Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Okay, so this article is a wee bit late for Christmas, but some of these ideas will work for New Year's as well!
Long time readers will have noticed that my posts have become, shall we say, sparse, over the last year or so. Mainly, it's because I've been doing a lot of writing for other websites, notably Networx.com and Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace. The Networx articles are focused to the general home market and are a mix of decorating ideas, product pics on a theme, sometimes cleaning ideas, etc. Many of these articles are also syndicated nationally and in Canada and have appeared in the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Vancouver Sun and others. The Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace articles are geared towards the professional interior designer and are tips and ideas for running a design business. Other writers in this series include Tobi Fairley, Robin Callan of RoomFu, Jay Johnson of Design2Share, and Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room. If you're a designer, or looking to become one, this series of posts is educational and inspirational.
I've reposted some articles here on occasion but it's been pretty ad hoc. In my never ending quest to make things easier (for me!) while still providing a lot of good content, I'll be posting screen shots of the published articles that link to the full piece.
Posted by Linda Merrill at 4:12 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Since I own the dvd, I figured it would be fun to pull out some images of the different styles of decorating to be found in these Regency England interiors. There are three distinct levels of society profiled in Pride and Prejudice.
The first we see is the Bennet's family home. As those who know the story are aware, the Bennets are a family of seven - Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, a gentleman and his silly wife. They have five daughters, all of whom are in want of wealthy husbands due to the fact that Mr. Bennet's property will be "entailed" away from his family after his death - leaving them quite poor and without their home. Hence the need for the daughters to all marry as well as possible.
My blogging friend Ms. Place, Jane Austen expert par excellence, has done a post on the income levels of the various characters' and putting their income in today's dollars. Check it out here on Jane Austen's World. Mr. Bennets' annual income (for his family of seven) was £2,000, which is £67.9k in todays currency ($132k US). In his time, this was a comfortable income and it affords the family a nice, if not luxurious, lifestyle that includes a large house and small staff. Their country home is filled with quality furnishings and accessories that are beautiful, but standard and practical. One notices in the set decor that there is a prevalence of slipcovers and tablecloths, which may indicate the need to hide the well worn nature of their furnishings.
Just for fun, I did a little window shopping at 1st Dibs and pulled out the following English Regency antiques that one might have found in a home such as the Bennet's.
Side tables at English Country Antiques
18thC/19C Secretary at Parc Monceau Antiques
King George III mahogany chair back settee at Carnegie Hill Antiques
Queen Ann card table at Carnegie Hill Antiques
Silver tea service at Belvedere Antiques
Scroll window seat at Timothy Corrigan Antiques
Inlaid mahagony Pembroke table ca. 1810 at William Word Fine Antiques
Satinwood Writing Slope at Drum & Company
According to Jane Austen Today, upon Mr. Bennet's death, Mrs. Bennet's entire "marriage portion" would have been £5,000 which would have had to support her and her daughters for the rest of their lives, or until the daughters married. Clearly, this would have devastated their lives.
Click here to read my original post on Netherfield Park.
Click here to read my original next post on Pemberley.
Click here to read my original post on the Bennet House.
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Friday, December 23, 2011
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Monday, December 19, 2011
Last week, I shared my pics of the holiday house tour I was part of. A local florist - East Sandwich Flower & Gift - had donated this beautiful floral arrangement. Luckily for me, the homeowner was going away for a week and so I was able to bring the arrangement home with me.
Here is the dining table centerpiece, using a sterling silver Revere bowl as the base. I reused the oasis from the original arrangement and put it in a plastic container in the bowl. I reused the white pine and flat leaves from the original arrangement, and added the new red tea roses and silvered pine as well.
As I said, I like to wring every last bit of life out of a floral arrangement. Many people feel that flowers will just die, so why give them. But it's so easy to re-create and refresh an arrangement with a few new flowers and bits and baubles.
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