Sunday, May 26, 2013


Poppy Field
This weekend you may see someone from your local VFW selling little paper poppies. "Buddy Poppies" have raised funds for Veteran causes since 1922. If you see a local member selling them give generously and be reminded of the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces.

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Memorial to Love

The Metropolitan Museum exhibit "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" ends Memorial Day. If you are able to attend it is well worth it. Among the Monets, Manets and Renoirs, a painting by a lesser known French artist was the one that captivated me.
A portrait by Albert Bartholome´ of his wife Prosperie.
In the Conservatory (Dans la serre)
Albert Bartholome´ (1848-1928)
Oil on cnavas 92 1/4" x 56 1/8" ca. 1881
Prosperie "Perie" de Fleury (1849-1887) was known to be "so welcoming to commoners, bohemians, intellectuals and dinner guests alike, that evenings spent discussing music, painting and books, and especially politics where Degas, a staunch nationalist, set the tone with an authority accepted by everyone (except Mary Cassatt, the free-spirited American artist), seemed to take place in a world apart, one unique to Paris." - Jacques-Emile Blanche  (quote from here
Prosperie died six years after her portrait was displayed at the 1881 Paris Salon.  Albert kept the dress his beloved wife wore. It stands in the Metropolitan Museum gallery near her portrait, the tracks of his tears no longer visible.

Dress worn by Madame Bartholomé in the painting by Albert Bartholomé1880 Paris, Musée d'OrsayGift of the Charles and André Bailly Gallery, 1991
After Prosperie's death Albert was so grief stricken he stopped painting. 
Degas convinced him to take up sculpture.
His first sculpture was for Prosperie's grave. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Southampton House Tour: A Queen Anne a Nautical Tribute and the 1708 House

"An Insider's View" the Southampton Historical Museum's 4th Annual Tour of Southampton Homes was held Saturday May 11th. Let's continue our tour with the quintessential Queen Anne.
When I entered the living room with its green sofa, various print drapes, chairs and ottoman with a leopard rug, I was amazed at how harmoniously the combination of color and print worked. The East Hampton Star article that accompanied these photos described the leopard rug as looking "surprisingly neutral". So true! Everything complimented each other to stunning effect. (article and photos here)
The backyard garden and pool
The home below was built in 1899 by Captain William Bennett. Bennett captained a whaling ship and eventually became chief of the US Coast Guard in Southampton. The current owner bought the home in 2000 and undertook a stem to stern renovation. Thanks to the owner's kindness and generosity we were able to observe the creative and meticulous result. Photos and more information here.
Front living room.
The bell jars displayed a variety of colored eggs. 
A small seascape with it's own lamp.
I wanted to grab a seat and leaf through the books.
The kitchen was fairly small, but perfectly appointed.
Like a ship's galley, no wasted space and everything in its place.
The pantry looked out to the pool house and pool.
Upstairs bedrooms.
A rope handrail guides you up to the top floor.
A study, a studio, a place for quiet contemplation.
So many lovely touches.
The last stop for us on the tour was The 1708 House.
I've often passed The 1708 House on main street and wondered what it was like inside.
 The cozy parlor
Backyard patio
We only saw a couple of the bedrooms as they had guests.
More room photos here.
The wine cellar part of the original basement 
built in the late 1600s
We missed the champagne reception at the Rogers Mansion which featured the opening of two shows:
Wind over Cooks Lane by Pat Garrity
and "Extraordinarily Ordinary!" photographs by Mallory Samson
photo by Mallory Samson
Both shows run through August 3rd. I will return.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Southampton House Tour: A Farmhouse a Contemporary and a "Bon Acre"

Farmhouse built 1858
"Cranberry House"
This past Saturday was the fourth annual Southampton Historical Museum's House Tour. Six beautiful private homes plus the Dune Church as well as the Rogers Mansion and Halsey Homestead were open to charity ticket holders. It rained off and on all afternoon, so participants were asked to either remove shoes or put paper booties on over their foot gear. The number and types of shoes outside the homes was another entertaining aspect of our tour.  This home, an 1858 Farmhouse, was formerly known as the "Cranberry House". The house was previously painted a bright berry shade. Painted creme now,  the inside decor pays homage to its colorful history. We weren't allowed to take photos inside the homes but happily I found a number of great photos by Michelle Trauring on the Southampton Press website. More information and more photos here.
The Cranberry House today.
Upstairs in the Cranberry house.
I loved the white wicker beds head to foot.
Let's stay up and talk all night!
The master bedroom had a huge bookcase filled to the ceiling. 
Cranberry House downstairs parlors.
Next, a modern home filled with light.
The owners were home as crowds of strangers paid a visit. 
Their collection of art, books and furniture from all over the world was lovely to see.
The two story great room overlooked a pool and beautiful pond.
Simply gorgeous.
This shingled beauty known as "Bon Acre" was built around the turn of the last century by a prominent doctor, one of the founders of the Southampton Hospital.
My first apartment would have fit in the entry hall.
There was a lot of "ooing and aching" inside this home.
The entryway continued into light filled living rooms.
I wish I could show you some of the their wonderful art.
The home is for sale, more photos and details on how this home can be yours here.
Above is the large sunroom that is on the first floor. The master bedroom's huge walk out sleeping porch is above the sunroom. All of the bedroom furniture could have been carried out there in the summer and fit. If there is such a thing as an "old money" house, this is it.
Master Bedroom
One of ten bedrooms, this one a pretty blue and white.
Formal dining room. 
Kitchen sized for the grand parties that you would have if you lived here.
Upper left corner, you get a better view of the big sleeping porch.
The newer conservatory shelters a large outdoor dining area.
Every country house needs a backyard swing

to be continued