19 September 2017

the Rose of Youth

To thine own self be true,
Must one be 17 too?

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing- Shakespeare, Sonnet 98

A violet in the youth of primy nature,
Forward, not permanent--sweet, not lasting;
The perfume and suppliance of a minute;
No more. -Shakespeare, Hamlet

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. - Shakespeare, Sonnet 98

Shakespeare mostly always got it right, none more so that at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Kieran Shipka, 17, wearing Mui Mui~ Millie Bobby Brown, 13 in Calvin Klein by Appointment, decidedly under the influence of Raf Simons~ the beautiful Yara Shahidi, 17, in Prada. 

26 August 2017


In celebration of How They Decorated's third printing I am giving away three books through Amazon.

Here is the Link if you'd like to enter! The giveaway ends Aug 28, 2017 11:59 PDT 
Good Luck!

18 August 2017

Quintessence & How They Decorated...

I read Stacey Bewkes' great blog religiously.
If you love design you already know about Quintessence and Behind the Q.
Stacey put together a video montage of How They Decorated narrated by yours truly.

I hope you enjoy it!

Special thanks to Stacey at Quintessence here, and Barbara at My Dog-Eared Pages here

12 August 2017

She played her part...

“From the moment I read [it], I was fascinated by the lovely wayward, tempestuous Scarlett, “I felt that I loved and understood her, almost as though I had known her in the flesh. When I heard that the book was to filmed in Hollywood early in 1939, I longed to play the part.” ~VL

 The Vivien Leigh Collection is a lot of 250 pieces of fine art, memorabilia, personal photos and clothing belonging to the consummate actor being sold at Sotheby’s in London September 26, 2017.  

"Life’s pattern pricked with a scarlet thread / where once we were with a gray / 
To remind us all how we played our parts / In the shock of an epic day” 
~ Margaret Mitchell's inscription to Vivien Leigh inside  her leather bound copy of GWTW

Among the collection, is Leigh’s personal copy of Gone With The Wind, presented to her by the author  ( auction estimate $6,548 to $9,166), and her leather bound copy of the script (seen above) given to her by the film’s cast (estimate approximately $3,274 to $4,583). Apparently, Leigh kept a copy of the novel with her on set in order to assure the script remained true to Mitchell's words.

read more at Sotheby's here


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