Tuesday
Jan142014

une citation

"A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters." 
-George Herbert

painting of Jenna Lyons & son, Beckett, by Libby Black

Monday
Jan132014

loss of incandescents

Today, I am all fired up about... lightbulbs. In a world filled with gas-guzzling trucks, I’m baffled as to why the government has to pick on the incandescent bulb. By now, I’m sure you know that the production of 40 and 60-watt bulbs is illegal. This, in turn, has caused many interior designers to clear their closets + hoard lightbulbs (never thought I’d write that sentence).

Ann Pyne of McMillen, Inc. is one of them. A few weeks ago, she gave a short and sweet interview on Here & Now in defense of the incandescent. Like myself, she much prefers the warm light given by incandescents over the cool, sterile light given by most halogens/CFLs/LEDs. Ann notes, “[Interior designers] spend all our time... making lampshades to get the right color, and suddenly we have a CFL, an LED, and everything’s kaput!” Though 90% of the energy used by an incandescent goes to heat, Ann says it’s not totally wasted (she has no heat in her kitchen and the light bulbs help to keep it warm).

I hope incandescents are brought back, or companies like GE develop nicer-colored bulbs. I understand that this isn’t life or death; there are certainly more pressing political issues to tackle. It’s just a little issue I’m peeved about, and my blog seemed like the perfect place to rant :)

Have you discovered a great halogen/CFL/LED bulb that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear it! 


(images of Ann Pyne in her incandescent-lit study via NYSD)

Sunday
Dec222013

on this day in history... 

1945: 
Diane Sawyer was born in
Glasgow, KY.

(image)  

Sunday
Dec222013

alexa chung on... 

I love reading about the favorite beauty products of It Girls, especially when they dish about the singular product that defines their look. For Alexa Chung, that product is eyeliner. Famous for always sporting a cat eye, Ms. Chung notes that she used to use gel liner but ditched it in favor of the felt-tipped pen. I, too, did the same years ago. There was a point in my life when I swore by Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner... and then I discovered YSL's Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils. Pure magic. When I ran out of my first tube, I took a chance on a drug store variety in a suspicially similar container and I liked it just the same - in fact, I'm wearing it right now. If you're in the market for some great eyeliner, check out L'oreal Paris' Lineur Intense liner in Carbon Black. C'est Fantastique!

Wednesday
Dec112013

mita corsini bland

I found these large interior watercolors by Mita Corsini Bland to be quite visually appealing. They're a feast for the eyes, with so much going on that I'm not sure where to look first. But it's what I love about her work. If you're a Sister Parish fan, than you must recognize her immediately (she did the illustrations for this book). A few of Mita's prints are for sale here, and though they're eons out of my price range I've spent the past five minutes fantasizing about which one I'd purchase and where it would live (Albert Hadley's bedroom, SVP, and I'd hang it to the right of my bookshelf). If you can afford it, you should most certainly snatch one up :)