Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Titanic and all it's luxury

Well we just recently passed the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Great Luxury Ship 'The Titanic', and what a devastating tragedy it was.  Television and Newspapers seemed to cover every
single detail of the event and now the movie is being being re-released in 3D.  I remembered how gorgeous the sets were in that movie, at least in the first class area so I went searching for photos of the original Titanic and here they are....

The famous Grand Staircase where Kate and Leo made quite a statement


A photo of the original Grand Staircase 
The original Main 1st Class Dining Room  
Veranda - Palm Court
 Parisian Cafe
The famous Promenade Deck
A few samples of first class rooms

 A de luxe first class room

Smoking Room for the Men
Another version of the Smoking Room
 They even had a gym on this ship,
 The Barber Shop
  Not to be outdone by the men having a smoking room, the women had their own room where they read and listened to music.
 Staircase to the 2nd Class area
 A Room for 3rd Class Passengers
  Upper Deck with the life boats
 Some of the original china that was recovered.

Monday, April 23, 2012

More White on White...

If you follow this blog or know me, you will be aware of my allegiance to white.  Love it. There are so many different tones of white that  I do not think it can ever be boring as long as you have a mix of texture  and coordinating 'white' tones.  I love to find photos of rooms done in white and done with style & creativity.  Recently I was viewing some of the work from Interior Designer, Benjamin Noriega Ortiz , www.bnodesign.com who is recognized as one of the most stylish and influential of today's interior designers.  There are many books and articles on White Decorating, and of course I have some of them.  The newly published book by designer, Linda O'Keefe, Brilliant: White in Designshowcases beautiful white rooms by many known designers from all over the world.

As an Interior Decorator, I love colour but can appreciate the value of white.  It is less demanding on the eye and the conscious mind.  White is very versatile.  Decorating in a white on white scheme, does not mean the there is no other colour in the space; rather that it is of a secondary value, more in the background.
I have shared white space design previously in this blog but couldn't help myself and decided to add some more....

And now some photos of white spaces from various other sources....

I could go on and on but I think I will look for some great black and white spaces.
   Check back soon... 

The Big Apple At Christmas Time.....

I am a child at heart.  I have always wanted to be in New York City for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, ice skate in the park and be among the shoppers just for the experience.  I got that chance and would you believe they were having a heat wave.  No kidding, we were just wearing light weight jackets and sweaters.  It was downright balmy.  It didn't take away from the spirit though, only the ice was a little watery.  Can you imagine sipping a coffee, sitting outside in Bryant Park with all the Christmas Decorations up and just wearing a sweater.
I got to visit all the wonderful places and of course the big toy store that every kid wants to see.
 Sitting in Bryant Park having a coffee
Some of the Decor in Bryant Park
Hard to believe this was the end of November
The famous F.A.O. Schwarz Emporium

The Famous Glass Apple Building
Macy's Parade with all the huge balloons heading down Broadway

Grand Central Station 
 Central Park

 The big Tree