December 16, 2017

Monthly Archives: May 2015

A few good reads…

The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Over the Christmas holidays, which doesn’t seem so long ago, I was sipping wine and chatting with Sonya Dawson of San Antonio about books we read in 2014. I was hesitant to prattle off the list of what I had read over the year because of my unusual tastes in literature. I have never considered myself an avid reader, but I always seem to have at least one novel simmering on my bedside table at any given time. I like the classics. I also enjoy stories about art and artists, historical fiction, stories about vampires, books about Louisiana, stories about …continue reading

The true meaning of Memorial Day – Discounts?

Arlington National Cemetery by Andrew Bossi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Formerly known as Decoration Day (the day to decorate the graves of the fallen), the federal holiday of Memorial Day was created in commemoration of those who died while serving in the United States military. Observed yearly on the last Monday of May, this year it falls on May 25th. But over the past 150 years Memorial Day has morphed into alternative connotations. Many Americans have come to accept that the new true meaning of Memorial Day is Discounts! For the past several years I have been a designer for a major American furniture brand. And while my skills are better suited …continue reading

The art of the Trumeau Mirror

Louis XVI style Trumeau Mirror, French c. 1850, 45 x 64”, $6,388, from Carl Moore Antiques.

You’ve probably seen one in the movies, in a museum, or in someone’s home but didn’t know the proper term. During the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, large mirrors mounted within the paneling over a mantel or between windows would often have a painting incorporated above. This is what is referred to as a Trumeau Mirror. Trumeau is an architectural term designating space between vertical elements in an interior such as space between doors, windows, or pilasters. And in the century prior to the French Revolution it was much in vogue to fill the space with mirror in …continue reading