Painting Pauline as Daphne Fleeing from Apollo by Robert Lefevre

Musing Through Classical Mythology

  As I was strolling through the National Gallery of Art a week and a half ago, I couldn’t help but marvel at the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses involved in their adventures and the beautiful architecture of the museum that served as the perfect backdrop for the stories of classical mythology they represented. I was […]

Whistler gilded the walnut latticework forming the shelves.

The Peacock Room à la Whistler

  The most recognizable painting by artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler might lead you to believe he was as Puritan as his upbringing. The fact he could render such a realistic homage to piety in Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother)—better known as Whistler’s Mother—does seem to further the […]

The lobby area of The Chatwal

The Old Familiar Faces

…I have been laughing, I have been carousing, Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies, All, all are gone, the old familiar faces…   These three lines of verse illustrating Charles Lamb’s feelings of loss for the pals who brought intellectual stimulation into his life couldn’t be more meaningful to kick off this #DesignSalon […]

Beautiful hand-painted majolica plate

Poetry and Ceramics in Savona

  The 16th-century poetry that sprung from Savona made a strong impression on Thomas William Parsons when he found verses inscribed on a statue of the Madonna near the town’s lighthouse during a tour of Italy in the 19th century. He was so moved, the American poet penned the sonnet “Savona: Vespers on the Shore of the Mediterranean” […]

Bernhardt's Marquesa dresser on Saxon Henry's blog.

Harmony and Proportion

Love of beauty is taste…the creation of beauty is art. -Emerson I’ve been a fan of Alexandra Stoddard since I came across the designer’s book Living a Beautiful Life in the mid-1980s. She has since become a prolific author with an insightful list of releases but Living a Beautiful Life remains the book I return to […]

Center stage in this image is a Sheffield Plate Beehive Tea Machine; image courtesy The London Silver Vaults.

Jane Austen Era Silver

If you are a fan of movies inspired by the novels of Jane Austen but you haven’t read her books, you may be surprised to know that the beautiful period backdrops achieved in films like Emma are not the work of the novelist herself. Though highly emotional in a way that brings all of her characters […]