Champagne and a New Year

How to properly pour champagne

According to a study released by the American Chemical Society, how you pour that bottle of bubbly may be as important as what you’re pouring. French chemists at the Universite´de Reims found that pouring champagne or sparkling wine at an angle, so that it hits the side of the glass, is the most effective pouring technique for maintaining the taste, aroma, and those essential bubbles. –Elle Decor

The art of the proper pour is most definitely need to know information for today, of all days. I gathered a few New Years, entertaining, and champagne related quotes… they might be useful later on when the toasting begins: [Read more…]

Castiglione: Lost Genius. Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection

Castiglione: Lost Genius. Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection, at the Kimbell Museum

Castiglione: Lost Genius. Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection
On view November 22, 2015, through February 14, 2016

Known mainly through court papers documenting his acts of violence, Baroque master draftsman, painter and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664) was arguably the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time. [Read more…]

Jeffrey Bilhuber, American Master

Jeffrey Bilhubers Manhattan Apartment- book review on

Jeffrey Bilhuber American Master: Notes on Style and Substance

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s rooms are described as brilliant, modern, and livable. His projects cover a broad range of edifice from country to city, throughout the nation. The tableau changes monumentally from client to client, and originality is delivered to every project. Let’s talk about his high-profile client list, with names like Anna Wintour, Trey Lard, Hubert de Givenchy, Iman and David Bowie, Ela Peretti…
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Finest Paintings By Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte At The Kimbell Art Museum

Floor Scrapers, Gustave Caillebotte exhibit at the Kimbell Museum,

Gustave Caillebotte The Floor Scrapers, 1875 Oil on canvas 40 3/16 × 57 7/8 in. (102 × 147 cm) Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Gift of Caillebotte’s heirs through the intermediary of Auguste Renoir, 1894


Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye November 8, 2015–February 14, 2016 On view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion

Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum does it again, with a jaw dropping retrospective of a hugely important, and surprisingly unknown Impressionist. Gustave Caillebotte is, hands down, my favorite artist. His career began with failure – rejection by the Salon in 1875, when he submitted the above painting The Floor Scrapers to the French Government’s annual elite art exhibition. The painting was considered vulgar (as IF-) and the perspective unsettling (again, seriously?!).  [Read more…]

A Day at Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

The courtyard façade of the château seen from beyond the entrance gate. ©Bruno Ehrs

The courtyard façade of the château seen from beyond the entrance gate. ©Bruno Ehrs

A Day at Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

Vaux-le-Vicomte is the château that cautions us to beware of upstaging the boss. The unique elements of this spectacular 17th century castle, built by Louis XIV’s infamous finance minister Nicolas Fouquet, set a precedent that would inspire the design of Versailles and be emulated across much of Europe. It was designed and crafted by a dream-team of the finest artisans of the day including Louis le Vau, Charles le Brun and Andre le Notre. Lucky for us, the brothers who manage the estate today have assembled a stunning compilation of archival documents, photography, and history to guide us through a comprehensive tour of Vaux-le-Vicomte. [Read more…]