This month is chocked full of online magazine launches, specifically Matchbox Mag. that hit the blog scene last week and High Gloss Mag., that's to be released tomorrow. It also wasn't long ago that we were swept off our feet by the new Lonny and Rue Magazines. These are exciting times in the design world as artists aren't limiting their creativity to solely print exposure.
Rue Magazine actually just released their third issue and is having a launch party tonight in collaboration with the New Traditionalists. Any New Yorkers attending? They featured some striking photos in the current issue- lots of dark walls and black-framed vintage prints.
For those with an interest in the Decorative Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers an extensive collections database that serves as a superb resource. If you are trying to identify a style of furniture or hoping to acquire more information about one of your antiques, The Met's site can also be of use. I simply love to look at the site for inspiration and am learning so much about collectibles from perusing its various pages. Here are some of my favorite pieces as of late:
: Exterior Door from Dr. Stephen Thorn House, New Hackensack, New York
: Northeast, New Hackensack, New York, America
: Sweet gum, oak
: Gift of Mrs. Joseph Tuckerman Tower, 1934
: 34.79a, b
: Dressing table
: Northeast, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, America
: Black walnut, yellow pine, white cedar, sweet gum
: Bequest of Augusta W. Demuth, 1943
: Northeast, New York City, New York, America; Northeast, Albany, New York, America
John Finlay (active ca. 1799–1833)
Hugh Finlay (active ca. 1800–37)
: Side Chair
: South, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
: Maple, painted and gilded, cane
: Purchase, Mrs. Paul Moore Gift, 1965
Yesterday's unusual forcast for "thundersnow" ended up turning DC into a chaotic mess of abandoned cars and angry metro commuters. I'm pretty sure driving my car last night can be considered a form of extreme sports. I hope everyone made it home OK- I've already heard some dreadful commuting stories from some of you! Despite the craziness, I was quite pleased to have an evening at home and on my way to work today, I came across this sculptural masterpiece:
Granduous, charming and meticulously-restored are all adjectives that describe this stunning home!
20 West Jones Street has maintained the historic details of the late 1800's when it was built, but has been updated to modern standards. Located in the historic district of Savannah, it has 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and is on the market for $2.75 million. The master bath design is one of the most unique I've seen, and the landscaping is perfect enough to rival any English garden. I love the charming fireplaces, quaint sitting areas, and original built-ins. Not to mention, I can't get over the size of that pool and the wrap-around side porches! Mint-julep anyone?
Too bad I don't live in England. I just discovered some of the most beautifully-crafted cabinetry I have seen in my life! Plain English is a traditional joinery company that uses the techniques of 18th and 19th century cabinetmakers. Simply stunning.