French Furniture: Three Desks, Three Styles and a Decorative Arts Glossary

DO YOU KNOW YOUR FRENCH ANTIQUE DESK STYLES?

French Desks on www.CourtneyPrice.comToday we are going to have a little decorative arts refresher on French Furniture. I thought a history lesson might be more fun and more memorable if we stick to one type of furniture… just to drive home the style differences and history that influenced their design. So today is “desk day”- we will compare three styles- Regency, Louis XV and Louis XVI desks/bureau plats….which come from three consecutive periods of french decorative history.  Many people find it very confusing to distinguish between the Louis styles, (and if you are a designer, that would be a major faux pas) which is nothing that a good story with visuals can’t cure. The broader context of each of these decorative styles will serve as a decorative arts glossary of terms used. Plan on some juicy backstories, decorative elements, creations and characteristics of each time … and a little gossip about the players/shenanigans of each era… nobody ever said French history was boring. [Read more...]

Rhinelander Mansion, Home of Ralph Lauren NYC Men’s Flagship Store

Ralph Lauren FlagShip, story behind the mansion on www.CourtneyPrice.com

In honor of today’s Fifth Avenue POLO flagship opening, I thought we would take a look at the very first Ralph Lauren NYC flagship store and the story behind its stunning location.

The Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo House is a French Renaissance revival mansion located at 867 Madison Avenue on the corner of East 72nd Street in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Completed in 1898, it was modeled after a châteaux of the Loire Valley in France. The plan was for this home to outshine the Vanderbilt limestone palace. Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo, the eccentric New York heiress who commissioned the mansion, made numerous trips to Europe to buy art, furniture, and statues, which were shipped back in crates and stored in rooms and hallways of the home.

Gertrude never actually moved in, never opened those crates. Widowed after two short years of marriage, she preferred to live across the street in a town home with her unmarried sister.  She was unable to maintain the building and it went into foreclosure in 1909. The crates of valuable furnishings, never opened, were the cause of multiple lootings of the property in 1909. She died in debt in 1914. The building remained vacant until 1921, at which time the first floor was converted into stores and two apartments were carved out of the upper four floors. Commercial enterprises which have used the location at various times include an antique store, Christie’s auction house and a Zabar’s-owned restaurant. Then greatness happened:  [Read more...]

Lumo Body Lift – Health Gadget

feel better, look better, stand tall, convey confidence: Lumo Lift Gadget - posture corrector, activity monitor- via #girlTECH on www.CourtneyPrice.comHot new gadget on the GirlTECH front — it is called Lumo Lift, and it is all about better posture. This little magnetic oval-shaped device clips to your shirt or undergarment, about an inch below your collar-bone. It communicates with an app that you download to your phone, Here is how it works.  You put the device on (it doesn’t work well on loose clothing), stand up straight, double tap the device to activate it.  When you slouch, it will give you a gentle buzzing reminder that you will feel, prompting you to stand up straight.  It collects the data, which you can read from your app on your phone. The app gives you encouraging messages along the way, like a positive coach, and an hourly report. Not only is the Lumo Lift tracking your posture, but your activity as well. Pretty cool, it functions as a posture corrector AND like a fitbit type device. It charges fully in about an hour and can last up to four days. See how it works: [Read more...]

Stock Your Pantry for Healthy, Easy Seasonal Salads

Heirloom Tomatoes Peach Salad on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Well, here we are celebrating the end of the summer, and the produce is still incredible. In our house, we are all about seasonal salads and fresh ingredients, which appears to be gourmet but the truth is that it is also easy. The beautiful fruits and vegetables make instantly healthy meals – and the more simple, the better. What puts the salads over the top is having a pantry armed with a few good quality ingredients. My mantra is:

GOOD INGREDIENTS MAKE GOOD FOOD.

So my recommendation is to invest in a few bottles of high quality olive oil and a good basalmic glaze. The flavors of the [Read more...]

What to See and Where to Eat in San Francisco – a Traveler’s Guide to a Beautiful San Francisco Experience

San Francisco Travel Guide- What to See, where to eat. www.CourtneyPrice.com

San Francisco is such an unusual city, full of unique architecture, fabulous food, unreal antiques and art, and stunning views. Because of the previous posts I have done reviewing several San Francisco restaurants, I have received requests for more on what to do when in The Golden Gate City.  SO… I assembled a guide (the one that I wished for when I visited) to provide and overview and specifics to help plan a visit:

Iconic San Francisco photo-worthy views

famous historical landmarks

San Fran historical tidbits (San Francisco history is juicy)

beautiful areas of the city worth exploring

insider tips on some great places to shop, especially if you are into design or antiques

amazing restaurants (pack your appetite)

 If you are a foodie, take notes and prepare to plan ahead with reservations… these suggestions are seriously good.  Head over to Huffington Post Travel to Explore San Francisco in photographic detail~ and if I missed any of your favorite places, please be sure to mention them in the comment section.