My name is Cynthia and I love interior design, architecture, antiques, all things vintage, all things British (a tried and true Anglophile), a love of things that are time worn and hold secrets of days gone by. I love animals and try to respect their place in our world. I enjoying talking about the most beautiful places in the world, some exotic, some in our own neck of the woods. I love family and friends, music and movies. And most importantly, I love talking about these things with a daily dose of humor because I love to laugh and we all deserve to. So come on...let's go for a stroll.

AND PLEASE CLICK ON THE ENTRY AND LEAVE ME A COMMENT - I can't talk to you if I don't know you were here, dearest dahling...


Friday, November 26, 2010

A Passion for Maxfield Parrish

Contentment by Maxfield Parrish
I am certainly not alone in my love of Maxfield Parrish's work, nor do I claim to be an expert.  I still have so much to learn about this most amazing artist.  While I have collected a number of books on his works, and have some decent reproductions, vintage and antique versions of his work are still commanding good prices in today's market.  I remember, even as a little girl, being enchanted by his capture of light, thinking that Daybreak, his most famous painting, was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and that somewhere young women really were that beautiful and lived in such places.  What is it about Parrish's paintings that draw us into them, as if we are sitting beside the beautiful men, women and other characters depicted so fantastically?  For me, it is because his paintings are the ultimate in romantic fantasy...the colors, the landscapes and the way that his dreamy depictions make us believe that urns can easily balance on the side of cliffs, that women can wade through rapids in flowing dresses, or gaze out over canyons from atop the clouds, and that young men with long locks really do ride on rope swings in the sky.  His techniques are legendary in the art he would often photograph himself and his daughter, her friend, Kitty Owens, or his mistress Sue (his wife and he were estranged for years before her death and his mistress lived with him until his own death at 95 in the house he lived in for most or all of his life in New Hampshire).  He was a master of glazes and colors, so much so that the color "Parrish Blue" was named for him.  It is said that, at the height of his popularity, one in four American homes featured a Maxfield Parrish, whether it was an illustrated children's book, a print or one of the hugely popular advertising calendars that featured his work.  While I was in Florida last week, I missed out on a vintage Parrish print at auction, in the original frame, being outbid by a snowbird (that's what Southerners call the folks who come down from the North to the South every winter) seated in the back, who obviously had deeper pockets than me.  So for now, I will have to be happy with the books I have collected.  I hope you enjoy this post as much as I have enjoyed perusing these paintings all these years, while dreaming that I am one of those beautiful women, leaning against a wall outside a magnificent villa, next to an amazing waterfall, without a care in the world.

I encourage everyone to click on each image in order to appreciate the amazing detail and realism in these wonderful works.




Daybreak, Parrish's most famous and successful painting.  His daughter and
 her friend, Kitty, are depicted in the painting

Dinky Bird

Djer-Kiss - Advertising Print

Dream Castle in the Sky

Dream Garden


Early Autumn White Burch


Enchanted Prince

Fountain of Pirene

The Garden of Allah

Getting Away from It All


Hunt Farm

Lute Players

Maxfield Parrish

The Milkmaid


New Moon

The Waterfall, my personal favorite

Peaceful Night


Road to the Sky




Winter Twilight

The Glen

The Old Glen Mill

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving

As we all gather with family and friends, to reflect on how blessed we are, I thought it only appropriate that today's blog should feature a dreamy dining room, which is my idea of a perfect setting for wine, food and conversation.  I am not sure it's kid friendly, but I would be willing to set up a fun little spot for them and us grown ups gather here.  This beautiful little piece of heaven belongs to interior designer Lauren Ross.  She's great at putting together all the colors that I love...white, cream, beige, robins egg blue and gray.

Dining Room - Interior Designer Lauren Ross

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I will be back over the weekend.  Spending time with my daughter while she's here and working on getting some antiques sold during this holiday season.  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dress Forms That Are Not the Norm

The French Nest

I'm back and had the most incredible time at Renninger's Extravaganza in Mt. Dora Florida (177 acres of antique dealers - try to imagine it - I only saw about 1/4 of it and I was there for almost 3 days).   I had a most wonderful time with my friend Martha and cannot thank her enough for her love and friendship.  She is a joy and is incredibly supportive of me in this new life of mine.  Always willing to share her incredible knowledge of all things old, she gives me information and advice that I couldn't buy in a 100 books.  During my visit, we spent an entire day at The French Nest, the store where she and her partners, Shelley Nelson and Marsha Stokes, sell the most beautiful antiques and vintage items you will find in perhaps all of Florida.  One of the things I found so wonderful while visiting the store is that the ladies have named all of the vintage dress forms and mannequin heads in the store.  It made me want to find even more beautiful dress forms to gaze upon.  So my blog today is devoted to these lovelies that remind us of days when women really dressed...dressed to travel by plane or train, dressed to go into town to ride the street car from store to store, or even before that, dressed to ride in a buggy seat along dusty trails, holding on to their hats and looking extraordinary while doing it.  Take a look at these great dress forms.  Credit posted if known.
Victorian boy dress form

The French Nest

The French Nest- Marsha adds these beautiful angel wings

Calamity Kim

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