Thursday, September 8, 2011


Why not record your house for posterity in a memorable way like Baron Kuner did in 1760 of Memmingen, his country estate in Kunersberg -paint it on a platter. Of course, he owned his own faience pottery factory which helped! Have you done anything to record your estate?
Plateau now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spanish Steps

No, not THOSE Spanish Steps, but rather the so named 'Spanish Steps' in the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC (connecting 22nd and S streets NW). Originally, steps in this location led to a grand 18th century estate named Belair which was later changed to Kalorama, Greek for 'fine view', in 1807 by then owner and poet Joel Barlow. These steps were built in 1911 when the neighborhood was being developed at the height of the city beautiful movement and later were rebuilt (following decades of neglect) in 1999 by a group of neighbors. They now hold a rather romantic character and many a DC girl has been proposed sitting here in summer. Now who needs to go all the way to Rome when we have our own Spanish Steps in our backyard!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recent Acquisition

This past weekend, I bought a cabinet on craigslist to replace a console table I had in my entry hall (slash dressing room), seen above. While the old console table was very pretty, it lacked essential storage. While advertised as antique, it's actually a newer piece which was a disappointment (especially as I had driven out to Ashburn!) but the quality is outstanding. It is unmarked though so I can't figure out the maker.Here is my old console table. I kept the mirror which oddly enough, is a near perfect match for the cabinet, which even odder still, is nearly the same exact size as the table! I can't make up my mind whether to use my old wedgwood lamp, which was my grandparents (the beige and brown urn) or to use a simpler white wedgwood lamp which needs a little work (the lamp shade extension needs to be removed as it is out of scale). Which do you prefer? I realize my Napolean bust from restoration hardware is also a bit big, but I like him and don't know where else he could go in my tiny apartment.
I lined the top 2 drawers with a beautiful marbelized paper which I think goes nicely with the marble top as well as 2 plates from my John Derian collection. How was your weekend?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bitte Geh Nicht Fort

Something a bit different -the glamorously talented Marlene Dietrich singing a heartfelt German version of Ne Me Quitte Pas

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ne Me Quitte Pas (2)

A shockingly beautiful interpretation by Sting.