Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This is definitely something I'll be keeping in my back pocket.
Monday, January 30, 2012
From this reading, she sounds like quite the character. She, "walked like a goddess on the clouds and her voice thrilled the senses’. She dressed in a cloud of diaphanous white mousseline, never wore diamonds only pearls, and appealed to romantic sensibility, wearing crowns of real pansies and cornflowers on her head and posies on her gown. Juliette was married at 15 to the wealthy banker Jacques Recamier...
"Juliette insisted on having flowers everywhere, even on the stairs, and would greet invited guests with a charming smile and invite them to see her famous bedroom. The bed itself was raised on a dais, and declared the most beautiful in Paris, against its background of mirrored walls, draped as it was in a froth of transparent gauze, a white vapor falling from the ceiling, surrounded by vases and candelabra, and an artificial rose tree."Oh to be a muse. Rough gig.
Want to see the namesake in action? Now technically speaking, as I recall, a chaise is the genus and the récamier the species. Not to be confused with the duchesse brisée, or méridienne. And don't mistake it with a lit bateau, goodness; that's not for the living room... Confused yet? Quick recap, the duchesse brisée is a chaise broken into two with a footstool and a seat. The méridienne is asymmetrical with a higher side to rest your head and downward sloping place to put your feet. Ah, old school La-Z-Boy, yes! And lastly, the récamier looks just like the lit bateau with two sides that are generally even. But for eye-candy sake, let's just look at them all. ref
Image and excerpt from Culture Concept. Other images from Wikipedia, Chateau of Coppet: Mme Récamier's bedroom, Lessing Photo Archive, Candace Bushnell/Alex Papachristidis for Elle Decor,Encyclopédies sur 'Academic', Architect Design at Vizcaya (btw loved this room in person too!), This is Glamorous
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
This would also be a good time to tell you that I am going to be their newest team member (don't worry, I'm not paid - just there to learn) and I'm quite excited about this opportunity!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
My husband reads this blog, too. Sorry dear.
For more information, I highly recommend the Preservation Foundation's website or the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Light fixtures throughout were astounding. Made by Caldwell Lighting Company, often the bulbs were "slip covered" with a net of Baccarat crystal.
Finally my favorite detail of the stairs however I wish this photo had turned out better... Oh well!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Images from the Met
Colonial Chamber, a favorite. Maybe it is because the bed in this room is similar to mine at home? It was hard to get a good photo of it but do you see that little table next to the chair in the second photo. Any clue about it? It looks to be made of porcelain. Ah yes and all the fireplaces are decorative on this floor. Honestly, why would you need a fireplace in Florida? Friends who live down there year-round say they need to run the AC to burn a fire! Interesting fact, they ran the heat system during the summer to keep the humidity from ruining the furnishings and artworks.
Heliotrope Room, i.e. light purple, i.e. lavender but is sounds lovelier to use the arcane description of the color.
Louis XV Room
Blue Room, another favorite of mine. Call me crazy but I could see a little boy living here. Maybe just my imaginary children would be spoiled?
The Master in bright chartreuse. It is just as bold and, dare I say it - acidic, in person.
I just have to gush over this Master Bath. I want someone to revive those fixtures, notice how they don't stick out over the bowl of the sink - perfect for shaving and washing up without recreating Lake Superior on the bathroom floor.
Here's a better shot at similar fixtures in a guest bath. If you can't tell, I find modern sinks often have too shallow of a bowl with too large of a fixture. Impossible to keep clean!
And then a walk-in closet with gorgeous built-ins.
And a room for the monsieur, the Silver Maple Room. I had to include the museum's photo so you can see the details in the bed itself.
Another Colonial Room
Yellow Roses Room for Flagler's secretary. Did you ever see that movie, "Mona Lisa Smile" where Nancy goes, "I just loooove chintz!"
Mrs. Flagler's Morning Room. Now I'm really liking the details on the window treatments which are entirely relevant to modern design.
All that without museum legs. Seriously, if you are in the area, I highly recommend a visit simply because the immensity cannot be conveyed by dark photos. To see more from home, stop by the Flagler Museum's site for a virtual tour.