Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER


"When they entered the tomb they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died. - ”Mark 16: 5-7 NLT

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

BOOK REVIEWS ~ WALKER AND GILLETTE: AMERICAN ARCHITECTS. VICTORIAN GLORY IN SAN FRANCISCO AND THE BAY AREA

Walker & Gillette: American Architects
From Classicism Through Modernism 1900s-1950s
By Edith Crouch
Schiffer Publishing Ltd., $99.99
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


The work of Walker & Gillette, a leading architectural firm during the twentieth century, is documented in this beautiful book.  Many of the images are unpublished works by the company and by architect Joseph Mordecai Hirschman, whose love of old world buildings influenced their work. The periods covered in the book include Classicism, Art Deco, and Modernism. 

The firm was established  in the early twentieth century and would remain active until the 1950s. Over the years, they created residential country estates, urban mansions, town homes, and apartments. The commercial,  corporate, governmental architecture, Art Deco skyscrapers, and unique commissions are showcased in the book as are the interiors of private yachts, ocean liners, the Playland Amusement Park, and their 1939 New York World’s Fair offering.  

Architects, artists, historians, and readers who love vibrant American history will love the 320 pages of images and text in this beautiful book. Below are just a few of the images showcased in the book.  ENJOY!




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Victorian Glory in San Francisco and the Bay Area
By Paul Duchscherer and Douglas Keister
 Schiffer Publishing Ltd., $39.99
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


Growing up, my grandparents lived in a historical Victorian home, so this book was a welcomed addition to my library.  From local residents and visitors, to armchair travelers, all will enjoy this beautiful book with its insightful study of San Francisco and Bay Area history and a thorough survey of its Victorian-era house styles. 

Prominently featured are house museums to visit among the many fine examples of 19th-century homes from the City and its neighboring communities across the Bay. Chronologically arranged chapters represent the Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Stick/Eastlake, Queen Anne, and Shingle Victorian styles, as well as the Edwardian era (1901-1914), considered the postscript for the Victorian age. 

With 208 archival images, this publication by Duchscherer is beautifully illustrated throughout with spectacular color photography by Keister. Included is a section called “Before and After” that presents the architectural transformations made by dedicated homeowners, who have renovated Victorian houses, thus contributing to today’s vital historic-preservation movement. More inspiration can be found in the final chapter on “Victorian Revival Interiors,” a spectacular showcase of recent period-style interior-design projects. 

Below are just a few of the images included in this lovely and informative book.  ENJOY!



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

THURSDAY PINTEREST FINDS

I hope that you have a fun weekend planned. We will be celebrating Easter at our home! 

Oh how I love pinterest, especially when I find new and fun things! 
ENJOY! 












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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LINENS: FOR EVERY ROOM AND OCCASION ~ JANE SCOTT HODGES

LINENS: FOR EVERY ROOM AND OCCASION
By Jane Scott Hodges
 Rizzoli New York, $55.00
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


If you were trying to find me yesterday, I was locked in my room poring over the pages of Jane Scott Hodges' new book, Linens: For Every Room and Occasion.  There is no way I can do this book justice by using words, and while I will make an attempt, you will have to see for yourself. To call the book an exceptional masterpiece would be an understatement.  Jane has redefined the perfect monogram.

Overflowing with breathtaking images, information, and diagrams on linens for bedroom, bath, and table, this is your go-to-book for anything linen. There is a wealth of necessary information on monograms, linen etiquette, table settings, linen care, storage, and party planning.  

I am sharing just a very few of the images in the book, but there are 235 pages of perfection, friends, and I hope that you ENJOY! Thank you to Jane Scott Hodges, owner of Leontine Linens, for a book that we can pass on for generations.















LINENS: FOR EVERY ROOM AND OCCASION by Jane Scott Hodges | Define Linens: For Every Room and Occasion 
noun 1. masterpiece; keepsake. 2. adjective: flawless;  essential; priceless. The official guide on linens and monograms. 

To read more about the book and Jane Scott Hodges, visit here. To purchase LINENS FOR EVERY ROOM AND OCCASION, visit Leontine Linens here, or Amazon by clicking on the link below.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY

It is National Letter Writing Month, and as all of you know, pen and paper are close to my heart. I started the month with a post on the demise of cursive writing.  If you missed the post, you can find it here. Today I would like to focus on calligraphy.  Next Monday, I will be sharing my favorite stationery and accessories.


Who doesn't love to receive a beautiful letter or invitation written and addressed in calligraphy?  This age old art takes things to a new level and lets the recipient know just how special they are to you.

I have dabbled in calligraphy before, but I am now learning copperplate, and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I have a work space set up, and I work on the strokes and letters as often as possible.  

If you are interested in calligraphy, I would suggest finding an instructor nearby or studying online.  There are many online lessons, especially on youtube.  Most helpful for me on everything calligraphy is IAMPETH.  Not only will you find videos and instructions on everything copperplate, including the supplies you will need to get started, the guidelines, and supply sources, but you will also find lessons on other forms of writing. You will need to study the videos as much as you practice writing.  This way, you will not create bad habits early on.

ENJOY the images of the beautiful calligraphy below and get started today!











Calligraphy Brushes

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