architecture

A look at design and styles of architecture throughout the years

A Terrific New Tome | Ferguson Shamamian

Ferguson ShamamianAs soon as I saw this book was being published, I knew I had to have it. New Traditional Architecture: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects is a beautiful oversized monograph of one of the most distinguished architectural firms practicing classical design today.…
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Idyll in the Sun

As I am in Florida, I thought it would be nice to take a break from our regularly scheduled programming (both Wednesday Wines – which I hope to post Thursday – and my coverage of the AD Home Show, which will continue next week).…
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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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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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Magic in Marbella

As many of you know, Friday is normally At the Movies  but because I delayed my post intended for yesterday to include the wonderful Valentine’s selections from Assouline, I will be presenting that today. If I can, I will post an At the Movies entry over the weekend, especially since Oscars are fast approaching.…
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Boxwood Beauty

Gil Schafer BoxwoodI was thrilled to see the new March Veranda. There are several lovely features but I was particularly excited to see the inclusion of the restoration of “Boxwood”, the 1914 Nashville house originally designed by architect Charles Platt. As any of you long time readers know, I am a devotee of everything architect Gil Schafer touches.…
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Provencal Perfection

When I read about the renovation of this beautiful house in the Luberon Valley in France, it captivated my imagination with the fantasy of owning a little piece of Provence. Like Peter Mayle or our own blogosphere friend and author Vicki Archer, this owner’s tale is full of enchanting stories and slow progress.…
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Viva Vivat

There are many agencies and organizations that rent houses, apartments or villas for vacation throughout the world, but none that I am aware of quite like the Vivat Trust. Established in 1981, it is small and not terribly well known, but it should be.…
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It’s All in the Details

I love details. As you long time readers know, I completed a large renovation on my last house, which we have since sold. During the planning stages, I probably drove our architect a little crazy with my obsessive interest in details while we were still looking at the bigger picture.…
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My Alpine Fantasy

Clearly I haven’t gotten over my alpine obsession. While many of you crave winter warmth, I’m still fantasizing about a chic chalet. I think I’d better start planning now for next winter since soon I’ll need to be getting my head situated for spring.…
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