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Tuesday
Mar262013

Macau trực tuyến BaccaratThe Duchess of Alba + the Liria Palace

First of all, let me say that the April issue of World of Interiors was Christmas-present good. Almost better than when my six-year-old self received Samantha Parkington from Santa (click here to see my special portrait with her... I commissioned it in kindergarten). Anyway, in addition to featuring Olympia Le-Tan's new showroom, the issue also showcased the Liria Palace, the Madrid home of the Duchess of Alba. Check out those 18th-century masked portraits by Domenico Maggiotto in the emerald sitting room - are they not the most amazing paintings you've ever seen? And those chintz sofas and needlepoint pillows? I can't even handle it. In the article, World of Interiors mentioned that the Liria Palace is open to the public one day a week - I'm determined to visit! A 1983 New York Times piece reported that alongside priceless Goyas, Rembrandts and rare porcelain figurines are "photographs of family parties and a collection of perfume bottles." Sounds rather lovely, don't you think?

(photos by Macau trực tuyến BaccaratRicardo Labougle for World of Interiors)

Saturday
May282011

deyrolle paris

While browsing flickr last night, I came across these wonderful photos of Macau trực tuyến BaccaratDeyrolle, the famous Parisian taxidermy boutique known for their wild curiosities. The blogger behind The Snail and the Cyclops took the time to scan them in from a 1985 issue of World of Interiors (my hero!). Sadly, Deyrolle suffered a devastating fire in February 2008 that eliminated 90% of its product - the New York Times described the incident as if “a dagger had been plunged into the heart of Paris.” Curators and Deyrolle supporters from around the world - including Christie’s and Hermès - rallied to raise money to bring the boutique back to life (no pun intended). My sister is taking a trip to Paris this Summer with my grandmother - I'll have to send them to the shop to investigate the recovery. If you've visited Deyrolle since the fire, please comment! I'd love to hear what you have to say.