The Other Woman… Goya’s La maja

Do you know the Goya paintings,  La maja vestida and La maja desnuda? I did not until my hubby was in Madrid a few years ago and he sent this photo to me.

 

We had some fun bantering back and forth about ‘the other woman’ in his hotel room, but then we learned a bit more when he went to the Museo del Prado (Prado museum).

And this is what he saw.

Clemens Rettich Photo

The original oil on canvas of La maja vestida by Francisco Goya (1746-1828). So that was pretty cool.

And then he saw this… (Gasp!)

Clemens Rettich Photo

The other original oil on canvas by Goya, only this one was La maja desnuda! When I said ‘the other woman’, I was referring to vestida… and then she turns up desnuda!  Scandalous!

And hubby brought the other woman home. Both ‘other’ women!

Well, in his suitcase… vestida and desnuda. Smaller reproductions of the originals to be framed.

Now we have La maja vestida and La maja desnuda in our home, reminding us of this little story and making us smile every time.

And that’s what it’s all about. Your home should be a reflection of your stories… the things that make you smile, that make your space unique to you.

Do you have some fun stories behind the pieces in your home too?

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Happy Thanksgiving

We’ve had a really nice Thanksgiving weekend so far. How about you?

Today is our turkey day, and this is what I wanted to create for a centrepiece…

Source: House & Home

And I actually did buy three butternut squash to hollow out… But when I went to buy the flowers I fell in love with the ornamental cabbage instead!

And this is what I ended up with in lieu of the vases above…

The ornamental cabbage is off-set in the basket near the back, and the butternut squash has been integrated too!

I also added in a vase my Aunt gave to me last weekend. It’s a Royal Haegar vase that she’s had in her collection since the 70’s…

A new keepsake, and one that I will treasure for sure.

Maybe I’ll do the gourd vases next year 😉

Happy Thanksgiving…  and to my Southern friends, Happy Columbus Day! I hope you are spending your day doing the things you love with the people you love 🙂

XO Sheila

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