Study for plate XIV of the Différents vues de Pesto

Love Among the Ruins

How would it feel to spend your life so absorbed by crumbling architecture and disintegrating stone you could bring them vibrantly back to life with chalk and a pen? Giovanni Battista Piranesi knew, his talent for accuracy in imagining the details that flirted at the edge of the decaying world so astute he became the […]

Madame Cezanne with Hotensias is a study by Paul Cezanne

Mme Cezanne at the Met

“For nearly seventeen years, Cézanne would conceal his affair with Hortense from his father…” —Philippe Cézanne As I studied the sketches and paintings in the Madame Cézanne exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was compelled to ask the sullen woman peering back at me, “What would it mean to live with you hovering […]

Alden Parkes' Courtesan chair in vignette

Courtesan Style Counts

Everyone has a different definition of beauty but I’m betting it’s the rare soul who wouldn’t be enamored with this sexy chair by Alden Parkes, which the manufacturer has dubbed the Courtesan chair. It is aptly named because it represents the boldness and refinement of an alluring caste of women as well as a luxurious trend […]

Buenos Aires Zoo on Saxon Henry blog

Ode to The Panther

During my first trip to Argentina in 2004, my bucket list included visiting the Buenos Aires zoo. This was not a wish born of an enjoyment of zoos. I actually believe they should be outlawed unless their purpose is to breed endangered species and/or to rehabilitate animals. I was bent on going because I wanted […]

Bernhardt Interiors HPMkt Fall 2014

The Valentino Lair

Before The Beatles turned teenaged girls into a screaming, weeping throng and George Clooney made even the most reserved woman a bit toasty under the proverbial collar, there was an inimitable heartthrob working his magic on the female gender during the roaring 20s. His name? Rudolph Valentino, an actor notorious for his tango kisses and his sultry […]

The Aloysius sectional by Barry Dixon through Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth.

Allegorical Accents from Barry Dixon

Certain aspects of being southern seem to seep into the skin through osmosis. It’s as if the summer heat wriggles into our DNA, the perspiration beading on the forehead a sign that the bloodstream has become infused with the ethos of lushness. Woodlands and pastures are in on the game, as are towering peaks and […]