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.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

And When You Dream of France....

It's 1:30 am, there is snow on the ground once again here in Sharpsburg, Georgia, my dogs are snoring and I'm wide awake as usual.  So I decided to check out one of the gazillion blogs that I follow on a regular basis. One of my favorites is Maison Douce. written by the lovely Isabel Feist Lang. Maison Douce so often has the most wonderful posts and so it is, with great pleasure, that I am featuring her most recent post.  Isabel shares my love of French style, as evidenced by these warm, cluttered (yes cluttered -- even with today's trends, cluttered still goes along way with me) rooms.  I so admire the "happened over time" look of these spaces, along with the sort of beauty that only patina and age can create.  I think these spaces have my name written all over it.  I would gladly give up my two rotten Yorkshire Terriers for this place (kidding...sort of).


Love these muted colors
Lots of greys which isn't surprising - hottest color going

Another space with the "unplanned" look

Rustic...chippy...and white - love it all

Gives me ideas of what to do with all of these urns I have

No nouveau riche granite, builders grade tile and backsplash here - love this 

A wonnderful argument for no rug or carpeting on the stairs

Artwork that doesn't coordinate - a mirror haplessly hung on the wall, the beautiful color of green...ahh

This sofa - my heart just skipped abeat - the place is perfect

Thank you Isabel.  Readers, if you are looking for a wonderful blog about antiques, old homes, flea market and thrift store treasures and the like, please visit Isabel's blog.  You will be glad that you did!

All photos courtesy of Isabel Feist Lang

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Eyes Have It - Taylor and Clift

Since I was a wee girl, I can remember my mother telling me, "there will never be another woman more beautiful than Elizabeth Taylor."  To this day, I think she's right.  If you have ever seen "A Place in the Sun," then you know what I'm talking about.  In this film, she was paired with a man who was also described as beautiful, Montgomery Clift.  Never in the history of film has there been a more hypnotic couple than Taylor and Clift.  George Stevens directed this glorious melodrama about a boy with a not so bright future who falls head over heels in love with a girl who has it all.  "A Place in the Sun" is known for its cinematography and the way that the camera zooms in on the faces of Taylor and Clift with a soft, almost out of focus qualtiy that frames their faces as they stare at one another, as if they are going to die from passion right before our eyes.  I don't think I've ever seen a film that makes two people look any more in love.  As the story unfolds, you can sense that it will all end tragically.

The two stars also saw their share of heartache off the screen.  We all know about Taylor's marriages, her lost loves and her illnesses.  We also have been witness to her passion for life (and jewelry) and her love for Montgomery Clift, even though it was platonic.  It is said that Clift, although gay, often remarked that Taylor was the only woman he ever loved...whether that was romantic or not, his love for her shows on his face in every scene in the film.  You can't "act" that look in his eyes, nor hers.  When she tells him "Tell Mama...Tell Mama All"...well, enough said.

It was later that, while leaving Taylor's Los Angeles home, on a weaving road in Beverly Hills, Clift lost control of his car and suffered terrible injuries, disfiguring his beautiful face.  Taylor rushed to his aid and even went so far as to shove her hand down his throat to remove two teeth that he was choking on.  He was permanently disfigured, as you can see so sadly in their other film together, "Raintree County."  Moviegoers rushed to the cinema to see the film, as if it were a train wreck, as it clearly showed which scenes were filmed before and after the accident.  He lost his signature good looks and, for the most part, his mind, suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and depression for the rest of his days. It is said that Taylor stayed by his side through it all.  Maybe they were just friends...maybe they were more.  Whatever they were, they were never more stunning than in "A Place in the Sun."  If you have never seen it, I encourage you to do so.  It's a wonderful film...a true classic.  The connection between Taylor and Clift makes it unforgettable.

A Place in the Sun - click on link for a clip of the film.

The billards room scene, where the two first meet

Star crossed lovers extraordinaire

Stills of the extreme close ups for which the film became famous

Tell Mama - Tell Mama All

What to do - what to do

Publicity still from the film

The eyes - not just hers

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Rub a Dub Dub - Dream Baths

Bathrooms continue to be a huge factor in house hunting these days.  I personally think that some of the bathrooms in the mega-mansions being built today are ridiculous.  But then, I think just about all of the mega-mansions are ridiculous. I would much rather have an older house with character than these big boxes full of granite, tile, dark wood and no personality.  I must admit that, even though I love my master bath, it is a bit on the small side.  If it weren't for all of the lovely plaster work and murals that have been done over the years, it could definitely pass for one of the bathrooms in a box that you see so often these days.  I should have taken pictures to post here, but that can be for another post someday.  But wouldn't a warm bath be wonderful on a cold day like today? I might just have to take one.  In the meantime, here's some baths that I find very inspiring...for bubbles and for just looking so lovely all by themselves.  I have had many of these photos saved to my laptop for quite some time so I don't have photo or design credits but if you recognize any of these interiors, please let me know and I will add the information.  Enjoy

What's not to love in this bath? Aqua and white claw foot tub, lots of white and beautiful views

Gray and white - lovely

Wayyy beyond anything I could ever imagine - so amazing

I love the dark plank flooring paired with all of the white in this bath

A fireplace in the bath - ahhh

So feminine and a fat upholstered chair... love the beaded board around the tub

I like everything about this bath - the door with the big hardware, casement window, panelling

Parisian Bath by Christopher Noto

Not much privacy but who cares?

A big bath tub and nature all rolled into one

Venetian glass chest, love the curved walls - so old Hollywood

And last but not least, the ducks...I love this picture and had to include it.

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