#Jingletweet Preparations Underway

#Jingletweet Preparations Underway

With #Jingletweet just around the corner on Thursday night, I’m afraid my elfly duties have taken over. My original post planned for the day will appear in a day or two. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what Ridgely and I have been up to!!

So exciting!!…

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An Evening with the Keno Brothers

An Evening with the Keno Brothers

Come visit me over at New England Home Magazine today where I’m chatting about the fun and enlightening evening I spent with Leigh and Leslie Keno at the Lillian August flagship store. The entertaining twins presented the latest additions to their new furniture collection with Theodore Alexander.

And after you check out the blog, you might want to visit the magazine’s site where you can meet New England’s leading kitchen designers,

Visit a stately classic on the Maine coast that now has a revitalized new interior

Or discover the editor’s favorite patinated finds!

See you there!!

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Holiday House Party – Some Enchanted Evening

Holiday House Party – Some Enchanted Evening

A group of us were invited by the lovely Marsha at Splenderosa to an imaginary holiday party. It is a dressy, formal affair at another blogger’s brand new house with “live music, carolers, a lavish buffet, champagne passed around by waiters in tuxedos” etc. Our directive was to choose a full ensemble for the occasion. As I perused my many virtual choices, the idea of a house party inspired me to choose an elegant gown with a timeless appeal – we are in someone’s home after all. I wanted to feel feminine and dressed with an understated attitude of subtle sexy allure.…

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Arcimboldo Redux – Klaus Enrique Gerdes Photography

Arcimboldo Redux – Klaus Enrique Gerdes Photography

Four years ago when photographer Klaus Enrique Gerdes was working on a series depicting different parts of human anatomy, he was shooting an eye surrounded by thousands of dried leaves. As he observed the scene, he noticed one of the leaves looked like it could be a nose belonging to the eye. It sparked an idea of creating a face of dried leaves and, as he does with any new project, Gerdes began to research similar work done by other artists. He soon discovered Giuseppe Arcimboldo, the 16th century Italian painter best known for creating portraits of heads made entirely of fruits, vegetables, flowers etc.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

I am thrilled to start off my holiday movie reviews with this classic Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy romp. It is one of those movies I just never tire of!! In fact, it may very well be my favorite of the nine movies they made together! The intelligent witty banter, the subtle romance and the sophisticated humor are elements that are often so hard to find in contemporary films.

Let me set the stage for you. Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) is the head of the research department at a fictional TV network FBC  (that just happens to be located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza much like another similarly anagrammed company).…

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Holiday Book Briefs

Holiday Book Briefs

As I mentioned in my Katie Ridder Homes review, I was honored that my local book emporium, Barrett Bookstore has again asked me to write the Home Design book reviews for their holiday newsletter. Two of the books included, I have already reviewed separately here (Katie Ridder Homes and The Way Home by Jeffrey Bilhuber) but I thought I might post the other three today as a brief introduction to those who haven’t yet seem them. As always, there are so many wonderful volumes this season!

It was during his 16 years as a member of the prestigious Parish-Hadley firm that Kleinberg developed his mantra of “beauty meets quality of life”.…

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Parmigiani – Masters of Time

Parmigiani – Masters of Time

As the restorer of the intricate mechanical masterpieces in the Sandoz collection, Michel Parmigiani demonstrates his passion and talent for watchmaking. And it is this same expertise that he brings to the creation of new pieces for his luxury brand. “We’re not a restorer on the one hand and a watch manufacturer on the other. To us, it is one and the same trade.”

photos by R. Sterchi

photo courtesy of watchtime.com

Mechanical Wonders includes three exclusive pieces designed by Parmigiani Fleurier, inspired by pieces in the Sandoz collection. It is the perfect melding of past, present and future  “where the never-ending dialogue continues between the excellence of the past and the search for its expressions in the watchmaking of the future.” The double time zone pocket watch from 1870, above, was the inspiration for the Tonda Hemispheres with dual time zone below.

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Mechanical Wonders – the Collection

Mechanical Wonders – the Collection

There are really no words to express the exquisite beauty and incredibly intricate craftsmanship of the Sandoz collection on exhibit at the A La Vieille Russie gallery in NYC. Once seen, it is easy to understand how Maurice Sandoz became intrigued with these treasures. The merging of the science of watchmaking with the art of jewelry design lend these objects a fascinating niche in the history of art and collectibles.

Photograph R. Sterchi

Although rudimentary examples existed as early as the third century BC, automatons didn’t come into their own until the second half of the 16th century with the invention of the mainspring in Germany.…

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Mechanical Wonders – the History

Mechanical Wonders – the History

Several weeks ago I attended a marvelous event that represented the epitome of creative collaboration. Beginning with a shared passion of two collectors, a connection was made spanning decades and generations. Add to the mix a rare master craftsman and an extraordinary exhibit of breathtaking beauty and mind-boggling technical skill became possible.

photograph by Trude Fleischmann

It all started in 1941 when Maurice Sandoz, the heir to the Sandoz pharmaceutical fortune, visited New York and forged a lifelong friendship with Alexander Schaffer, the owner of A La Vieille Russie (the NYC gallery). A writer, composer, philanthropist and collector of precious objects, Sandoz was particularly fascinated by the complicated mechanisms of watches, clocks and automatons (mechanical works of art with moving parts, figures and/or animals).…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

I was going to feature a different movie today that was more directly related to Thanksgiving but as we cleaned up after our turkey dinner, it was clear that this had to be the one. My daughter put her play list into the stereo system and as I stood at the sink, all the kids cleared the table, grooving to the beat as they brought the dishes through. It immediately reminded me of that famous kitchen scene in The Big Chill.

I would imagine that most readers have seen this classic but if not, it should go to the top of your Netflix list!…

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