Friday, May 21, 2010

Blue & White Decor #3

This Image from Carolyne Roehm's latest book seems to me the very essence of Spring. Her approach to the "Blue & White" classic color combination is exquisite - probably definitive-!
I have three or four different books on this "Blue & White" decorating theme - and this one really makes it All Fresh once again-!
Every page is an Absolute Delight-!
Following are just a few more of the beautiful Images contained in this book:
THE BOOK: "A Passion for Blue and White" - By Carolyne Roehm - Broadway Books N.Y. - 2008 - It's Great-! Buy it-!
 "My French Muse in Tri-Cornered Hat" - 18"x18" Acrylic By Mary Maki Rae-2010
An Image of the Blue & White Striped Curtain Treatment of a Pair of Windows in Min Hogg's (founder of "The World of Interiors" Magazine) sitting room.
The Curtains were made of Awning Cotton from Turkey - where it was once to be seen above most shops.
The Windows became the most striking feature in the room - although it's filled to the brim with lovely things - "none expensive" - she says - the Art being in the Presentation-!
 The Curtains are not sewn - but draped over a rod and clipped. Then the center loop is brought up & clipped with a Tassle. (See drawing above)  Remember that you will need a woven striped fabric because the reverse side also shows.
IMAGES: "The World of Interiors" Magazine - April-1995

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Gold Velvet . . . if You Please. And The 3-Panel Screen

Artwork By Mary Maki Rae - 2010 (c)
In between the stages of work on the Two French Style Baker Chairs which included: (divided between Robert and Myself) Installing the Inside Structure - Sewing of the Cushions - & the Nailing of 1,300 Decorative Brass Nail Heads -
I've been Painting a small-scale version (30"x36") Idea for a Full-Sized 3-Panel Wooden Screen of A Classic French Couple out on a "Nature Walk" such as would Lord Byron or Keats with Fanny Brawne ("Bright Star").

On the Full Sized Screen - one could Imagine so many lovely additions of Flora and Fauna-!
The Chairs Reupholstered in a Beautiful Gold Velvet - Awaiting the addition of Velvet-Covered Button Detailing

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Costumes By Leon Bakst

Fuchsia Silk Tunic & Underskirt - designed by Bakst for one of the women in the court of the Ballet "Thamar"

A Cossack Coat - designed by Bakst for the Ballet "Thamar" - It's cape is decorated with silver braid and designed to drape over the arms & swirl around the dancer as he moved
I'm so inspired by these costumes designed for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes - 1909-1929 - an astonishing array of "Wearable Art" made to be danced in -  collected by Thamar d' Imeretie.  Many will appear in a should be fascinating exhibition at the V&A in London through September.
See Thamar's story in this month's "World of Interiors" May - 2010.
Many more costumes are shown - beautifully decorated with Beadwork, Silver Braid - Ribbons - and Embroidery.

Bakst's costumes for "Scheherazade" had an enormous impact on French Fashion and inspired many designers - such as Paul Poiret to adopt a new Oriental style that reflected the flowing - suggestive lines of these costumes.