Monthly Archives: December 2014

Puttin’ On the Ritz

 Now if you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where fashion sits? Puttin’ on the Ritz Puttin’ on the Ritz, a turn of phrase coined by Irving Berlin in 1929 for the song of the same name, was a slang expression to indicate “dressing stylishly”, inspired by London’s […]

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Christmas in Cortina

Posted December 22, 2014. Filed in Chalets, Holidays

A year ago, while doing research for a post on Alpine style titled Fresca Alpina, I discovered Italian photographer Stefano Scatá and the many residential projects he has photographed. I saved the images you are about discover, anticipating today’s very post. The all-wood constructed chalet located in the Italian Alpine village of Cortina d’Ampezzo was […]

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Fire and Ice

Posted December 21, 2014. Filed in Miles Redd, Red and Blue, Robert Couturier

Fire and Ice By Robert Frost Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And […]

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Wilbury Park Dressed for Christmas

In 2003 Lady Iveagh, widow to Benjamin Guinness, opened the doors of Wilbury Park, her neo-Palladian country house in Wiltshire, England, to House & Garden for a Christmas holiday feature. One of the earliest examples of neo-Palladian architecture in England, Wilbury Park was built in 1710 with classic proportions and a symmetrical layout inspired by […]

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Carolyne Roehm: Christmas in Connecticut

For me there is nothing more romantic and magical than celebrating the holidays in a rustic, yet elegant, environment where “the weather outside is frightful, but the fire [inside] is so delightful”! Growing up in northern California dreaming of a white Christmas was just that, a dream. Though Lake Tahoe was certainly an option my […]

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Deck the Halls

  With Christmas fast approaching and temps plunging, for at least some, the warmth and magic of the holiday season is finding its way into our hearts and homes. From elegant penthouses with commanding views to humble cottages and barns in pastoral settings, it’s that time of year once again to extend good cheer and […]

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A Secessionist Sensation

In our day and age of the tear down it is rare to stumble upon a completely intact dwelling representing an important moment in design. Such is the case of a Secessionist-style villa in Brussels discovered and lovingly preserved by interior designer Jean-Jacques Hervy. Designed by Belgian architect, sculptor and painter Joseph Dierickx in 1924 […]

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Gervase Jackson-Stops: The Menagerie

The late architectural historian and writer Gervase Jackson-Stops is probably most remembered, in our contemporary virtual world of visual literacy, for the single extraordinary room he restored and decorated for himself at The Menagerie, his grand folly at Horton in Northhamptonshire, England. The one-story structure with flanking pavilions is attributed to Thomas Wright, designed as […]

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