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For part nine of my Sunday tradition, I’m pleased to share with you an unknown clipping from my archives…the single page features a palatial interior on one side, pictured above, and an over the top mirrored/marble bathroom on the flip side (notice the intricate woodwork on the ceiling!)…if anyone out there knows the story behind this most spectacular home, please write me a comment…I have a feeling it is from British House and Garden or British Homes and Gardens…I’d love to know more! Hope you are enjoying this lovely Sunday afternoon!

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For part eight of my Sunday tradition, I’m pleased to share with you another one of my cherished archives, the Belgian home of Edouard Vermeulen. Located in a pretty village outside Antwerp, the 18th century manor house, or gentilhommiere, is a 20 minute drive to Brussels where Edouard runs the couture house Natan (commissions include weddings dresses for the royal families of Belgian and Luxembourg). Working with expert builders and architects, Edouard designed and managed the twelve year restoration from start to finish. Majors changes to the property included restoration to the facade and construction of a new main entrance at the front of the house. For the interior palette, he stayed true to his fashion philosophy ~ “I prefer not to be surrounded by pattern, so I opted for a simple, contemporary look that is easy to live with, but also sympathetic to the age of the property.” Using reclaimed rather than modern materials, he was able to capture the spirit of the 18th century. The black and white marble floor tiles in the hall came from a chateau in the Loire Valley, and the boiseries in the salon were found locally. Please enjoy this lovely trip to the Belgian countryside…

photos and resources from British Homes and Gardens, July 2005

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For part seven of my Sunday tradition, I’m thrilled to share with you one of my beloved archives, the East Sussex home of antiques dealer Diana Kelly. Located in the oldest part of Seaford in East Sussex, Diana’s home is a “glittering jewel,” filled with a stunning mix of antiques and personal treasures. She lives both above and below her shop in a historic home which dates from around 1780. When she bought the house, it was rundown and in need of an extensive renovation. With vision, imagination and exacting standards, she meticulously managed the restoration from start to finish. The basement is now her kitchen and dining room which leads out to a small sheltered courtyard garden, street level is the antique shop, with the living room directly above, leaving the top floor for her master suite equipped with bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. She drew inspiration for her dramatic color palette from the gorgeous 19th century Chinese lacquer paravent that hangs in the living room (pictured above and below). From the rich dark brown dining room to the breathtaking floor to ceiling mirrored wall in the bedroom, her home embodies her passion for all things beautiful…enjoy!

photos from British Homes & Gardens, November 2006

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above, Robert Mapplethorpe, Flower Arrangement, 1982 ~ sold for $6800

In keeping with my Sunday tradition, I am posting images from an archived oldie but goodie, except instead of an interior, I’m posting photographs from an auction catalog that I lovingly filed away from 1992…the auction was to benefit the Photographic Resource Center located at 602 Commonwealth Ave in Boston…at the time, I was a newlywed with no income to spare for art but I can still remember the photographs I fell in love with and the thrill of being there to see them in person…I thought I would feature ten artists that wowed me then and still wow me now…if I had been able to afford some of these works back in 1992, I’d be enjoying quite a sizable profit by now…in fact, seven of the ten artists in today’s post have works in the permanent photography collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston…I fondly remember seeing the Harold Edgerton .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple on exhibit just a few years ago…oh well, I still have the memories and the catalog…enjoy! (just to make us crazy, I’m including the price each piece sold for back in 1992!)

below left, Lucien Aigner, At the Fish Market, Le Touquet, 1934 ~ sold for $480

below right, Lucien Aigner, Marlene Dietrich, Paris, 1936 ~ sold for $1100

below, Richard Misrach, Desert Croquet #1, 1992 ~ sold for $350

below, William Wegman, Symetrical Trio, 1990 ~ sold for $2000

below, Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled, 1976 ~ sold for $1500

below, Harold Edgerton, .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964 ~ sold for $1900

below, Lynn Davis, Heide Coste, 1982 ~ sold for $850

below, Jerry Berndt, Susanna Vennerbeck, Boston Ballet Co., 1989 ~ sold for $130

below, Arnold Newman, Picasso, Villa de Californie, Cannes, 1956 ~ sold for $1500

below, Eva Rubinstein, Dubrovnik, 1973 ~ sold for $500

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sunday tradition ~ part five

Today’s post is a special Valentine’s Day Sunday tradition! I lovingly saved a Frette catalog from 2006 that features some of the most opulent bedrooms I’ve ever seen and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with you! The image above is my favorite ~ dark, dramatic, mysterious and sinfully romantic…the shimmer of silver leafed walls, the timeless romance of a Venetian glass chandelier, and layers of delicious Frette bedding in the most mouth watering shades of green…sigh…I hope you find these images as inspiring as I do…a taste of bedroom decadence for Valentine’s Day!

“Long established as a producer of finely-crafted fabrics, Frette’s reputation for Made-in-Italy linens remains unrivalled even today. For almost 150 years, this prestigious linens house has supplied the creme of society, from the Italian Royal family to innumerable aristocratic families across Europe and beyond. Even the Vatican has fallen under Frette’s spell, ordering customized cloths for the marble altars at St Peter’s in Rome.” ~ Frette

photos from Frette, fall/winter collection, 2006/2007

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For this week’s Sunday tradition, I chose a light filled London home re-imagined by interior designer, and home owner, Sheila Harley. Built in the 1860s, the house retains many of its original features including fireplaces, shutters, mouldings and banisters. The only major changes were putting in a new Smallbone kitchen, adding a large family bathroom and replacing the old parquet floor with oak boards. The pale neutral palette enhances the beauty of the period architecture and creates a perfect backdrop for the designers contemporary furniture, antiques and collection of tribal art. In addition, the striped rugs and zebra ottoman add a splash of pattern and personality to this family home. A Victorian gem thoughtfully restored for a young modern family…how refreshing!

photos and resources from British Homes and Gardens, May 2005

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If you a newcomer to “a thoughtful eye,” my Sunday posts now feature timeless interiors I have lovingly filed away, oldies but goodies I have been longing to share with you! For today’s post, I chose a southern home whose mix of old and new deserves a round of applause! (a standing ovation for the plaster work in the living room!) New Orleans based architect and interior designer John Chrestia had his heart set on building a modern home but after visiting the sun drenched beauty of the Boulware/Bofinger house, he knew this magnificent piece of New Orleans history was his dream home. A complete restoration of the 1854 Victorian townhouse was in order so he quickly moved to the third floor and went to work. Fortunately, many of the original features were still intact including fourteen foot high ceilings, 12 foot high windows doubling as doors, and gorgeous intricate plaster work. Although the home is steeped in New Orleans history, Chrestia chose to make the interiors his own. By bleaching the floors, painting the walls a creamy white and opening up the layout, he successfully created a clean, neutral environment, perfect to house his eclectic collection of furniture and art. Please enjoy this thoughtful restoration…a piece of history re-imagined for today’s modern lifesytle

above, The double-parlor living room ~ classic French chairs share the room comfortably with a 1960s footed table by San Francisco interior designer John Dickenson and a floor lamp by Angelo Donghia.

below, A painting by Jim Richard hangs above a settee from the studio of Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. The triptych in the entry is by Louisianan Mark Boudreaux.

below, The dining room beckons through original leaded glass doors and features a French-designed plaster of paris chandelier Chrestia picked up at a gallery in New York.

below, A painting by Louisiana artist Pat Trivigno hangs above the fireplace mantle in Chrestia’s bedroom. The chest of drawers is by Paul McCobb.

below, Chrestia’s vast collection of glass includes secondhand finds as well as pieces by artists like Gene Koss, who created the blue and gold vessels.

photos and resources from Met Home, November 2005

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