29 mai 2013
... or at least, I suppose, this is how the title of Joel Dicker's book "La Vérité sur l'affaire Harry Quebert" will sound in English when it will be translated. So far the book has been translated only in Romanian (!!), therefore I will refer here to an excerpt of the Romanian translation, adding for the ones who don't speak the universal language - Romanian - only and approximate English version.
"Cunosteam bine Aurora, de pe vremea cand eram student si il vizitam adesea pe Harry. Locuia intr-o casa superba din piatra si lemn de pin masiv, situata in afara orasului, pe Route 1, spre Maine, si construita pe malul unui brat de mare inscris pe harti cu numele de Goose Cove. Era o casa de scriitor, dominand oceanul, cu o terasa pentru zilele frumoase, de unde cobora o scara direct pe plaja. Imprejurimile nu erau decat salbaticie si pustietate: padurea de pe coasta, randurile de pietricele si de pietre uriase, tufisurile umede de ferigi si de muschi, cateva poteci ca sa te plimbi de-a lungul plajei. Te-ai fi putut crede la capatul lumii, daca nu ai fi stiut ca te afli la doar cativa kilometri de civilizatie."
"I knew well Aurora, from the times when I was a student and often visited Harry. He lived in a beautiful house of stone and solid pine, situated outside the town, on Route 1, to Maine, and built on the banks of a large sea arm, mentioned on maps as Goose Cove. It was a writer house, dominating the ocean, with a beautiful terrace for sunny days, with a staircase descending right on the beach. The surroundings were wild and isolated: the forest on the coast, among the rocks and huge stones, bushes of wet ferns and moss, some paths to walk along the beach. You would have thought the end it is the of the world if you did not know that you're just a few miles away from civilization."
I find that the deep blue (hague blue) sooo right for a more dramatic beach house, out of that serene, dreamy marine-blue zone that is always coming up in coastal living spaces. It's close I know, but so deep and used in such manner - tone sur tone and wall over sofa - it's more the grown up version of a beach house which I love, and I think it would suit also Mr. Quebert for his writer study!
Foot note: Monsieur Joel Dicker is 28, and apparently he is on his way to a super-star-writer with this book. :)
27 mai 2013
"Several features distinguish a Bridgewater sofa. The first two are the comparatively low arms and high back, which give the sofa a very casual appearance. Most Bridgewater sofas also have a skirt which conceals their feet, and they have loose seat and back cushions which are typically heavily padded for make lounging more comfortable. Many are designed to seat three people comfortably, and they often have two large seat cushions.
In a typical case, a Bridgewater sofa is designed to be covered with a slipcover which fits under the seating and back cushions. These cushions can be covered in matching materials or in other fibers, depending on personal taste. It is also possible to find Bridgewater sofas with wooden or metal arms and backs, where the frame of the sofa is showcased, rather than hidden under a slipcover, although the skirt tends to remain."
20 mai 2013
"The tuxedo sofa is thought to have first been invented in the 1920s, and derives its name from the same place as does the tuxedo, from the classy town of Tuxedo Park in New York. Along with other pieces of furniture, the tuxedo sofa is often thought of as one of the pieces that heralded the modern era in furniture. Still, many who own such a sofa or couch wouldn’t know to call it a tuxedo sofa, even though the style remains a popular one.
The basic requirements of any tuxedo sofa are that the arms of the sofa are the same height as its back. This usually means that back pillows, and sometimes side pillows rise above the height of both back and arms. Pillows may be attached or loose depending upon the individual sofa; more often they are loose. Early versions of the tuxedo sofa often had arms that curved outward, and you may find this in modern variants. Probably the most modern look, though, is a very straight, streamlined arm that is upholstered and may feature a slight amount of padding."
17 mai 2013
...Coca Cola. :) What did you think? Oh boy! I am Anna and I am addicted to Coca Cola. Drinking Coca Cola is not healthy and not cool, but I am still drinking it. Although I kept reducing the amount per day by not stocking it up at home and at my office anymore, as not to have easy access to it, I wouldn't say that I am less addicted. Nope. Still addicted just more self controlled. Quitting Coca Cola is on my resolution list every (...) year, because I am highly aware of all the con's: I get nervous when I am not drinking, I get more and nervous and impulsive when I am drinking, I lost my taste (any drink that is not sweet is not good), I cannot enjoy any conversation, meal or whatever if no Coke around, and least but not last it is really and surely unhealthy. I am constantly debating about healthy food, and what proteins and carbs are good and bad, I even resisted once seven days only with water (no food, no Coke) to clean my body (and mind), and lectured everyone about how good and benefic it was for me (cause it was). And then I took another sip of Coke. Yeah. Ridiculous. But that's me, and my big ugly and ONLY vice!
14 mai 2013
"Reading Lolita in Tehran" is a book about books. Among many books discussed by the Iranian university teacher Azar Nafisi with her students at the Tehran University, the controversial Great Gatsby gets a lot of attention. I have seen the Robert Redford featuring movie many years ago, but the movie did not trigger any wish to read the book. What did was these "memoires in books" of Azar Nafisi, so thank God for Kindle, I instantly ordered it on Amazon. Funnily enough the Leonardo di Caprio featuring movie will be soon on the big screen (in Romania). A post about a The Great Gatsby "literary interiors" is the most natural thing to do, especially because houses, clothes and cars are the symbols of the book, incorporated in a natural almost unnoticed way into the plot by Scott F. Fitzgerald.
Well, first of all, things looked a little bit different than in my imagination, especially dimensions. But apparently Jay Gatsby was more grand maniac (in the name of love :)) as I perceived him (I had sympathy with the character, though I know he should be the despiteful nouveau riche), Tom Buchanan more wealthy and Nick's cottage was more homey and cute than I would have expected for the bachelor narrator.
Catherine Martin, the designer behind the sets for the movie, did a beautiful job recreating the decor for the key scenes in Great Gatsby, and I can't help but loving the Art Deco bedroom of Jay.
Nick Carraway's cottage.
The more quite interior of Tom and Daisy Buchanan's Hollywood Regency redbrick manor is meant to contrast with the glamorous extravagant Gatsby house and to highlight the difference between two kinds of wealth. It's lavish as well but in a more traditional, feminine, laid back way.
The story of The Great Gatsby is a sad story, but then again, it's a glamorous sad story.
more about the sets here
13 mai 2013
"A camelback sofa is an upholstered sofa or settee with an arched back that rises to a prominent point in the middle, and rises slightly again at the ends; usually has scrolled arms; primarily found in English and American furniture, it developed in the 18th century; leg and foot styles vary, depending on the exact period-cabriole legs are typical on Queen Anne and Chippendale pieces, while tapered legs characterize those in the style of Hepplewhite (with whose designs the style is often connected), and elaborately carved monopodium feet often adorn Empire pieces"
photos via: 1stdibs, kkerrdseign
10 mai 2013
Currently I have a new (probably unhealthy if excessively consumed) food fixation: hot, melted Camembert with garlic and toasted bread. At Corks they have the perfect one, but as you don't have to be a Martha Stewart to prepare it yourself, it became my quick homemade "snack".
Photo via bbc.co.uk
9 mai 2013
I don't get to buy as many flower for my home as I would like to. Though the peonies are rather spring flowers, in Romania the weather skipped the spring and landed right into the summer, I hope the peonies did not get confused and stopped growing, and somebody will have the brilliant/sweet idea to buy me some...Just saying. :) They add so much color and uncomplicated freshness to any decor. I love them.
8 mai 2013
The picture above does not depict the actual violin back splat chairs that are soon to arrive in our workshop. The real ones are more feminine and curvaceous, but currently not in such a good shape. (The photos taken either:)). Restoration will take them to a whole new level. We'll be back with backstage details.
7 mai 2013
"On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rosecolored hotel. Deferential palms cool its flushed façade, and before it stretches a short dazzling beach. Lately it has become a summer resort of notable and fashionable people; a decade ago it was almost deserted after its English clientele went north in April. Now, many bungalows cluster near it, but when this story begins only the cupolas of a dozen old villas rotted like water lilies among the massed pines between Gausse’s Hôtel des Étrangers and Cannes, five miles away."
"Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This was an easy one! A simple google search revealed this Cap d'Antibe Villa Picolette where apparently Scott F. Fitzgerald stayed during his expat years in Europe, and got his inspiration for the scenery of his novel "Tender is the night". Judging by the cover of an early edition of the book, depicting the bell tower of the villa, the information seems credible. Nevertheless, I can imagine Fitzgerald, Zelda and his famous friends writing, debating and partying here. My favs: the bathroom and the winter garden with its green doors.