I MARRIED ADVENTURE


I have been pining for a copy of Osa Johnson’s 1940 autobiography I Married Adventure for sometime now.  In it, Johnson -a native of Kansas- details her colorful and exotic travels to Africa and beyond with her husband, Martin, conveying their unique bond and deep love story along the way.

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…So I am told.  I must admit that this is one book that I have judged by its cover.  You may recognize I Married Adventure’s super chic zebra cloth exterior from many a magazine glossy or design blog.  Here it is looking fab in a colorful, boho tableau:

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Here, as the perfect backdrop for lucite and a curious gold sea urchin:

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And, here, arranged casually with a host of interesting textures, finishes and talismans.

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Prop stylists, tastemakers and designers alike favor this well worn spine on bookshelves, and consistently display its timeless, graphic cover on coffee tables far and wide.  Miles Redd proudly proffers his copy in his Valentine pink living room…

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and designer Ashley Whittaker is so fond of the book that she not only has a copy in her own home… Ashley_4

but she also leaves it behind as a sort of “calling card” in clients’ homes — a final detail elevating her gorgeous handiwork.

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I should pause – at this point – to note that the zebra cloth version of this book is no longer in production and it can take some doing to nab one of the coveted, early additions.  E-Bay and vintage book dealers are your best bet and I have been misled by more than one e-Bay seller — leaving me with two books sans zebra cover.  Waahh!  You can now understand why I jumped for joy when a supremely thoughtful friend surprised me with my very own zebra splashed copy as a Christmas gift!  Hooray!

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Even better than the the book itself was her equally thoughtful note, wishing me an “adventure filled” 2014.

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In turn, I’d like to pass along this fun and apt sentiment to you in these early days of the new year.  I love the first few weeks of January when the calendar is just beginning to unfold and our hands are gradually getting used to writing the new year on letters and checks.  The air is full of promise and possibility.  In these sleepy days before the year begins to clearly take shape we still have license to openly ponder how we’ll fill its days.  The new friends that we’ll meet, the doors that we’ll open…

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The places we’ll visit…

innatpalmetto The parties we’ll host…

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The tables we’ll set…

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The rooms we’ll design…

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The restaurants we’ll try…

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The flowers we’ll arrange…

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The concerts we’ll see (for real — I’m in!)

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The projects we’ll tackle…

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The gifts we’ll give…

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The notes we’ll write…

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The lessons we’ll learn, the pictures we’ll take, the memories we’ll make.  However it is that YOU decide to fill your 2014 — I hope that it’s filled with the very best kind of adventure.

xo,

Cath

Sources: “I Married Adventure,” The Bene Blog, Pinterest, Carolyne Roehm, Markham Roberts, Miles Redd, Ashley Whittaker, Inn at Palmetto Bluff, The Restaurant at Meadowood, Katy Perry, Smythson of Bond Street.



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