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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stately and Empty

In an article in today's New York Times, enititled, "Stately Home Awaits the Return of a Political Son," newly elected NY governor Andrew Cuomo states that he plans to live at New York State's Governors' Mansion in Albany. Cuomo will be the first NY Governor to spend a considerable time at the estate since his father, Mario Cuomo was governor in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, such is the fate of many of the elaborate Governors' Mansions throughout the United States. What with technological innovation, many Governors don't need to be in the state capital all the time, and can conduct business elsewhere. Below are a sampling of Governors' Mansions from states with newly elected Governors. I wonder who will be occupying these hallowed halls? 



New Mexico 

South Carolina



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Seeing Red

I thought it only fitting that after last night/yesterday's election results I show you a few of my favorite red accented rooms.

Of course we all know Brooke Astor's Albert Hadley designed red lacquer library in her Park Avenue apartment ... and we all know how I love a good lacquer job. 

 And Diana Vreeland in the famous pose from her apartment. 

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Chinoiserie Chic!--I love this red lacquered bamboo chair, with the red desk accessories. 

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 The red accents are a nice addition to this otherwise white kitchen.

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Again, red desk accessories add a bright touch to this white office. I am very jealous of this person's organizational abilities! 

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And I just love these headboards. And this picture might be the most representative of the current political climate--strong hits of red, on a light blue background. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Divine Intervention

I don't think that I can go on and on enough about Marie Claire Maison! You all know how much I adore this French decor magazine ... and this feature below is no exception!--Just wish I could read some French ... What I gathered from my limited French is that this church below is in Cape Town, South Africa and was renovated by an Italian couple. 

It is very exciting that I came across this church, as my historic preservation studio project this fall involves coming up with a reuse of an historic chapel building here in Philadelphia. Churches can often be hard buildings to reuse, as their massing is very specific to their original use, and there are those who are superstitious enough to believe that sleeping in a church might be sacreligious. Not when the church is as fab as this one! 

All you lacquered lifers know how much I love the simplicity of an all white interior. Especially in a location such as Cape Town. In this space, the white interior allows you to appreciate the wonderful patina of the floors. 

Look at the rustic chic kitchen cabinets. The way that they extend all the way to the floor, instead of having a base, is very unusual--I love it. Makes it seem as though the cabinets really are part of the architecture, instead of an installed piece of furniture. 

How cool is that screen that divides the kitchen space from the eating space? What this does is allow for the delineation of spaces without disrupting the experience of the architecture of the building. Oh how I adore these beams! 

How would you like to sleep up in the rafters of this reused church? I am sure the view of the space and the experience of the architecture are absolutely divine. 

photos courtesy of Marie Claire Maison

Monday, November 1, 2010

Surf's Up!

Hey all! Sorry for the delay in posting these last few weeks, I had midterms last week and my first presentation of my thesis proposal (yikes!) No worries, all is well--missing all of you though! 

This new "Hamptons" home listing was just brought to my attention this morning. Its located in the Amagansett Dunes, and for those of you who aren't familiar with things "Out East," the Amagansett Dunes are located in the town of East Hampton, in between the village of Amagansett and Napeague Harbor. Although it is officially fall here in Philadelphia, these photos get me thinking a little bit about summer. 

Brady Bunch meets danish meets mid-century modern meets surfer chic. Love it. What a happy little house. And it can be yours for just over $1 mil! Obviously I don't have that kind of money, but I do think its a steal at that price. I wonder if they would throw in some of the furniture ... 

A girl can dream though, can't she? Until tomorrow Lacquered Lifers ... 
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