Gatherings

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Family gatherings.

 

Gathering | The Lisa Porter Collection

 

Friends gathering.

 

Gathering | The Lisa Porter Collection

 

Gathering my thoughts.

 

Gathering | The Lisa Porter Collection

 

Gathering my day & sharing it with you.

One Woman's Style

"Making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone." Terence Conran

Layers of objects at home with each other certainly give a voice to my mother's great style.

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Every morning she wakes, puts the coffee on, and begins to prime the well. What will she do, who will she see, and where will she go on this day…

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Some would define her style as "interesting” ~ A term often used when they can’t “find the words.”

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Her friends and colleagues call it “Eclectic.”

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My mother will tell you ~ it's attention to individual needs, independent thinking, ingenious smarts along with spontaneity and a healthy dose of humor!

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Since eclectic style is full of the unexpected, creating a balance is important when mixing traditional antiques and one-of-a-kind conversation pieces.

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When she and her husband married, they put preconceptions away and re-wrote the rule book.

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Beautifully combining years of collecting East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet.    

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Living in the desert they’ve provided plenty of calm cool places for the eye and themselves to land with soft linens, sleek floors and oriental rugs.

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They believe that we should all live surrounded by the people & personal things we adore.

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I agree!

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Thanks Mom & Peter for inviting us over ~

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The Other Side of Keeneland

Before the Fall racing season came to a close, I found myself greeting the morning at Keeneland.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

On the last day of the meet, I decided to join my husband on the backside.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

I followed him through barn after barn~

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

 It's within this idyllic setting that he helps horses to breathe easier.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

Trying to stay out of the way, I focused my camera on other things.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

Even though the backside is a hub of activity ~

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

I love how it's also the quiet side.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

The hands-on dedication of grooms, owners, and trainers is admirable.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

 The saddling paddock. 

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

The jockeys awaiting last-minute instructions and owners having one last look at their horses ~

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

It's all about tradition, fine horsemanship, and the finish line.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

The world’s best Thoroughbred horses, owners, trainers and jockeys come to compete in April and October ~ However, Keeneland also plays host to many year round events including the November horse sales, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance and the Bluegrass Trust Antique and Garden Show just to name a few.  

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

 Just around the bend at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Keeneland Cross Gate Gallery will present the

Sporting Art Auction of Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings and Sculpture.

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This inaugural auction represents an inspired collaboration between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting.

Sporting Art Auction

Among the auction’s most important pieces are several by Munnings, including Blue Prince II, a 26 1⁄2” x 39 1⁄4” painting commissioned by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Walter Jeffords. Munnings, who died in 1959, is regarded as one of the world’s finest equine painters.

BLUE PRINCE II WITH HARRY CARR UP ON NEWMARKET HEATH by Sir Alfred J. Munnings

Art, Antiques, Cars, Gardens ~ and Horses ~ don't forget the horses…oops!

Hmmm. I have no segue here so I'll just ask ~ Are you prepared for winter? I'm not.

Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter

The Keeneland Gift Shop, which also happens to be the best holiday shop in town, will be hosting a Barbour Trunk Show and Reproofing event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 4th & 5th.

Barbour Reproofing Events

Welcome to November my friends.

The fun has just begun!

Photo Courtesy Keeneland Association