31 October 2011

{Interview with Grace Kelly as She Leaves for Wedding}


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The video taked place in New York Harbor, in early April 1956. Weeks before the wedding in Monaco. She was stunning in every moments of her life, but what a elegance outfit: the white hat and the short globes. Miss Kelly buyed all the appearel in Phoenix (TX), Los Angeles (CA) and in New York city. Some of her dresses were used in Hollywood and others were designed by her closed friend Helen Rose (who also designed her wedding gown) and Edith Head.

To Iwishiwasaninconclast, Hollyjacks, Mynervescannotstandadrink, DosesofGrace all of you makes my day so happy, THANK YOU LADIES.

{Everything in its place}


29 October 2011

{The Secret Garden}


{Bad Days, Neccesary Reflexion}

Today was a strange day. Because while I've been immersed in my inner sadness, and I have also been victim of the frailties of the idealistic human, sometimes, I have been aware of the Truth, millimeter part, very small.

        We expect a lot fromothers, and they usually suck the blood ourselves. We put our expectations in others, we envision our satisfaction at the approval of friends, or family, or partner. But it is a mistake it is fatal.

        Happiness, to the extent of ecstasy, gratitude to God, our nature is nearest to the pleasures that it gives selflessly. There is no question of receiving love, to find or not find it. The key is located in the method, on the way to go. Give love, give love day and night, to give love in summer or winter, to give love to a friend or your boyfriend, give love. Giving love. When you are giving, we see that even being selfish, we recover the investment in ourselves, not others.


Interior with Young Woman from Behind (1904)

"For having lived in Westminster - how many years now? over twenty, - one feels even in the midst of the traffic, or waking at night, Clarissa was positive, a particular hush, or solemnity; an indescribable pause; a suspense (but that might be her heart, affected, that said, by influenza) before Big Ben strikes. There! Out it boomed. First a warning, musical; the the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air. Such fools we are, she thought, crossing Victoria Street. For Heaven only knows why one lives it so, how one sees it so, making it up, building it round one, tumbling it, creating it every moment afresh; but the veriest frumps, the most dejected of miseries sitting on doorsteps (drink their downfall) do the same; can't be dealt with, she felt positive, by Acts of Parliament for that very reason: they love life. In people's eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June."

"Mrs Dalloway" by Virginia Wolf.

25 October 2011

{They Called it "Love"}

{Rainier and Grace of Monaco enjoy of some days in Ocean City, NJ 1956}
{The marriage in Roc Angel, Switzerland, 1966}

"My darling,

This is to tell you in a very mild way how terribly much I love you, miss you, need you and want you near me always. Safe trip my love. Rest, relax and think of me burning myself out with this terrible longing of you, for you. I love you so."

— Prince Rainier III to Grace Kelly, April 1956

{Monte Carlo, Monaco. 1969}

{Paola of Belgium; An Album of Happiness by Henry Clarke}

I see some of last Princess Grace on her. The pictures were taked by the fashion photographer Henry Clarke to Paola Ruffo di Calabria, wife of Prince Albert of Belgium, Princess of Liege and current Queen of Belgium and her children in 1965

{Early Autumn Reflexion...}

24 October 2011

{Creating a Bedroom}

Where to find it:
The bed, the wallpaper is avaiable in Antropology.
The lamp is from Robert Abbey.
The bedding from Restaoration Hardware.
The rug is from Madeleine Weinrib.

23 October 2011

{A Practical Kitchen Design With Period Appeal}

remodeled kitchen in this spanish colonial revival house
Bad enough were the worn cabinets and awkward layout, but the room also lacked the kind of details found throughout their home, which has arched doorways, wrought-iron work, and an art-tile fireplace surround. Alicia, an avid cook, craved a top-notch range, and with the family having grown to include three children, they needed more food storage. Kitchen designer Dana Jones's solution delivered both without adding on. By incorporating a butler's pantry—just one cabinet and a swinging door between the kitchen and the dining room—she gave the room an extra 50 square feet, allowing for more counter space, a snack peninsula, two sinks, an alcove for the pro-style range, and a double refrigerator-freezer.
stove alcove with decorative tile backsplash
he stove alcove, set off with a cascading arch and hand-painted tile mural, highlights the showpiece range.
farmhouse sink in this remodeled spanish style kitchen
The farmhouse sink is a period-appropriate choice, and its deep basin conceals dirty dishes. The arched casement windows' soapstone sill is both handsome and practical.
floorplan of this spanish colonial style kitchen before remodel
The freestanding stove and refrigerator had no adjacent counter space; a butler's pantry added two extra doorways. 
floorplan of this spanish colonial style kitchen after remodel
The kitchen now opens up to the dining room via a wide arch; it has a long counter and small breakfast bar. The range alcove lines up with the fridge for a clean look.

1. Annexed the butler's pantry that led to the dining room, removing one wall and creating a wide archway in the other. This made space for an extended counter and breakfast bar on one side and a 60-inch fridge on the other.

2. Replaced the windows with identical sets of triple-arched casement models that echo arches throughout the house.

3. Added more arches. The doorway to the adjacent hall got a simple Roman curve; the alcove for the range got a cascading arch.

4. Built in a hutch with a serving counter along the entry to the breakfast room.

Images: This Old House.
A personal idea:
This fabric is very beautiful, from Soane Britain, do you like it?

{I Like the Smell of Rain}

Today, sunday, now winter cold and rain have arrived. And I can´t be happier, it's time to get winter clothing, sleeping with socks, and enjoy with the smell of wet grass.

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 Yes, I am a girl from the cold weather, I renewed myself in the rain. Rain purifies and calms the passions, and it attenuates the feeling.

“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.” Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

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