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Wednesday
Apr292015

life well planned

While flipping through channels the other day, I happened to pass MSNBC on a commercial break and caught a this wonderful Raymond James ad. Who thought that a commercial for a financial services company could be so stylish and good-natured? I want to be best friends with Emily Skinner, fastidious librarian and oldest woman to ever live. Raymond James also has another commercial I love called "The Five Harriets." Don't they make you happy? :)

Monday
Apr272015

Macau trực tuyến BaccaratSister Parish in Vogue

Sister Parish, doyenne of decorating, was interviewed for an article on current home trends in the June 1974 issue of Vogue. Swathed in leopard and floral fabric and outfitted in pearls, what she tells Vogue could be very well be published today. In ’74, she felt a resurgence of 18th century French and English furniture, and a return to both florals and unique, hand-made, high-quality items. She’ll mix them with modern elements, but traditional pieces will remain the bones of her rooms. It’s so fun to uncover these small pieces of history from titans of design. Though over forty years old, I think her advice and style will always remain relevant. Then again, I’ll always agree with her school of design.           

(Photo by Horst P. Horst)

Monday
Apr272015

the unswept floor

I could not believe my eyes when my professor showed my art history class this Roman mosaic circa the 2nd century B.C.E. Located in Pompeii, the decorative piece remains only because it was preserved by the same volcanic ash that destroyed the city.

The mosaic was inspired by the aftermath of a wild upper class dinner party, where it was de riguer to throw remnants of food onto the floor. I’ve always been fascinated by trompe l'oeil – one of my all-time favorite pieces of furniture is Jacqueline Kennedy’s wardrobe in her White House dressing room (see here, too). Apparently, the Romans loved trompe l’oeil as well. It’s strange to think that those of ancient civilizations were just like us.

When I buy my dream home, I’m going to commission an artist to paint this on my kitchen floor. I’ll keep you posted.