Monday, December 12, 2011
As a young child growing up in southern Miami during the 60's, many of my schoolmates were Cuban refugees whose parents had fled their homes following Castro’s uprising. The Cuban culture and mystique has fascinated me as a result of this association earlier in life for me. So, I recently read Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner. Ms. Kushner tells the story of American families living in Cuba prior to the takeover by the Castro brothers in the late 50’s. Told through the eyes of a young boy and the son of an American executive in Cuba, Ms. Kushner tells the story of the sugar cane and nickel mining industries in Cuba and the Americans who manage the operations there. Worth a read, for sure.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
~The coir rugs in her houses are layed over, not glued down to existing flooring. They are edged in leather. They keep her rooms "grounded".
~Suzanne is fond of fabric applications to walls. No padding is used underneath, though often the fabric is painted with a latex, to give it shape and body, I suppose. The transistions or edges are finished with tape, often fine grosgrain ribbon used by milliners.
To learn more about Ms. Rheinstein, have a look at the 1st Dibs piece on her and her shop, Hollyhock.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
I have just recently completed the Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights, by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins. I compare this account to a walk through a fabulous museum and reading every single description under every article of interest. Ms. Jenkins presents something for everyone here: art, cuisine, fashion, phenomena, history, phrases, language, personal situations and more, with provenance all over the world. A lovely book with snippets of out of the ordinary information, it is worth a read. As well Ms. Jenkins maintains a blog, where the stories from within her book continue on.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
I have recently returned from the condo in Florida where it was warm and lovely, sans hurricanes and tropical storms, oddly enough.
Built in the Spanish Mission Style, the building has a stucco surface with a clay barrelled roof as well as arches, balconies, wrought ironworks and an irregular roof line.
While I was in Florida, I was the keeper of Izzy, the wonder dog, the dau's fabulous pooch, while she was away for a bit.
small wrought iron, glass-topped side table on the lanai
French apothecary jar
My Grandmother's desk
Wrought iron lantern with seeded glass panes suspended in the entryway.
The Colonel's parent's desk
Giant custom made curtain
which covers the extremely large sliding glass door.