woensdag 8 maart 2017

Castel-mare, home of Allene Tew/  Countess of Kotzebue

I was reading "The American Princess" of Annejet van der Zijl
It tells about the story of gives us the story of Allene Tew (1872-1955

If anything is American, it is the belief that there can always be a new start
Allene Tew is the personification of this idea

Allene became the owner of several houses
One of these houses is this ""seacastle"'
Her life became blue Annejet tells us

Castel Mare was built in 1905 on the rocks of Cap d’Ail. The villa has seen many famous guests such as members of the Netherlands Royal family. Queen Beatrix is the godchild of Henry’s stepmother Countess of Kotzebue. In the guest book you can still find the Windsors, the Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe, the author Somerset Maugham etc. It is now that the niece of the Prince Henry II of Reuss took over this fantasy filled shelter. Despite some modernization, it is the antique furniture and the old noble bathrooms that keep the spirit of those wonderful former days at the Côte d’Azur alive.

maandag 6 februari 2017

“If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for the future."

municipal art society of ny

In 1976, New York's Grand Central Terminal was threatened with demolition. Jackie led a public crusade to save it, won, and it was then designated a National Historic Landmark. She stated, “If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for the future." Further civic activities in which she was involved Included the revitalization of the Broadway theater district, the Central Park Conservancy, the Literary Lions of the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum's Egyptian wing and the Costume Institute, and the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center. retrogran/jackie-after-white-house

Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future? Americans care about their past, but for short term gain they ignore it and tear down everything that matters. Maybe... this is the time to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won't all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes.[73]
— Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

zondag 5 februari 2017

History of Manhattan.

The oldest house in Greenwich Village, at 77 Bedford Street, this beauty was built in1799.  Joshua Isaacs built his free-standing, clapboard house with yard a days ride from what was then Manhattan further south.  Isaacs was a wholesale merchant and his Federal-style home with its hipped roof was a declaration of his success. Read more: daytoninmanhattan-isaacs-hendricks-house

zaterdag 4 februari 2017

Map Greenwich Village and Carrie Bradshaw's house

64 Perry street.  House Carrie Bradshaw streeteasy/64-perry-street-carrie-bradshaw-apartment

Samantha Jones New York appartment, Meatpacking District

Sadly, though, Samatha's  apartment building looks very different today than it appeared back in 2000 when SATC filmed there. In the early 1900’s, the Meatpacking District was solely an industrial neighborhood, housing over 250 of New York’s slaughterhouses and warehouses. In the 80s, prostitutes and drug dealers moved in, turning MePa, as it is sometimes called, into a seedy and run down part of town. But during the past ten years or so, the entire Meatpacking District has undergone a huge transformation, turning it into one of the most trendy neighborhoods in New York. During this transformation, many of the old slaughterhouses and buildings, including Samantha’s, were given complete face lifts and no longer look as they did a decade ago. Read more on the interesting page of  iamnotastalker/samanthas-meatpacking-digs

Sandwiched conveniently between the brownstone terraces of Greenwich Village and Chelsea, the Meatpacking District was immortalised by Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones, whose notorious loft conversion became the setting for some of the most lurid one-night stands ever to hit the screen. simonseeks/why-meatpacking-district-new-yorks-coolest-village

vrijdag 3 februari 2017

Miranda Hobbes home.


In the first season - when Miranda's heart took a lickin' (from countless dates and dumps) yet kept on tickin' - the color palette for her place was purposely black and blue. "We used all the shades you'd find in a bruise," says Conway. "Dark blues, plums, deep teals."
When Miranda bought a new place on Manhattan's Upper West Side, she came to terms with her single-status and learned to lighten up. "She's less the walking wounded; she's more confident and secure," Conway says, "Her new apartment is sophisticated and indicative of a successful New York City woman. A partner in a law firm could afford a big pre-War apartment in the 80s and all the modern appliances, so we gave it to her."

zaterdag 21 januari 2017

The Queens' Bedroom/ the White House.

The Queens' Bedroom in 2008, looking northeast (Architectural Digest)

The bedroom suite now called the Queens' Suite, because several European queens stayed here, was called the Rose Suite after the 1902 renovation, and was often used by visiting relatives: Edith Roosevelt's sister Emily Carow; William Howard Taft's sister and brother-in-law, Frances and William Edwards; Coolidge's cousin's daughter Marion Pollard; Anna Roosevelt, FDR's daughter; and most "First Mothers," from Martha Truman to Virginia Clinton Kelley.

While the Kennedys' bedroom was being decorated their first weeks in the house, they lived here. Jackie Kennedy's redecoration of the connecting sitting room in blue and white has remained intact for nearly forty years. Lady Bird Johnson sometimes repaired here to work in complete privacy. It was also used for a Catholic mass on the first birthday of Luci Johnson Nugent's son Lyn, and served as a holding room for groom Chuck Robb before his White House wedding to Lynda Bird Johnson.

The Queens' Bedroom, circa 2000, looking northeast

The Queens' Bedroom in 1999, looking north (White House Historical Association)

The Queens' Bedroom in 1991

The Queens' Bedroom in 1962, looking northeast (White House Historical Association)

The Queens' Bedroom in 1962, looking northeast (White House Historical Association)

The Rose Bedroom in 1962 (Kennedy Library - Robert Knudsen)

The Queens' Bedroom in 1952, looking northeast (Truman Library

The Queens' Bedroom in 1952, looking northeast (Truman Library

The Rose Bedroom around 1920, looking southeast (Library of Congress - Harris & Ewing)


How Much Can the Trump Family Redecorate the White House?

The Lincoln Bedroom is safe

How Much Can the Trump Family Redecorate the White House?
  • They can: Redecorate the living spaces to their taste
  • They can't: Make changes to historic rooms
  • They can: Pull from a literal warehouse of furnishings and artwork
  • They can: Bring in an interior designer
  • They can: Use public funds to decorate the White House
  • They can: Make unique additions
  • They can't: Make sweeping structural changes


The White House.

The Family Residence

The second floor of the White House Residence is the first family residence, where their bedrooms and private sitting rooms are located, as well as some guest bedrooms such as the Lincoln Bedroom. This floor has 16 rooms, 1 main corridor, 6 bathrooms, and 1 lavatory. The first family has overnight guests at the Residence, but visiting chiefs of state usually stay across the street at Blair House, which is the official guest facility for international leaders and is managed and operated by the Department of State.  whitehousemuseum

Old Family Dining Room

The small Old Family Dining Room, just off the State Dining Room, has been refurbished by Michelle Obama in the first major project that will leave her mark on the interiors of the historic building. popsugar/White-House-Family-Dining-Room-Makeover

Old Situation:

dinsdag 4 oktober 2016

The Houses of Gertrude Bell. Still busy with this blog. There is coming more....

Red Barns

The Red Barns pub and hotel in Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, was once the family home of Gertrude Bell - the remarkable mountaineer, archaeologist, linguist and traveller who was one of the first women to get an Oxford degree and became world renowned for her knowledge of the Middle East.

Gertrude Bell's archief gerty.ncl

In 1868, Gertrude’s father commissioned a new home for his young family in the heart of Redcar. Red Barns is infused with Gertrude’s presence. It was here that she played games of “housemaids” with her brothers and sisters, dashing silently from the cellars to the attics while attempting to avoid being spotted by the servants. It was in the extensive gardens that she cultivated her lifelong love of flowers. Scrambling up the scaffolding as the house was extended in 1882 may have given her the head for heights that turned her into a mountaineer. Riding the ponies stabled at Red Barns gave her the confidence to ride across virtually unmapped tracts of the Middle East. And it was while living at Red Barns that she developed another lifelong passion that has made her such a gift to historians: letter-writing. theguardian/gertrude-bell-home-museum-redcar

Rounton Grange
House of Gertrude's grandfather
Photographes of the inside from Gertrude Bell RountonGrange

  Sir Issac Lowthian Bell, grandfather of Gertrude.
Gertrude was born in this buidling.
The building is demolished. lostheritage

vrijdag 22 juli 2016

House of Mark Twain.

The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author's Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Mark Twain and his family enjoyed what the author would later call the happiest and most productive years of his life in their Hartford home. He wrote: 'To us, our house...had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see with us; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence and lives in its grace and in the peace or its benediction.' Financial problems forced Sam and Livy to move the family to Europe in 1891. Though he would complain about other places the family lived compared to the Hartford house ('How ugly‚ tasteless‚ repulsive are all the domestic interiors I have ever seen in Europe compared with the perfect taste of this ground floor')‚ the family would never live in Hartford again. flickrphotos

For the next 17 years (1874-1891)‚ Sam‚ Livy and their three daughters (Clara was born in 1874 and Jean in 1880) lived in the Hartford home. During those years Sam completed some of his most famous books‚ often finding a summer refuge for uninterrupted work at his sister-in-law’s farm in Elmira‚ N.Y. Novels such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Life on the Mississippi (1883) captured both his Missouri memories and depictions of the American scene. Yet‚ his social commentary continued. The Prince and the Pauper (1881) explored class relations as does A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) which‚ going a step further‚ criticized oppression in general while examining the period’s explosion of new technologies. And‚ in perhaps his most famous work‚ Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)‚ Clemens‚ by the way he attacked the institution of slavery‚ railed against the failures of Reconstruction and the continued poor treatment of African Americans in his own time.

maandag 20 juni 2016

Willem en Jeanne Kloos

De werkkamer van het echtpaar Kloos. Links bij het venster, met uitzicht op de Regentesselaan, het schrijfbureau van Willem Kloos; rechts daarvan het bureau van Jeanne. Foto's uit De oude heer in Den Haag. De briefwisseling Dr. P.H Ritter Jr.-Willem en Jeanne Kloos (1916-1949).dbnl

zondag 29 mei 2016

Grace Coddington's..

Grace Coddington in the living room of her New York City apartment, surrounded by a few of her photographs and collectibles. The cat cushions were a gift, two from designer Nicolas Ghesquière and the middle one from Vogue colleagues. Photography by Arthur Elgort for WSJ. Magazine    wsj    

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I am a watercolour artist. I am working on 300 mg paper. Seize of my paintings 1 meter- 70 cm. But of course I can use different seizes. My cards I sell with an envelope. Info: Mefta001@gmail.com