Monthly Archives: February 2011

Singerie Chic

There is something about monkeys that people find irresistible. Have you ever noticed how often they appear in art, both fine and decorative? Did you know that there is a term for specifically for it? If you have studied art history you probably know that it is singerie, from the French word “singe” meaning monkey.…
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British Sweep

The Oscars are always fodder for fashion critics. There will be many reviews with favorites and pans. I thought several actresses looked beautiful but I must mention Cate Blanchett in particular. (I ideally wanted to mention a British actress but Australia was once part of the Empire after all).…
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At the Movies

Since all of my posts last week were devoted to Fashion Week, we missed our usual At the Movies day. Today’s pick works for both all of the creative fashion folks that made the week so much fun as well as all the decor mavens and those of us who straddle both worlds.…
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Changes on the Horizon

Photo by Max Kim-Bee I had a few technical difficulties today so my planned post will appear next week. Instead I will tell you about some little improvements that are happening around the quintessential abode. I have mentioned occasionally around the blogosphere how I’ve been planning to update my powder rooms.…
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Wednesday Wine

At this point I think it is safe to say that we are all craving spring. So try not to be too envious that Terry, our wine expert, is reporting this week from the sunny Caribbean. Go ahead Terry, make us sigh.…
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Hopelands

As I was reading many blogging friends’ pieces the past week or two, I was continually reminded of one of my favorite homes that seemed to encompass many of the themes I was encountering. Hopelands, a charming French country style home in Rhode Island has been a favorite ever since I originally saw photos of it.…
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Rembrandt Remembered

There are many museum exhibits in New York that I’m dying to see. One that just opened last week is “Rembrandt and His School,” at the very lovely Frick Collection. This is one of my favorite museums, housed in the beautiful Carrere & Hastings neoclassical building from 1914 that was once Henry Frick’s home.…
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Miniature Mania

photo of Oregon State Beavers by Greg Keene Have you ever seen a photograph like this – where it looks like the people or objects are miniature? I’ve often wondered about them and recently did a bit of research. As a little Sunday bonus post, I thought it would be fun to look at this specialty photo feature.…
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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Milly

You always know you’re going to have a good time at the Milly show. The enthusiasm and upbeat energy was palpable on Wednesday as people took their seats. And the show did not disappoint. Michelle Smith said her inspiration this time ’round was French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, whose brightly colored graphic, and sometimes controversial work for Vogue, Bazaar and companies such as Charles Jourdan was legendary.…
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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore, with her daughter Violet, looks happy for a reason.  With a renewed spirit, her fall collection reflected a lighter attitude. In fact the first part of the show was indeed ethereal and almost heavenly with the all white feminine layered looks.…
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