May. 02

 

ART SCHOOL: From Lucian Freud to Pamela Copeman

by Lynn Byrne

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“Woman in a White Shirt” (1957), Oil on Canvas, Lucian Freud

“I paint people not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.”

 Lucian Freud

The idea behind my new column, Art School, is to give people more confidence when purchasing art.  It’s true that you really can’t go wrong, if you buy what you love.  Still, studying famous artists and works of art from the past does help you recognize emerging talent.  With Art School, I will feature 5 things to know about an artist or work of art in art history and suggest a contemporary artist whose work is complimentary.  I will do my best to choose contemporary artists whose works are also affordable.  So without further ado…

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May. 01

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Escutcheon

by Lynn Byrne

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Flower-like escutcheon on faucet

“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”

Escutcheon: A decorative metal back plate or flange that surrounds a keyhole, door handle, light switch, etc.  It also refers to a similar metal plate that fits over a keyhole and pivots on a pin to expose or hide the hole.  Escutcheon also is the term for the shield in a coat of arms, which sometimes is used as a decorative device on furniture.

Escutcheon with stepping detail for a very pretty doorknob

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Apr. 30

 

Great Gatsby Style at the Designer Showhouse of Westchester

by Lynn Byrne

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“Her voice is full of money….that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it.”

F. Scott Fitzegerald, The Great Gatsby

Dying to see The Great Gatsby?  Can a house be like Daisy?

Look at these images of the Designer Showhouse of  Westchester and see if you agree that it makes you feel like you could host Daisy and Jay there for drinks.

Yesterday I was fortunate to receive a private press preview of the the Designer Showhouse of Westchester and I left ready to shop vintage couture. The Showhouse, which benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, is held in a gorgeous pile in the estate section of Scarsdale, just around the corner from where Beyonce has a place.  It is the sort of home that comes with  custom de Gournay wallpaper lining the foyer and stairhall, and gorgeous windows and moldings throughout.

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Apr. 29

 

TWEET MEET: Inspirational Interiors by Andrew Suvalsky

by Lynn Byrne

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We all know that I struggle with social media at times, but occasionally it performs just as it should for me. I discover new designers, products and art via my social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  (I can’t seem to make room for Linked In, so please don’t be offended if we don’t connect there).

In this instance, designer Andrew Suvalsky tweeted a nice compliment to me about my blog, which quickly led me to check out his website.

I loved it.  Andrew’s work is  fresh, diverse and sophisticated.  Art features prominently in many of his rooms.  Andrew also has a masterful use of color.  I quickly tweeted back asking if I could feature his work here.  Happily he said yes!

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Apr. 17

 

FLOWER AND POWER

by Lynn Byrne

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“A drop of ink may make a million think.” 
― George Gordon Byron

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