Thursday, January 29, 2009

Foot Suite

I shared a post about our Master bedroom decorating projectin which I mentioned our search for an upholstered storage bench for the foot of the bed. The search still continues. However, while searching for that ideal storage bench, I spent some time looking for creative ideas online. Below are some of the nice ideas I found online that I thought I'd share with you in case you too are pondering on suggestions for the foot of a bed.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Home Depot To Close Expo, Cut Thousands Of Jobs

January 26, 2009: 12:51 PM ET

CHICAGO (Dow Jones) -- In another sign of the worsening economic downturn, Home Depot Inc. said Monday that it is throwing in the sponge on its Expo design and décor business, closing stores and laying off thousands of employees.

Before the opening bell, Home Depot (HD) said that Expo has "not performed well financially and is not expected to anytime soon. Even during the recent housing boom, it was not a strong business."

The business "weakened significantly as the demand for big-ticket design and decor projects has declined in the current economic environment."

Over the next two months, the company will close 34 Expo Design Center stores, five YardBIRDS stores, two Design Center stores and a bath remodeling business known as HD Bath, with seven locations. All told, that will result in the loss of about 5,000 jobs.
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Master Bedroom Decorating Project

The Master bedroom addition for a 2 story English
Tudor Revival built in 1926 was part of a 6 month remodel project that
completed in December 2007. The project also included
a full bathroom and walk-in closet for the Master suite with
a family room directly below.

The canopy for the king poster bed was created with a box
pleated bed skirt. I embellished the skirt with several yards
of gold tassel fringe. I purchased a pair of brass wall mounted
swing arm lamps to flank each end of the head board for reading. I hope to get around to installing them soon. We are also looking for an upholstered storage bench for the foot of the bed.
It's a practical solution for storing the bedspread and decorative pillows after turning down the bed.

I also found 20 fully lined silk panels on clearance at Linen & Things in the same color palette as the canopy for a steal of a deal($20.00 per panel) to drape the four posts,the back of the headboard and all four windows in the bedroom. We purposely went with a solid fabric because we wanted to put up wallpaper in the room. We wanted the wallpaper to carry the pattern in the room so that we could appreciate the visual stimulation as we lookout from the bed or seating. Below are our current 3 choices. In fact,your comments on the choices would be greatly appreciated.

However, my partner Dan and I are debating if we should go with wallpaper, or instead, wait until we can afford to do a chair rail molding with picture moldings above and below the chair molding. Or, perhaps do wainscoting with the wallpaper on the top half.

The upholstered chairs on each side of the bed were a great find through Craigs
list. They were originally covered in a rust colored poly blend velvet. The butter yellow brocade fabric by Waverly was purchased at Hancock fabrics.

The chairs were initially in our library/office area. We've since purchased new(used)chairs for that area and thought these would work nicely in the
bedroom(at least for now)

A view of the west wall of the bedroom with the television and corner table seating.

Another view of the west and the corner north wall.

A view of the south wall with the entrance door from the upstairs landing. The
carpet is a cream color background with a sage trellis pattern.

Wallpaper option 1

Wallpaper option 2

Wallpaper option 3

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Remembering America As A Young Boy

Today's inaugural ceremony somehow just brought visions of songs from my childhood that represented the America I grew up to love. Here are some of my favorites that brought back a lot of great memories. Congratulations to President Obama!

At Seventeen

Poetry Man

Tin Man

Have You Ever Seen The Rain

The Sound Of Silence

Monday, January 19, 2009

Faberge And Tiffany And Lalique? Oh My!

Artistic Luxury Exhibit
February 7, 2009 — May 31, 2009
Legion Of Honor Museum
San Francisco, California

Stan Parchin
Exhibition Explores Techniques & Rivalries of Three Famous Designers
This ticketed international loan exhibition that reunites nearly 250 opulent objects from the Gilded Age, on view at the San Francisco, California's Legion of Honor Museum from February 7-May 31, 2009. Lenders to Artistic Luxury... include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco and public and private collections in London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg and the United States.

Meeting of Minds: The 1900 Paris International Exposition

Over 50 million visitors attended the Paris Exposition Universelle or World's Fair from April 15 to November 12, 1900. Some 60 countries presented 85,000 exhibitions that displayed the best of their artistic, cultural, scientific and industrial accomplishments. Innovations such as the escalator, wireless telegraph and first projected sound films were demonstrated. The Parisian cityscape was forever changed by the construction of various venues for the event, among them the Grand Palais, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Orsay and Petit Palais.

Three of the early 20th Century's greatest designers and their ateliers (studios) were represented together for the first and only time at the International Exposition: Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) of St. Petersburg, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) of New York and René Lalique (1860-1945) of Paris. The conservative designs of Fabergé, a jeweler, appealed to the British and Russian royal tastes while those of Tiffany attracted a much broader clientele. Lalique's avant-garde works were purchased by the cognoscenti of artistic and literary circles.

The Exhibition
Artistic Luxury... explores the three designers' sources of inspiration in historicism (the revival of popular motifs from the past), Art Nouveau and Modernism. The exhibition also examines each artist's development and how they responded to their clients' demands for sumptuous decorative objects. While their styles were unique, Fabergé, Tiffany and Lalique shared a common desire to transform everyday objects into splendid artistic creations for their sybaritic benefactors.

Highlights of the installation include:

* Easter eggs by Fabergé (including Imperial ones owned by Princess Grace of Monaco) and jewelry designed for the Russian tsars and their families;

* the stained-glass Magnolia Window by Tiffany and his studios (never before exhibited in the United States) as well as examples of the artist's Favrile glass vases and incomparable lamps;

* Lalique’s Art Nouveau designs for jewelry that incorporate stylized birds and insects, flora, mythical creatures and idealized female forms;

* Tiffany & Co.'s Adams Vase from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the firm's star attraction at the International Exposition; and

* bronze sculptures of women metamorphosing into butterflies that adorned Lalique’s booth at the Exposition Universelle.

Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique is the first comparative study of the work of the three greatest jewelry and decorative arts designers at the turn of the 20th century: Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique. Their rivalry found its stage at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris—the only exposition where all three showed simultaneously and where the work of each was prominently displayed. Some of their most elaborate designs for the Paris World's Fair are reunited for the first time in a gallery recreating the ambiance of this opulent international exposition. Looking critically at the development, design, and marketing of each firm, this exhibition explores how these designers responded to the demand for luxury goods in the years leading up to World War I.

Event Prices

*Adult $20.00
*Youth (13-17) $16.00
*Seniors (65+) $17.00

Event Hours

Sunday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM

To Learn More

Wyeth's Enchanted Isle

Betsy Wyeth’s Magical Benner Island, Off the Coast of Maine

From Architectural Digest
Text by Paul Theroux/Photography by Peter Aaron/Esto
Published June 2003

From May to October, Betsy James Wyeth—wife of painter Andrew— lives on and maintains Benner and Allen islands, several miles off the coast of Maine. Her main residence is on Benner, just across the channel from Allen, in the foreground, which holds more family dwellings.

A dock leads to Benner Island’s Oar House, far left, and outbuildings, which include a 19th-century grocery store that has become a freestanding library, far right. Andrew Wyeth’s studio, Wharf House, is second from right. Flanking the dock are the Fish House, left, and the Salt Shed.

The entrance of Oar House, whose slatted wood exterior has patinaed naturally under the island’s extreme conditions.

Shelves in an Oar House hall hold Wyeth’s collection of shells under bell jars. A nature lover (as well as a descendant of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning), Wyeth collaborated with her artist son, Jamie, in 1979 on a fictional children’s book about animals titled The Stray.

The dining area of Oar House, which Wyeth calls “my tempera,” contains items that she has collected over the years. A visitor once referred to the interior as looking “like an Andrew Wyeth,” to which the artist replied, “I think it looks like a Betsy Wyeth, myself.”

Having renovated an 1857 lighthouse on Maine’s Southern Island, which the couple inhabited from 1978 to 1990, Wyeth created her compound on Benner Island in a few years’ time.
A 1943 drybrush by Andrew Wyeth, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, hangs in the Oar House living area.

Wyeth, who once remarked, “I’m not easily tied down,” pauses on a swing in her barn on Allen Island, which she, Andrew and their two grown children frequent in summer.

A drawing by Jamie Wyeth of his father hangs in the bedroom/office of Oar House.

Influenced by formative years spent in a sparsely furnished Maine house, Wyeth has said, “I’ve liked to come home to orderliness because I am so chaotic underneath, so really wild that I really have to keep things in order. I’ve always done that.”
The Oar House bedroom/office.

In the Oar House dining area is Blue Barrel, a watercolor Andrew Wyeth did in 1989 of a scene in the Fish House, which his wife has turned into a small fishing museum, with old lobster nets and other nautical accoutrements.

The fish house.

A ramp leads to the Fish House.

The library still retains signs of its previous incarnation as a grocery store, with records of transactions and IOUs, one dating to 1842, written on the wood paneling. Wyeth placed a pair of sheep figures—a motif echoing throughout the compound—near the shelves.

Andrew Wyeth’s studio.

Wyeth constructed an octagonal building, Round House, where she archives her husband’s works (one of which, his 1995 Two If by Sea, depicts it).
A bronze casting of the artist’s hands rests on the table. The busts are of Thomas Jefferson and John Paul Jones.

A view of the 500-acre, spruce-filled Allen Island from the considerably smaller Benner Island. Wyeth acquired both islands shortly before she passed along Southern Island in 1990 to son Jamie. “It’s a pleasure,” Wyeth has said of her time so far on Benner. “It’s been a great pleasure.”