Nov. 12


Painterly Palette

by Lynn Byrne

Mary Cassatt lived in an era where women's lives were home-based, with simple daily activities like taking tea, caring for their children, reading and sewing.  She chose to abandon that lifestyle, against her family's wishes,  and become a painter. Read more [...]

Nov. 10


DESIGNER SECRETS: How Alessandra Branca Does It

by Lynn Byrne

Alessandra Branca's apartment in this year's Hearst Designer Visions Showhouse held at the architecturally significant Walker Tower was spectacular.  How did Alessandra pull off such a triumph. What's goes through her head when she designs? I Read more [...]

Nov. 08



by Lynn Byrne

Who is Edgar Brandt and why you should know him and his work Edgar Brandt (1880-1960) is considered the foremost French Art Deco metal worker.  He combined traditional blacksmith and forging methods with the new machine age technologies Read more [...]

Nov. 07



by Lynn Byrne

 “If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.” “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates  BLACKAMOOR (RHYMES WITH AMATEUR  AND CONNOISSEUR):  A dark skinned figure, typically African,  used in Read more [...]

Nov. 05


Architecture, Sculpture and a Faucet

by Lynn Byrne

  I always have thought of great architecture as giant sculpture.  So it makes sense to me that the objects placed inside are artful too. We have all seen the commercial where a couple presents a faucet to a fancy architect and demands Read more [...]
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