inspiration overload: j morgan puett & mildred’s lane…
Posted in artists, fashion, interiors September 24th, 2009 by pia


Last night I had a rare chance to visit my (blog)neighbours via my blogroll, and see what everyone is up to. It’s a rather favourite wander of mine, because there is always so much inspiration to be found at each of their places, and I come back to my (blog)house filled with light and joy. Just before I was about to head to bed, I decided to visit one more place and it was that of pacha design (you may recall I featured their awesome blog in my ‘blogs in the spotlight’ a couple of weeks ago). My heart soared when I spotted their post on fashion and textile artist J Morgan Puett’s artist colony in Pennsylvania called Mildred’s Lane. I have never seen a more inspiring property in all my life, take a look…




J Morgan Puett and her ex-partner and now good friend who she calls peabody, have spent ten years creating this magical place as an artists colony. They don’t believe in disposability so everything is used, re-used, and reworked – old nightgowns become tablecloths, bits of steel become coffee tables, and old linen is used as floor coverings. The staircase is made up of random steps, nothing is taken for granted and it takes a week to clean the place which is a cherished chore as it gives her a chance to rearrange her incredible collections. Old sheds have been turned into guest rooms in the most romantic and timeless of ways. There is not a space that has not been styled – J Morgan Puett even styles the inside of her fridge which is like a work of art with  gnarled wood and antique linen put to good use.





I’m completely enraptured. If I had magic red slippers I would click them right now 3 times to take me straight there. This is where I would like to be to rejuvenate my spirit in between projects.


All incredible photographs are by Simon Upton for  London Telegraph Magazine.

Be sure to visit J Morgan Puett’s website for a more inspiration.

Thank you Pacha Design for showing me the way to Mildred’s Lane.

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  1. Paris Parfait says

    What an incredible space! So many interesting, inspiring things – but I wouldn’t want to have to dust it all. 🙂 xo

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  2. erin says

    gorgeous. i’m sleepy this morning, sipping my cup of tea. wishing i was sitting at her table. i can almost smell the place!

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  3. Tija says

    sooo inspiring! i can feel the mood of this place ..once i would love stay for a while in a house like this!

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  4. Piia Harris says

    Absolutely amazing place,I’m mesmerized!!

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  5. Maia says

    Wow…WOW! How did I not know about this place? Must make a trip to Pennsylvania!

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  6. Gigi says

    I am more inspired by this than I can even say. Thank you so much.
    xoxo Gigi

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  7. Ann Marie says

    possibly the best post yet. i’m smitten.

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  8. Molly says

    Thanks Pia! I thought this looked familiar and remembered the NYTimes article last year:

    It’s only 2.5 hours from New York btw! (Ironically, I live in Philadelphia, PA but it would take longer to get there than it would from NYC).

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  9. Bess says

    These photos are so beautiful! I’m going to have to go visit your blog “neighbours” too now.

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  10. Andi says

    Such a breathtaking space! I would love to get some R&R as well there. You know that you’d come away with a bucketload of inspiration. I adore what the woman in the last picture is wearing. Thanks for sharing!!!

    September 25th, 2009 | #

  11. Annie says

    JMP has an amazing presence….her “look”-hair and her stlye of dress/clothes…she was made for that place.
    What a hold this place has on time, history and place.

    September 25th, 2009 | #

  12. Brittany Noel says

    oh. my. goodness. i am going to her website immediately. this looks like an amazing place to work! thank you for showing us.

    September 25th, 2009 | #

  13. nadia says

    pia, i do not think i will ever be happy again since i can not live anywhere else but in those pictures in that artist colony- every thing will fall short!! but i will take inspiration from this while longing to be there as best as i can HONESTLY THE BEST I HAVE EVER
    SEEN!!!am i over dramatic- not even close…how can we see this in person…i wonder?

    September 25th, 2009 | #

  14. Laura Gaskill says

    Oh my, I can see why you are enraptured! Seeing this kind of amazing, sustained creativity is just the sort of thing that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy about humankind – what an adventure it must be to visit there!

    September 25th, 2009 | #

  15. sammy says

    hi pia,

    we are so pleased that you enjoyed our post on J Morgan Puett & Mildred’s Lane – as we said in our post, sometimes you just find something that is so inspiring and we were fascinated when we came across her website – she seems like an amazingly interesting person. And Mildred’s Lane looks like such a cool place – we’d love to visit there one day. Her ethos feels so right to us.
    And we are glad that lots of other people have found her work inspiring too.
    Thanks again for popping over to our little blog, hopefully we will inspire you some more, every now & then.

    sammy & glenn

    September 25th, 2009 | #

  16. vintage simple says

    Stunning. And inspiring…just beautiful.

    September 25th, 2009 | #

  17. tyler says

    enraptured indeed! i posted on j morgan puett in the past and her work and space took my breath away. thank you for the reminder. her workshop seems to have a life of its own, evolving organically, rich in texture and tale. i would love to sit in the center and soak in the energy. happy weekend, pia.

    September 26th, 2009 | #

  18. kosenrufu mama says

    wonderful!!! so inspiring!!!

    September 26th, 2009 | #

  19. tempestdelfuego says

    Oh. my. goodness. I absolutely love this place! I need to find out more. Thank you for the inspiration!

    September 27th, 2009 | #

  20. Bali Beach Bunny says

    the bed by the books
    but of course

    September 27th, 2009 | #

  21. deb says

    Wonderful post – I LOVE Puett’s work too.

    September 27th, 2009 | #

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  23. joanne says

    wow…i’m in awe. that room with all those books. Woah! What an amazing photograph… I love how everything is used, reused ,and reworked. Truly magnificent.

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  25. Nicola says

    OMG – incredible

    October 3rd, 2009 | #

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  27. Paula Leen says

    J. Morgann Puett is one of my favourite inspiration.

    Her work and filosophy is a sign and a gift to our world, its gives us a new way of thinking ………..thanks for that
    Watch also the collection of Ma Ke- Useless, really so beautifull

    July 19th, 2010 | #

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