A few more items I want to share with you from my recent NYC trip. Before when we’ve gone to New York we always end up shopping and eating out and seeing friends and this time I wanted to make it a priority to see some plays and or musicals while we were in town and boy did we ever. I’ve already shared some with you about seeing Glenn Close in the stage version of Sunset Boulevard and on Tuesday I told you about War Paint, today I want to tell you about the play we saw, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. TLF is a play written by Lillian Hellman in 1939 and the first production on Broadway starred Tallulah Bankhead in the lead role of Regina Giddens, the play is set in a small town in Alabama in 1900 and takes a look at the machinations and relationships of a family who are all trying to get ahead in life and how they step on each other in trying to attain their goals. I had only ever seen the movie version of The Little Foxes that stars Bette Davis as Regina, so when I read that a new stage version was being planned for Broadway I really wanted to see it. This new production is starring actresses, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, the two women are trading off playing the role of Regina and another female character, Aunt Birdie. The current production is wonderful and I strongly suggest seeing it, the play takes place entirely in the Giddens home and the scenery for the play is beautiful, a beautiful green covers the wall of the home set and it’s filled with antiques from the early 20th century. The costumes are beautiful and needless to say the acting is extraordinary, in addition to the two actresses I mentioned the play also stars Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as Horace Giddens and Michael McKeon as Uncle Ben Hubbard. I want to share some images from the 1941 movie version of the play plus there’s some pics and a review of our NYC hotel below, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 27, 2017
April 20, 2017
I wanted to give you little tease today for what we are doing in NYC tonight, we are seeing the musical Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, starring Glenn Close. SB is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production that first appeared on Broadway 23 years ago in 1994. Today the musical stars Glenn Close as Norma Desmond, silent screen star that time has forgotten, leaving her to live out her days in her Los Angeles mansion on Sunset Boulevard. The musical of course is based on the 1950 movie of the same name that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. I am so excited we are able to see this production, especially with a talent like Close. I’ll let you know about the show more next week after I get home. Enjoy!!! (above image via, below image via)
April 3, 2017
One thing I love to see is where the rich and famous live, so last year when Carrie Fisher died so unexpectedly I was naturally curious about her home in Los Angeles. Carrie lived in a “hacienda style” home that sits on 2.66 acres in the Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. Carrie Fisher lived in the home for over twenty years having purchased it in 1992 or ’93, the home was originally built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1919 and over the years has been lived in by other notables like Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head. Earlier this year we were able to see the documentary Bright Lights, starring Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, and were able to get a good look at the house and all of its contents. Fisher was known as quite the shopper and her home showed it as it’s filled with collectibles including Biedermeier Furniture, Star Wars memorabilia, Indian rugs, artwork and the list goes on and on. The red tile roofed home is 4,210 square feet and has four bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pool and a guest house. One notable thing about the guest house is there’s an upright piano in one of the bathrooms, it was here that singer/songwriter James Blunt recorded the song Goodbye My Lover. Of course, now there are many rumors surrounding the property, I’ve read her daughter Billie Lourd will live there, it will be turned into a museum or it and its contents will be sold. Don’t forget there’s another house on the property where her mom, Debbie Reynolds, lived for several years. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what happens, in the meantime here’s a look at photos from the home from an Architectural Digest article originally printed in 2004 and reprinted last Fall. Enjoy!!!
March 31, 2017
Iris Apfel, like her jewelry, is bigger than life. Known for her beautiful clothes, large chunky jewelry and big glasses Iris Apfel has been making her way in the world of design for years. Iris and her husband Carl launched the successful textile firm, Old World Weavers, in 1950 and ran it until retiring in 1992. Iris has been the subject of documentaries, books and is always a fixture on the New York fashion scene. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and women who have made a mark in the world of design. For a more in-depth look at Iris Apfel click here to see a post I did on her in August 2014.
March 29, 2017
Nancy Lancaster was a force to be reckoned with, born in Virginia Nancy made her mark in the world after she moved to England with her second husband. Nancy Lancaster is often credited with creating the English Country Home look as well as helping found the decorating firm of Colefax & Fowler. The country house look is known for using color, chintz fabrics, antiques. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are remembering Nancy Lancaster and her work in design. For a more in-depth look at Lancaster click here to see a post I did on her life in September 2015.
March 29, 2017
I admire Ellen Degeneres, she’s proven herself to be a wonderful, giving person who genuinely cares about other humans and animals. Ellen has never hidden the fact that she loves design, she’s known for buying homes, remodeling them and selling or flipping them. A while back I had seen an announcement that she was creating her own line of furniture and accessories for the home, and I was pleasantly surprised the other day when I received the latest Bed Bath & Beyond catalog in the mail with Ellen on the cover surrounded by her own products. I decided to check this out some more and I love what I’m seeing, beautiful furniture with a mid-century twist that’s up to date and timely. I thought today we would take a look at several of the pieces available through the Thomasville website and I’ll see what else I can find, Enjoy!!!
March 24, 2017
The Duchess of Windsor
As we celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March we are looking at and remembering women who’ve left their mark on the world in the field of design. Today we are remembering the Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor, a woman who didn’t design clothes, homes or jewelry but is known for having the best and most beautiful of all these things. Her life was filled with newspaper headlines and sometimes scandal but she lived the way she wanted with the man she wanted, who if not for her would have been King of England. For a more in-depth look at the life of the Duchess click here to see a post I did on her in June 2015. Enjoy!!!
March 23, 2017
I love the new ABC family comedy Speechless and the driving force on that show is the mother Maya DiMeo, a mother of three teenagers one of which has cerebral palsy, Maya is played by actress Minnie Driver. I’ve loved Minnie Driver for years, I think she is a hilarious actress and will always remember her stint on Will and Grace with much affection. Recently the design magazine Elle Decor paid a visit to Minnie and her son Henry in their 1940’s Hollywood Hills home and I want to share the pictures with you today from that visit. Her home is a ranch style house that she hired British designer Peter Dunham to help her with. I love the color palette she’s chosen with lots of colors including red, white, and blue in the dining area. Driver says she and Dunham have a lot in common including the style she calls “English Gypsy”, whatever it is it works beautifully and has made for a wonderful home for her and her son to enjoy. Something else I’m happy about is her show, Speechless, has been renewed for a second season. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 17, 2017
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering famed Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli, the woman known for her artistic gowns and collaborations with Salvador Dali. Once described as Chanel’s “chief competition” Schiaparelli was the McQueen of her day and continues to have a strong influence on fashion in the 21st Century. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014.
March 16, 2017
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering fashion maven Diana Vreeland. Vreeland was known for her distinct way of dressing which got her a column in Harper’s Bazaar and eventually led to her being Editor-In-Chief of Vogue magazine. Today Vreeland is remembered for her straightforward approach and the amazing exhibits she curated while she headed up the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2015.