Saturday, May 21, 2011

Geraniums & A Subtle Palette

Jewelry Chest & Mask Sculpture By Robert Rae - 2011(c)
Finally a nice stream of warmer days have come our way - So I brought up our Geraniums from their dark resting place in the garage -Trimmed off many new green stems with leaves and actually a few buds - then put them in water to root - then into soil-filled rose pots to grow on a Sunny window sill. 
(Wow- this was so simple - and they loved it-! Soon I will pop them into my Long Planter Box and Large Pots on the Deck.  Let them grow a little more and then add some White Petunias - Lobelia -  or Pansies.)
I recently discovered a new Elegant - Luxurious book on Interiors that I really enjoyed-!  You will too - if you prefer all neutral colors in your environment. (Even for the Art and Floral Arrangements-!)
A Few Images from the Book follow:
Greenhouse/Studio - What a lovely place to meet
 for Lunch or to Plan Your Garden

The other end of Greenhouse/Studio -
Plenty of room for transplanting all those Perennials

Here in the Bath - Exquisite Antiques are used in a Fresh -
Inspiring way - As are seen throughout the book

I so admire the Settee - the way it's upholstered
and the subtle colors of the wall murals and all of the Decor.
The beautiful detailing in the Furnishings - Draperies -
and Bed Curtains are Extraordinary.
THE BOOK:  "At Home" By Suzanne Rheinstein
Rizzoli - N.Y.- 2010   It's Great - Check it Out-!

Monday, May 2, 2011

"Spring Dreamscape"

Acrylic on Canvas - 18" x16" By Mary Maki Rae - 2011(c)
A Tranquil - Dream-like bicycle ride through the Countryside - Bringing a Bouquet of Flowers from her Garden to a friend - I love these few and far between serene Spring days-!

Puts me in mind of the Interior Designer Madeleine Castaing - how she adored Nature and wanted to surround herself with Water - Sky - and Woodlands - So She set about introducing Color everywhere.
In her beloved "Chateau Leves" the ceilings were painted Blue - the floors were covered with Green Carpet - and the Walls were hung with fabric printed with Garlands of Ivy or Palm Fronds. (Her home became her "Work of Art" - her Poetry - her form of Painting and Writing.)

Nature is a constant presence at her "Chateau Leves" - The river - meadows - poplar trees - avenues - clipped boxhedges and statues festooned with Ivy.
For more about this facinating Interior Designer - See: "The World of Madeleine Castaing" - By Emily Evans Eerdmans - 2010