Earlier this summer I was welcomed into the story-filled home of Anne Stone. Just beyond the quaint sidewalks of Aspinwall her abode was both a retreat and a passage into worldly explorations
Anne is from a small town in central PA where she described her family as being the “oddballs in town. Everyone ate at 5pm and we ate at 8pm.” Her passions include art and adventure, collecting vintage clothing and preserving the art of dressing the part, helping artists realize their vision, and supporting the community through charitable work. She also has a love of genealogy that has snowballed into a family tree with thousands of kin!
To the community Anne is a muse; she is also full of glamour, immensely caring and a pioneer DIY’er. In her presence it is hard not to be swept away by her inimitable spirit and her home is a direct reflection of these qualities.
She is the poster gal for innovative design which is confirmed by the Chinese wedding skirts and kimono’s that make up her curtains. She expertly mixes a cross-culture of belongings and paves the way of enjoying your treasures, without excessive attachment. She aptly states, “you don’t have to own everything forever. There are always other fabulous things out there.” This vigor for life and enthusiasm for individuality is a clear influence from her adventures: boarding school in Scotland, life as a young family in Palm Desert, honeymooning in Thailand (before it was trendy), moving to Hong Kong, and descending from a long line of wanderlust seekers.
These qualities also leave their mark when Anne gleefully throws herself into local projects. This includes the arthouse, La Hütte Royal, in Troy Hill by Hamburg-based artist Thorsten Brinkmann. She was an integral part in helping collector Evan Mirapaul bring the piece to life from start to finish. Since, the multi-level installation has been celebrated on a national and international level, rightfully so! If you have yet to immerse yourself in this one of a kind experience, have a peek here.
More recently Anne helped local artist Diane Samuels create Luminous Manuscript, a large scale mosaic that is installed at the Center for Jewish History in New York. Imagine hand cutting thousands of penny-sized pieces of paper!
It was a pleasure to meander through Anne’s nostalgic treasures. And any lady that declares she always shows up to work in a dress, no matter how vigorous the project, has our loyalty! Thank you again Anne for opening the door to your brilliant home and sharing with Treading Art your charmed stories. ~CRS