Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dreaming of Provence

Were roasting here in DC with the humidity and full intensity of the sun, which makes me long for a drier heat that doesn't feel like you've stuck your head in an oven! I was going through my photo library and rediscovered the photos that I took during our trip to Provence a couple of years ago. I could feel the warmth of the bright skies, smell the assortment of lovely scents and taste the rustic simplicity and intense flavor of the food. The colors in Provence are like no other. Colors seems to be brighter and I also love the color combinations seen on the exteriors of the buildings. As you can see, I am a bit obsessed with doorways!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tropical Style

With the imminent humidity quickly approaching here in DC, I started thinking how much I would prefer suffering through the heat while walking along aqua tinted beaches or sipping fancy cocktails in a swanky Caribbean bar while watching a glorious sunset. I was also inspired by these fabulous new abaca rugs from Mary McDonald for Patterson, Flynn and Martin, which come in a variety of ultra chic patterns and colors. Of course one cannot think of tropical style without thinking of Tom Sheerer's and Miles Redd's super stylish and vibrant interiors in Lyford Cay and Palm Beach as well as Oscar de la Renta and Bunny Williams, whose spectacular homes in Punta Cana define classic and elegant tropical style. All of these abaca rugs would feel right at home in any of my favorite beach inspired rooms. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014


There has always something about busts that I love. Perhaps it is because they naturally appeal to the classicist in me, or maybe its the grandeur, panache and personality they instantly give to a room.  Whether, in stone, bronze or ceramic I find them all timeless, chic and forever stylish and I can't get enough of them!

A pair of magnificent metal busts with a verdigris patina watch over Randolph Martz and Gene Waddell's Living Room in Charleston. 

Photograph by Simon Upton

Plaster busts of Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, the Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington grace the walls of Thomas Jefferson's Tea Room at Monticello.

Photograph by Paul Rocheleau

In a favorite Parish Hadley designed residence in San Francisco (above and below), French and Italian marble busts keeps the owners and guests company in the library and living room. 

Photography by Fritz Von Der Schulenburg

Craig Wright designed a neoclassical masterpiece at the Villa Hesperides in Montecito. The entrance gallery features a breathtaking collection of antiquities, including the Roman bust.

Photograph by John Vaughan

In Stephen M. Salny's comprehensive and inspiring book on Michael Taylor, a chapter is devoted to images from Taylor's own Sea Cliff home in San Francisco, which included a large collection of impressive and imposing busts. 

Photography by Russell MacMasters

Albert Hadley's timeless yet modern New York living room was constantly being rearranged and edited to showcase his curated mix of objects and furniture. In this perfect composition a graceful stone or basalt bust peers upward. 

Photograph by Anthony Fretwell

Miles Redd (above and below) has the great talent of taking the seriousness out of Neoclassicism, while making it playful yet incredibly chic and sophisticated at the same time. 

From "The Big Book of Chic" by Miles Redd

David Whitcomb's house in the Catskills is a study in the juxtaposition of contrasting materials. In his large entry hall, a steel console with Greco-Roman style busts are set off against the concrete block walls.  

Jacques Grange grouped a quartet of stone busts in a Paris residence. 

Photograph by François Halard

The Museo Capitolino in Rome takes the prize for the most fabulous collection of busts. Treasures of ancient art have been on display here since the late fifteenth century. The Sala deli Imperatori, takes its name from the 66 busts of Roman emperors, lining the walls, in chronological order. 

Photograph by Francesco Venturi