Thursday, February 23, 2012

The World of Tania Vartan....

I have never blatantly copied from another blog before....until now!

The New York Social Diary has a wonderful section on homes of public people. They get access to the most incredible homes and apartments in the world!

When they covered Tania Vartan, my heart skipped a beat! She creates her ornamentation on textiles, canvas, panels, furniture and any other paintable surface she can find.  To quote Tania-"I want to paint on every surface and cover it with ornament. Ornament!"

She has studied ornament over the years and has a line of fabric through John Rosselli. She also has a book! Here is a link to her website.(if you do nothing else, check out her apartment in Florence)

The Lyre headboard and églomisé bedside table were made by Tania. Go! Run! to the New York Social Diary and read the entire article. It is a true treasure!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

2012-Year of the Dragon

I just returned from a trip to San Francisco....dragons were everywhere!

The flagship Gump's  store on Post St. is currently celebrating the Year of the Dragon with many decorative items sporting dragon designs.

Driftwood dragons....

Hand painted dragon pillows....

Dragons fashioned in jewelry.....

The fine china department had a dragon inspired table setting...

Caspari had dragon motif napkins and I found a fantastic bookmark with a dragon design.

The lovely engraved design is from Bernard Maisner and has intricate detail all done in Chinese red!

Chinatown celebrated the Year of the Dragon with many colorful examples!

2012- Year of the Dragon!!!!!
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