My Curiosity for Natural Curiosities…
Chris is the owner of Moss. I've known about Moss for several years and had only experienced it once in that time. Then this past holiday season (Christmas that is), I happened to be in Forest Park, and so I stepped in for what I thought was going to be a quick peek. At first glance the space looked quite spare so I thought I'd be on my way in a short time, but then in a moment I found myself there for an hour! Moss is now part of my routine whenever out that way, and each time not only do I manage to end up there for an extended visit, I often come away with some unanticipated treasure, as well as some flora or fauna I have not seen previously.
I was thrilled on one of the visits when Chris and I began talking about her desk, and intrigued to see it…as it is out of view, and rightfully so!
It is where she sketches and draws from her collection of inspirations, and where she occasionally opens her laptop to peruse the internet for design purposes & additional inspiration. It is her “think tank” space, and where she enjoys her lunch. It also serves as a secondary surface for over-spill of floral stuff.
This desk was the first piece of Chinese furniture she bought when the shop first opened. She admits it's more formal & ornate than her usual rustic leanings. And although there have been plenty of offers, she knows whole heartily that she cannot part with it.
The other notable surface in Chris's shop is her work-table. This to me is the centerpiece of the shop, and is the first place I go to when I walk in. There will be any number of visual delights from several ginormous leaves umbrella-ing over the table, remnants of some arrangement in process, or exotic dried leaves or pods cast into a long wooden African bowl at the edge of the table.
A visit to Moss graciously feeds my never-ending curiosity for natural curiosities. Getting to see her desk…simply a plus!
Moss is located @ 7405 Madison, Forest Park, IL