When Mark and I met, my apartment was clearly the home of an Anglophile: English antiques, chintz, paisley shawls, 19th century British watercolors and lots of blue and white china. You get the picture.
His was all artist angst: black and white woodcut portraits in the German Expressionist style. Over the years we've each come to appreciate the other's taste and developed a style that merges our many interests.
His sisters, however, always felt like he was inhibiting the girly, fancy china, tea party side of my personality. To prove them wrong I pulled out all the stops for a recent tea party we hosted for the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison*. Not all the dishes are on the table yet but this gives you a sense of the looks of things. (And no, I did not make all these gorgeous treats).
*HLATC was recently re-named the Center for Integrated Design and combines the textile collection as well as the former Design Gallery and the Ruth Ketterer Harris Library under this title.