Tuesday, November 29, 2011

John Muir Exhibit at the Atlanta History Center - only until Dec 4

Don't miss the John Muir exhibit at the Atlanta History Center. It will be there until December 4. See the information below from the History Center's website:

October 13, 2011-December 4, 2011

John Muir was a botanist throughout his life and his fondness for the nature and beauty of plants contributed significantly to his understanding of the need to preserve wilderness. Yet this aspect of the well-known conservationist’s passions is little known. In the spirit which John Muir embraced the botanical world, the traveling exhibition Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy traces his travels to Canada, Indiana, the American southeast, California, and Alaska, and presents vivid images and specimens of the actual plants that Muir held in his hands, carried in his pockets, and preserved for all time.

Nature’s Beloved Son includes high-resolution images of Muir’s plant specimens on large format canvas and paper prints, allowing the exploration of the structures, patterns, and anatomies of the plant world. Historic images, pages and drawings from Muir’s journals set the context for his plant collecting and a set of original plant specimens shows visitors the real thing. To further inspire, the exhibition includes several quotes from Muir about his fascination with nature and devotion to plants. A film shown in the gallery and narrated by the curator and Muir re-enactor Frank Helling, features additional plant specimens and historic images.

Peachtree and Cherokee Garden Clubs are both sponsors of this exhibit.

Monday, November 28, 2011

House of the Week

This stunning row house is in Richmond, VA on Monument Avenue. We spent Thanksgiving in Richmond and I walked up and down Monument Ave drooling and taking pictures. I adore row houses and Richmond has some of the prettiest in the country. My favorite feature of this house is the curved bow in the front.

Monday, November 21, 2011

House(s) of the Week

In Memory of Betsy Yearley, November 29, 1913- November 16, 2011

My grandmother died last week - she had long, wonderful, full life and would have been 98 on November 29. So much of what I know and love about interior design and creating a home comes from her and her talent. In memory of her, three of her houses.

I love you Gram and will miss you!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Versailles: A Private Invitation

If you love Versailles, you will love this book. The photographs are simply amazing and the text compelling. The authors were given unprecedented access to the chateau and you will be thrilled by these unique photographs. Would make a divine Christmas present!

Versailles: A Private Invitation
by Frances Hammond and Guillaume Picon

available here

Monday, November 14, 2011

House of the Week

I guess you can call this a "house" of the week, but perhaps "small chateau" might be a better way to describe this exquisite residence.

Le Petite Trianon

Le Petite Trianon was designed by Ange-Jacgues Gabriel for Louis XV and was built between 1762-68. It was built for Louis XV's mistress Madame de Pompadour, but she died before it's completion. When Louis XVI ascended the throne in 1774 he gave the chateau to his young wife, Marie Antoinette. She used the residence as a way to escape from the pressure of court life at Versailles.

Here is a great description:

"His (Gabriel's) best-known structure, the Petit Trianon—designed for Mme de Pompadour in 1761 and considered among the most perfect buildings in France—is one of several modest works he erected for the court. At the Petit Trianon, the handling of the order, the window frames, balustrades, and other features derive closely from the French Classical tradition. Gabriel's debt to the past is equally apparent in the building's noble aura of imperturbable dignity, its harmonious proportions, and the precision and elegance of its detailing. But the deceptively modest structure exemplifies Neoclassical taste, for it is severe in its cubic geometry, restrained in articulation, and barren of the accents of relief sculpture typical of seventeenth-century French design."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p409-10.

In the warming kitchen...

The Salon

The sitting room off of Marie Antoinette's bedroom

Her bedroom

Marie Antoinette by Madame Vigee Lebrun, this portrait hangs in the billiard room at Le Petite Trianon

Another portrait by Mme Lebrun, who painted the Queen several times. This one is more informal, and one wonders if this type of simple dress is what she wore at Le Petite Trianon in her garden.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Monogram Pillows

How cute are these needlepoint pillows? They were custom made by our friend Janet Gregg for this room below and will sit in the pink chairs:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paris Doors

Two church doors on Montmartre:

Sacre Coeur

Saint Pierre de Montmartre