First Retrospective of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris) Self-portrait 1790 Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Corridoio Vasariano, Florence (1905) www.CourtneyPrice.com http://wp.me/p2e5e8-4WI

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun,Self-portrait, 1790
Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm.
Galleria degli Uffizi, Corridoio Vasariano, Florence (1905)

First Retrospective of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, France’s Last Great Royal Portraitist, Opens on February 15

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) is one of the finest 18th-century French painters and among the most important of all women artists. An autodidact with exceptional skills as a portraitist, she achieved success in France and abroad during one of the most eventful, turbulent periods in European history. Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France is the first retrospective and only the second exhibition devoted to this artist in modern times. The 80 works on view at the Metropolitan Museum will be paintings and a few pastels from European and American public and private collections. [Read more…]

A Day at Chateau de Fontainebleau

A Day at Chateau de Fontainebleau offers a rare view into areas of the château that guests could not personally access. Review on www.CourtneyPrice.com http://wp.me/p2e5e8-4Ya

The Pond Pavillion, built by Louis XIV and restored by Napoleon Bonaparte.

A DAY AT CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU
By Guillaume Picon Photography by Eric Sander

Whether you have visited Chateau de Fontainebleau or not, Flammarion’s book A Day at Chateau de Fontainebleau is a feast for the eyes and a worthwhile adventure, offering a rare view into areas of the château that guests could not personally access.

Nearly a thousand years have shaped this residence of French kings and emperors of every dynasty- Capetian, Valois, Bourbon, Bonaparte, and Orleans. Down the centuries, every passing era has left its mark on the details of this remarkable palace. [Read more…]

Zephyr’s Food, Wine, Design Experience

ZephyrFoodWineDesign

What do you do when an industry leader invites you for three days of high-end design, food and wine indulgence in San Francisco? You say heck yeah and go. Zephyr Ventilation knows a few things about the details of living well because that is the highly detailed world they inhabit. Their scheduled events were so up my alley and beyond what any of our expectations could’ve been- delivering a memorable dose of the San Francisco area. Zephyr treated our design-focused group like royalty with an agenda that was equal parts destination and journey. [Read more…]

A Cookbook That Will Make You WANT to Eat Your Vegetables

Plenty, Vegetarian cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi

So here we are, half a month into the new year, many of us having made health or diet related resolutions. Are you sticking to yours?  The owner of my old gym once told me that you can work out for hours every day at the gym, but if your eating is undisciplined, you are wasting your time. I believe him… so just to clear the air, that’s not why I don’t work out there anymore.  Today I want to share a cookbook that shifts healthy eating to a preferred alternative. Yotam Ottolenghi, the British restaurateur, chef, and cookbook writer, brings the upscale spa dining experience to your kitchen. That’s how eating at home should be.  Ottolenghi keeps healthy cuisine uncomplicated and delicious with 120 beautifully photographed recipes. [Read more…]

Home Innovation Buzz, 2016

CES 2016, home innovation roundup

Consumer Electronics Show regulars reported that this year’s show was pretty similar to last year- no real standouts. CES buzz somewhat predictably centered around drones, cars, wearables, tracking technologies, oculus, and home innovations. Here’s the skinny: Drones drones drones. Embracing the millennial attitude, Lyft has partnered with GM to bring us self driving cars, because do we really need to own a car when we can simply pay a subscription fee to drive one? Wearables are expected to “disappear” in 2016, meaning that they will morph from clunky to fashionable. Tracking technologies and cameras will be everywhere, so you better behave.

Now, onto home innovation standouts, here and on the way: [Read more…]