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…View More The Peacock Room à la Whistler
There is something magical about Paris where literary adventuring is concerned, the number of writers who’ve called the city home abundant.
I always have a full itinerary of addresses and cafes to hunt down before I land so my visits to the French capital are chock full of discoveries. There is an organic shift that happens without my knowing it—one time my explorations may be focused upon the Lost Generation while another it will be Edith Wharton and her lover Morton Fullerton. I record anecdotes to take with me so I can locate addresses where my literary heroes held court.
An example is this exchange between Oscar Wilde and Fullerton: “When Wilde was released from Reading Gaol, he went to France as ‘Sebastian Melmoth,’” Marion Mainwaring wrote in her book Mysteries of Paris: The Quest for Morton Fullerton. “His Paris base was the Grand Café at 14 Boulevard des Capucines. The Times was at number 35. He had his publishers send Fullerton a copy of The Importance of Being Earnest, then wrote asking his dear Fullerton to lend him a hundred francs…” It seems that there are more episodes like this in Paris than anywhere else in the world, which makes me happy because it means I will always have new adventures in store!
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…View More Mme Cezanne at the Met
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…View More Courtesan Style Counts
Ally Coulter and the Opulent Salon
Ally Coulter’s grand salon on the first floor of the Holiday House NYC took my breath away the minute I entered the room. It was…View More Ally Coulter and the Opulent Salon
Summer Reading with Carmen Natschke
For those of you who think Carmen Natschke, of The Decorating Diva fame, is merely a glamorous gadabout holding court in the design stratosphere, there…View More Summer Reading with Carmen Natschke
Rococo Style in Italy
If I told you the most surprising thing I found in Parma, Italy, was France, would you think I’d lost my mind? I’m not speaking…View More Rococo Style in Italy
A Jet Set Fantasy
When the Bernhardt Jet Set buffet flowed through the raucous column of my Tweetdeck during the #HPMkt Twitter chat on the evening of March 12th, I chased…View More A Jet Set Fantasy
He Who Seeks Beauty
He Who Seeks Beauty In the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, a passionate observer is shown to viewers as the film crew trails him, sometimes…View More He Who Seeks Beauty