May. 18


(Greek) Key to Success

by Lynn Byrne

In the collection of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Garden

Anyone who has been around me since April 26 knows that I have been obsessively touting the cause of Beauty in the Bronx, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens (BPMM).

BPMM is currently engaged in an American Idol-like voting contest for preservation funds along with 39 other worthy sites in New York City. American Express in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation selected the sites late last year. Volunteers for BPMM (including me) have been working hard since last January to develop our plan for winning votes. We are up against some stiff competition from much larger organizations such as the New York Botanical Garden, the Intrepid and the Guggenheim! The top four sites with the most votes are guaranteed their grant money.

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May. 14


NEW AND NOW: Purple and Orange Color Palette

by Lynn Byrne

bartow pell bed foot

Luscious! With tangerine tango being Pantone’s color of the year, and House Beautiful naming purple as their top color, it is no surprise that the two are being combined—with stunning results. 

Don't miss the orange in the pillow.

Moroccan inspired fabric for my High Point sponsor, Hooker Furniture's Sam Moore line

But is it really a new color combination?

Nope! The stunning passementerie above came from the gorgeous c.1820 Lannuier bed in the collection of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens. The bedding is believed to be an exact reproduction of the original–proving that orange and purple have long been hot!

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May. 06


INTERNET EXPLORER: Favorite Finds Online This Week

by Lynn Byrne


Doesn’t the photo above make you feel like summer?  I love its patriotic vibe as we approach Memorial Day.

It was shot by Lisa Fegley-Petti and it just happens to be the window of her store for vintage finds, Reposed NY, in the East Village (she also has booths at Hiden Gallery and Antiques and Artisans in Stamford, CT).  Lisa is an accomplished photographer and she often posts her original photos on her blog found  here.

And summer is the perfect time to make these luscious ice cream sandwiches.  Yum!  Recipe from the Smitten Kitchen here.

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May. 01


BEAUTY IN THE BRONX: The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens

by Lynn Byrne


Let me introduce you to a jewel that is tucked away in the northeast corner of the Bronx’s Pelham Bay Park.  Historical homes and gardens are always rich sources of design inspiration and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens is no exception.

Formal double parlors at Bartow-Pell

It is a rare example of 19th century country elegance.  Of more than a dozen architecturally significant homes built on the Long Island Sound, Bartow-Pell is the only one to survive.

Pretty light fixture and ceiling medallion in the stair hall at Bartow-Pell

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Feb. 17


NOW AND THEN: Country Life at Candace Wheeler’s Onteora Club

by Lynn Byrne

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Porch at Candace Wheeler's Home, Pennyroyal

When most people hear of a club in the Catskills, the so-called Borscht Belt immortalized in the film Dirty Dancing comes to mind.  But back in 1887, interior designer Candace Wheeler (subject of yesterday’s post) established an artists’ colony she named Onteora, which seems more akin to Charleston, the country base for the Bloomsbury Group.

Early visitors to Onteora, in addition to Candace Wheeler and her family,  included Mark Twain, the conservationist John Burroughs,  painters  George Bellows and Caroll Beckwith and the writers of  Elizabeth Custer (General Custer’s widow) and Mary Mapes Dodge.

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