22 July 2014

after Gertrude




“I am I because my little dog knows me.” Gertrude Stein
portrait of Alice Toklas ,1952.(probably with Basket II)


Dora Maar and her portrait of Alice B. Toklas by Michel Sima.


“I always say that you cannot tell what a picture really is or what an object really is until you dust it every day and you cannot tell what a book is until you type it or proof-read it. It then does something to you that only reading it never can do.” ― Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
(Stein wrote the book-posing as Alice-it turned out to be Stein's most popular and best selling work.)

When Gertrude Stein died in 1946 she left a portion of her estate to her Alice, her lifelong partner- along with paintings by Picasso. Together since 1907, the 39 year relationship wasn't recognized legally and while Alice was vacationing, Stein's relatives removed the paintings. She had been all things to Stein, living in the background as confidante, lover, cook, secretary, muse, editor, critic. To support herself, Toklas turned to friends and writing after the theft. The Alice Toklas Cookbook reflects on her life with Stein and includes her recipes as well. She lived for 21 years after Stein's death and died in poverty at the age of 89.
She said of Gertrude, “I am nothing, but a memory of her.”





17 July 2014

Craig and Karl, and Gertrude



Don't we all need inspiration?
I do.
Right now-I'm not feeling it, but these 2, are onto something.

Could it be?

(Yes, puts me in mind of  Gertrude Stein.)

Beaton photograph 1936

Craig Redman and Karl Maier best-known as Craig & Karl,create pop-art-based, bold and colourfulwork that has appeared in exhibitions all over the world. They also contribute to British Vogue's The Culture Edit, (here)




 Right now, I'm following Gertrude's lead -and having a lounge.

 Stein at her villa with Pepe and Basket I





14 July 2014

Mark Sikes & Leading Men


The current issue of Veranda features the Hollywood Hills home of designer Mark Sikes. Mark's blog is always buzzing with fashion, and interior design-past and present.
His home is indicative of these loves. His rooms don't live in the past-but references abound.

I've paired Marks rooms up with some of my favorite leading men.

 Hubert Givenchy's chateau, Le Jonchet, guest room swathed in Braquenie's Tree of Life.


Mark follows Givenchy's lead and uses the same fabric in one of his guest rooms.




Another guest room at Sikes' home was inspired by a tented room in Charlottenhof Palace designed by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel around 1826.


I immediately thought of Bill Blass when I saw this beautiful room. He'd love the masculine heft, and the restraint, along with the dog, the leather, the books-and I think there's probably even an ashtray tucked away somewhere.






Mark's living room is cool, elegant-and smooth.My eye can't help but see Fred Astaire-dancing on the chairs- and finessing his way up those bright white walls.



Classic-Stylish-& with plenty of aplomb-



The dining room seems like the perfect place for studying the mounting oversize interior and art books the designer has collected. A place for scholarly pursuits-like the great Mark Hampton, who as a designer went beyond just pretty rooms to write several books about designers who inspired him.


Mark says in the article-he likes to decorate with "a point of view," and develop "a cohesive story." There's a certainly a story here-as the pages of Veranda confirm, but I see a blockbuster-with Mark Sikes as its leading man.



Read the story in Veranda Here
thanks to Veranda for the terrific photographs by Roger Davies





12 July 2014

monsieur DIOR

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 "I am delighted to hear that Monsieur de Sales is a saint. He was fond of saying indelicate things, and used to cheat at cards. In other respects he was a perfect gentleman, though a fool."
Ambrose Bierce from Devil's Dictionary Quotes


"Monsieur, please be steadfast in walking in the vocation to which you are called." 

 St Vincent de Paul




" I can give you my word of honor." 
"And pray what may be the value of that?" inquired the amused Regent. 
"Monsieur, it is worth its weight in gold." 
 Ambrose Bierce-from Devil's Dictionary Quotes



 "Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write." Voltaire



 "Might as well be frank, Monsieur. It would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca, and the Germans have outlawed miracles." Sidney Greenstreet from CASABLANCA



 "For the love of Heaven, of justice, of generosity, of the honour of your noble name, I supplicate you, Monsieur heretofore the Marquis, to succour and release me. My fault is that I have been true to you. Oh, Monsieur heretofore the Marquis, I pray you be true to me!" Charles Dickens-A Tale of Two Cities



the impeccable frock coats from Christian Dior's haute couture collection,Fall 2014. 
what madame wouldn't give her eye teeth to wear?

the Monsieurs: 
detail by Jacopo Amignoni, the singer Farinelli and friends
Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais,1755, by Nattier
Louis de Bourbon, Comte de Clermont, 1771, by François-Hubert Drouais
Thomas Wentworth, 1761, by Joseph Blackburn
Admiral The Honourable Charles Stewart, by Allan Ramsay
detail Grand Duke Paul (later the Emperor Paul I), 1764, by Vigilius-Eriksen



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