May. 30


ART SCHOOL: From Edgar Degas to Teil Duncan

by Lynn Byrne

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."  Edgar Degas Five things to know about Edgar Degas: 1. Degas loved the Louvre.  His parents took him there when he was small  for Sunday outings  where he would study the paintings while Read more [...]

May. 29


Romantic Naturalism in a Midnight Garden

by Lynn Byrne

"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her."  William Wordsworth Dreamy, seductive, mysterious, opulent, fantastical.  Suddenly, down you drop through Alice's rabbit hole to a magical world, where nature's beauty is enhanced beyond your wildest Read more [...]

May. 28


DESIGN DICTIONARY: Patera, or in plural, Paterae

by Lynn Byrne

PATERA (PLURAL, PATERAE):  In architecture and decorative arts, a circular or oval ornament resembling a dish, often decorated with leaves and petals.  Commonly seen in a frieze in architecture or on a corner block in furniture.  It can be  carved, Read more [...]

May. 27


Remembrance and Reverie

by Lynn Byrne

"The average American is nothing if not patriotic." Herbert Croly First, let's remember what this day is supposed to be all about.  Deepest gratitude to all who have served our country. Good thing it is not meant to be about summer, because Read more [...]

May. 24



by Lynn Byrne

  I hinted at some big news earlier this week, and, wait for it.... here it is:  I am thrilled to the bone to be one of 14 bloggers chosen to contribute to an online issue of Traditional Home magazine, entitled Great Kitchens.  I submitted Read more [...]
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