On the off-chance that you are looking for something to do this weekend, perhaps you should considered organizing your home. That, at least, was what I felt like doing after first seeing that collage of photos, seen above. Published in House & Garden Guide to Interior Decoration, the photos show the extraordinary organizational skills of Mrs. John Barry Ryan III of New York City.
The gist of the article was that Mrs. Ryan was a real-pro at arranging tablescapes, collections, seating, and flowers. And yes, after looking at the photos, I would agree that she was. But she was also the most organized person I have ever seen, with the exception of my mother. Mrs. Ryan's silver boxes were perfectly lined up on her desktop, while her drawer full of beaded necklaces was a study in precision and order. And what has to be the world's most extensive collection of gloves was filed away in a drawer and arranged by color, all kept fresh thanks to a Porthault butterfly sachet.
This, people, is what I aspire to. No matter how hard I try, though, my cache of beaded necklaces will never look anything more than a jumbled cluster.