been on my list. The recent April showers presented the perfect time to enjoy the Gardner Museum. I had one goal, the Courtyard.
To me, the Courtyard is a year round city oasis. The space is peaceful. The sound of trickling water and soft floral scents combine to create a tranquil and beautiful environment. To just sit is enough. The Courtyard is a gem that is accessible for all to enjoy.
I found myself pausing at patterns, textiles, bold colors, and wall coverings. The interior design world and the fashion world are extensions of each other. I immediately start thinking of Dries Van Noten, the Belgian genius who is delivering wearable art through his exquisite taste in fabrics and patterns. Walking through the Gardner had me thinking about the current trending floral and bold prints.
The Gardner is stunning. One must look up or you will miss beauty.
I really enjoyed Bharti Kher’s Sketchbooks and Diaries. Kher spent a month as an Artist -in-Residence at the Gardner Museum. Her contemporary point view is delivered through her use of sketches and drawings. Kher has a playful perspective while incorporating her focus on motherhood and gender.
My favorite piece, John Singer Sargent, El Jaleo. The setting that Isabella curated especially for this piece of art makes it come alive.
The Gardner was founded by Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1903. Her love of travel inspired her to collect art and untimely share that love with Boston. Her passion, commitment, vision, and spirit is still very much present. The Gardner has an amazing and impressive art collection. It is also offers music, dance, and special performances. So spend as little or as much time as you wish. I highly recommend making a lunch reservation ahead of time at Cafe G.
Spring is in full bloom at the new Converse retail store connected to the new Converse global headquarters at 1 Lovejoy Wharf in Boston. The minimal, clean, and hip space is stunning with sunlight streaming through the large glass windows. Very cool! It is well laid out showcasing kicks in pastel colors, track suits, and basics of t-shirts , sweatpants and joggers. You can head to the Blank Canvas to customize your sneakers or t-shirts. Converse welcomes you to engage with the products and get creative. One of my favorite reasons to head to Converse is to play at the Blank Canvas. I have designed my son’s past two birthday gifts at the old Newbury Street location with a unique customized t-shirt. Unfortunately the printer is currently under repair. But I did get to explore the new space and products. There is also a nod to the Boston Celtics with NBA x Converse Franchise Collection with Chuck 70 high tops paying tribute to local heroes. The TD Garden is a stone’s throw away. So be sure to pick yourself up a pair of screen printed leprechauns and clovers for some good Boston luck . After visiting the store, take a stroll along the waterside and enjoy a panoramic view of the Zakim Bridge. Converse could not have asked for a more stunning urban environment.
I love the new home of Converse. Sorry to say farewell to Newbury Street. The one downside to the new location is that there is no parking so I highly suggest public transportation. At the moment the Converse store is more of a destination with not a lot around it. But hang tight knowing Boston is exploding with new neighborhoods everyday. Plan your outing on a spring or summer day so you can stroll along the waterfront and take full advantage of the waterfront setting. Maybe head to the North End for lunch. There is cafe at Lovejoy Wharf so be sure to grab a coffee or whatever you fancy to get you to your next stop.
Something to keep in mind when one is looking for an indoor activity this winter in Boston. Being a tourist in your own city is exciting and fresh when a friend is visiting. Exploring the Museum of Fine Arts with your pal definitely becomes more appealing. Especially with the Takashi Murakami exhibit that is currently showing now through April 1st. A huge hit for all ages and playfulness is encouraged!
The MFA offers wonderful programs for children. Their website is loaded with fun and creative ways to take advantage of your visit. I highly suggest taking a peek at it. The Family Art Cart is certainly worth checking out and is free with admission!
Funny how special people, places, and curiosity can subconsciously draw your eye to something. I enjoy strolling the city. Sometimes I pop into places to take a peek with no mission. Mostly I gravitate to small, owner operated shops but large, grand department stores also have their special place and purpose. Since starting this blog, I have been looking back at photos that I have taken on my iPhone. I have rounded up a fun collection of gift ideas for young hearts. I have four darling little nieces, two handsome little nephews, one adorable son, and lots of sweet girls and boys in my life. So that explains it! xo
Shops to think about popping into when you are in Boston: ICA Boston, MFA, Portobello Road, Covet + Lou, Tiffany & Co., MIT Museum and Willey Boston. All of them have a wonderful selection of children’s gifts.