Jan. 11

 

Still Life

by Lynn Byrne

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By Lynn Byrne.  You never know who you are going to meet in life, if you just be still and listen.

Monday evening, Larry and I had the great fortune to attend a dinner at the residence of New York’s soon-to-be Cardinal, Archbishop Dolan.  The Archbishop is just as jolly and warm as he appears on television.  A real teddy bear.

I expected to meet others who also support the many charitable works of the Archdiocese.  What I didn’t expect to meet was an up and coming new artist.  The Archbishop included a young couple who are old friends of his that were visiting from Ireland.  We happened to sit nearby the couple.  Chatting ensued and we exchanged cards.  When I got home I glanced at the card and realized that the man I met, Richard Hearns, was quite accomplished at one of my favorite types of art, the still life.

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Jan. 10

 

Surprise from Warren Platner

by Lynn Byrne

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By Lynn Byrne.  Typically when one thinks of mid-century designer Warren Platner, these chairs come to mind. 

And this lounge chair and stool.

Or perhaps this dining table. 

Or its coffee table cousin.  

Not so much this incredible restaurant, The American Restaurant, in Kansas City,  especially the brass ceiling. 

Here is vintage shot of it, c. 1974 

Read more about his interior design and architecture here.  A tidbit, he designed Windows on the World, the famed restaurant on the top of the World Trade Center, photos here.

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Jan. 09

 

I Am Feeling A Little Blue

by Lynn Byrne

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By Lynn Byrne.  Just saying. 

It’s Monday after all.

Photo credits: 1. Zoffany, 2. Flipboard, 3. UK, January 2011 Country Living, 4. Nook and Cranny Co. via Twitter, 5 Twitter, pillows from Jonathan Adler, 6 Marijane Funess, photo just down the street from where I live. 

Jan. 06

 

Type It Up: Paper Sculpture by Jennifer Collier

by Lynn Byrne

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By Lynn Byrne.  With expanding my writing being my new big goal for 2012, you can imagine how smitten I am with the work of Jennifer Collier.

Check out this completely charming typewriter (remember those?) crafted from paper: 

Jennifer says that “by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching I produce unusual paper ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects.”  Other charmers constructed  by Jennifer  include shoes, clothing and this adorable camera,  all made of paper.

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Jan. 06

 

Wanted: A Little Bit Of Your Time

by Lynn Byrne

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Live Joyfully!

By Lynn Byrne.  I have never made a list of resolutions for the New Year.  Not that I don’t set goals — I do. But I tend to hold them close to the vest.  So I am more than a little out of my comfort zone with this post.  I am going to share some of my biggest goals this year.

Don’t get excited — I am sure my regular readers won’t be surprised at all.  This year, I want to grow my blog readership, monetize my blog (hello sponsors, I hope) and begin doing some freelance writing for others in the design niche.

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