30 November 2011

{The Perfect Georgian House; York´s Fairfax House}

Said by many to be the finest Georgian town house in England. Built in 1762, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr.

{The XVIII century red bricks´s building located in York county, England}

    Extensively adapted in the twentieth century as a cinema and dance hall, Fairfax House was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84. 

  The house contains the superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie's as one of the finest private collections of the twentieth century.

The next pictures belong show Ann´s bedroom:

{Charles Gregory, 9th Viscount of Fairfax of Emley (Peerage extinct on his death); c. 1730 artist unknowed}

{Lady Mary Fairfax (Second wife of 9th Viscount); by Philippe Mercier (1689-1760)}

*Note: The peerage of Fairfax was claimed in 1908 by Albert Kirby Fairfax. The current owner of the peer is John Albert Fairfax (b. 1964).

-Location of the house:
Castlegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9RN England, UK.
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Do you want to know more?
Official Fairfax House Tourism Site
Earl of Fairfax´s Genealogy
John Carr (House´s architecture)´s info
York´s Civic Trust Video (A guide talk about the house)
And... If you are in York till december you can check it:
Revolutionary Fashion 1790-1820 at Fairfax House: 26 August to 31 December 2011

24 November 2011

{Some Clippings}

Life is simple. Being is simple. The universe is simple. Complexity arises in ignorance and self-delusion. The "Original Simplicity" of Lao-tze is a term expressive of the universe as it is, and not as it appears. Looking through the woven network of his own illusions, man sees interminable complication and unfathomable mystery, and so loses himself in the labyrinths of his own making. Let a man put away egotism, and he will see the universe in all the beauty of its pristine simplicity. Let him annihilate the delusion of the personal "I," and he will destroy all the illusions which spring from that "I." He will thus "re-become a little child," and will "revert to Original Simplicity."

           But sometimes, well... (many days I tried to say), the flowers printed fabrics, chinosserie, pottery and cushions enlarge of concept of Beauty.

22 November 2011

15 November 2011

{Battersea´s Babies}

Beautiful Baby Contest, taken from the British Pathe reel "Baby Show" (1956). Filmed at Battersea Festival Gardens, London.

         Some of the babies are crying. The criteria for the competition isn't just looks but also healthy teeth and other factors as according to the judges who are all retired matrons.

12 November 2011

{Happy B-Day Grace!}

“I would like to be remembered as someone who accomplished useful deeds, and who was a kind and loving person. I would like to leave the memory of a human being with a correct attitude and who did her best to help others”  - (Princess Grace)

A day like today in 1929 last Princess Grace of Monaco borned in Philadelphia, USA. Now she would turns 82.

Grace was a shy girl, daughter of John "Jack" B. Kelly and Margaret Majer, and sister of Margaret Katherine "Peggy", John B. Kelly Jr "Kell" and Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie". During her childhood she dídn´t like sports like her relatives, but she showed an extraordinary talent for theatre and fashion drawings. In 1947 she moved to New York for studying dramatic art at NY school of Dramatic Art.

{From Up to Down: Grace with her younger sister Lizzie, teenager Grace at her shore house in Ocean City (NJ), photo of her at her school in Philly, Grace and Lizzie in England, Grace and her friends and Grace in 1948}

She become a great star in just only four year. In her first film for Hitchcock everybody got in love with her. She usually appeared in magazine´s covers and she was selected as winner in the Academy Awards of 1955.

{From Up to Down: Grace poses in Jamaica and captures by the Howell Connant´s camera, Grace for ELLE magazine, and Grace in Los Angeles in 1956}

{Grace poses with her Oscar in 1955}

1955...That was absolutly her year because she was the special guest at Cannes Film Festival, where she met Prince Rainier III of- the little and unknowed (by that time)country in the south of France -called Monaco. They got married a year afther, in April 19th 1956.

{Princess Grace and Rainier before their wedding, in her apartment in 5th ave NY}

{Grace in the Civil Wedding Day}


what a high quality


The very definition of ethereal. Utterly breathtaking she was.
{Religious Ceremony pictures}

Grace was concius of her new role as Princess since the beginning and she was admired and loved by the people too.


 In 1957 borned her first daughter, Caroline. In 1958 Albert II borned. Her last girl was Stephanie, who came to the world in 1965.

Grace Kelly and her family. 1963.
Princess Grace and her family arrives to Philly airport

Prince Rainier III of Monaco and his wife, Princess Grace in New York. November 26, 1958 (Bettmann/Corbis)

{Family pictures from 1960 to 1969}

She couldn´t follow her career as actress but anyway she could do something creative: poetry and flowers art.
“Princess Grace of Monaco exhibits a selection of her dried flower collages at the Galerie Drouant in Paris. June 08, 1977 (© Richard Melloul)”
{Princess Grace with her floral works in a special expo in Paris, c. 1978}

{Princess Grace at Princess Grace Theatre´sBallet Openning in Monaco}
I adore her eyes…
{Pictures of Grace in the early 70s}

Tragically Princess Grace died in a car accident when she returned to Monaco from Roc Angel, their summer residence. She died in 1982. Today she would be 82.

{Portraits of Princess Grace in 1982}

{Sometimes an extraordinary woman borned -since Joan of Arc to Catherine "the Great"- and Grace was one of them. That is why people never forget her}.

Happy Birthday dear Princess, wherever you are now...