Friday, April 27, 2012

15th Annual International Antiques Fair.



It is that time of year again for the annual International Antiques Fair at the Merchandise Mart, one of my absolute favourite Chicago events each year. I have yet to leave one of these without a wish list a half mile long. I also have yet to leave one without my wife having to beg, beat or threaten me to do so. She isn't unreasonable or mean or anything, it's more that I can look at everything for hours and hours and tend to become a bit more focused on all the wonderful treasures rather than who I am with. But it isn't like I've ever wondered off without saying anything when some shiny thing caught my attention ....well....alright it happens all the time.

At any rate, if you find yourself in Chicago today (27 Apr.) through Monday (30 Apr.) you really should find your way to the Mart and have a look. If you do let me know and I can send you a link to get free tickets. To help you make your decision here is a brief look at past fairs.



I'll be there over the weekend with camera in hand so look for a new post early next week with all my favourite things at this years fair.

Best,
Brion

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Little House on the Bayou.


Not what you expected right? Well thankfully that isn't the house that this is about (perhaps next time). The house that this is about is a wonderful two-hundred-year-old Creole manor that was brought back to life by antiques dealer Patrick Dunne. Mr. Dunne is quite well known in the antiques community and has a marvelous eye for amazing unique pieces which he sells at his New Orleans store Lucullus. I stopped by Lucullus the last time I was in New Orleans and it is definitely a must see the next time you find yourself in Crescent City.

The home was in the recent issue of Garden & Gun, one of my favourite magazines. I fell in love with it at first sight, down to the smallest detail. Every aspect of it is in perfect harmony with the landscape and culture of the region. So without further...no wait, one more needed detail, start the video before looking at the images.


And now, without any further ado...

Lovely isn't it
I just love the bird prints, and that antique phone...I know, right.
Notice the pineapples on the table? A true Southern / East Coast tradition.
I am a sucker for a claw foot tub.
Love this hat / umbrella rack, and the safari hat....perfection.
Mr. Dunne next to his incredibly charming home. I love your house sir, if you ever decide to rent it out please let me know...immediately.


Hope you enjoyed our little house tour, I shall keep an eye out for more great place to share with everyone.

Best,
Brion

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Great Spaces: On the Market.


Joan Rivers recently put her wonderful Manhattan penthouse on the market. Just a door down from Fifth Avenue and Central Park, this 5,200-square-foot penthouse sits atop a 42-foot-wide Horace Trumbauer-designed mansion that was converted into condominiums. This one, the largest of the building's units, boasts stunning pre-war detailing, 23-foot ceilings, ornate marble mantels, and parquet floors. Now I cannot confirm it but it is my belief that there is also a hidden room that was turned into a plastic surgery operating theater...obvious logic applies.

That sort of luxury—combined with its massive space—comes with a high price tag on Manhattan's ritzy Upper East Side, but all things considered, the $29.5 million price tag is (ahem) surprisingly reasonable. In part that's because the building enjoys a level of service usually reserved for much larger luxury apartment houses, including a doorman and elevator operator. Of course, those services don't come for free either, as monthly maintenance and taxes top $20K per month. Sorry for the less than crystal clear images, they got a tad fuzzy when resized.


To be honest when I first heard about this I truly didn't think I was going to like the space, then I saw it and was pleasantly surprised at just how much I did like it (still trying to figure a way to get the word "I" in that sentence a couple more times). If you are interested in getting a bit more info on the space click HERE for the listing agents page. If by chance you are in the market and buy this I will happily do the interior design for a greatly discounted fee.

Best,
Brion

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Morning Classics.


So it has been awhile since I have written any posts with any regularity but I am hoping to remedy this. As such what made the most sense, to me at least, was to start with Sunday Morning Classics. With it being Spring, or trying to here in Chicago, I wanted to find a piece that possessed that certain uplifting easy grace that the season is so wonderfully endowed with.

Therefore, my selection for today is The Flower Duet, a famous duet for sopranos from Leo Delibis' opera Lakme, first performed in Paris in 1883. The duet takes place in Act 1 of the three act opera, between characters Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika, as they go to gather flowers by a river. This duet has found its way into several television shows and films since the early 1980's. It is one of those piece where almost everyone knows it but very few know what it is or what it is from, you should know it immediately at the 1:20 minute mark.

This performance, done by the amazingly talented Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca, takes place in Baden-Baden Germany at the Festspielhaus, Europe's second largest opera and concert hall, I hope you enjoy it.

As a small aside, I was in Baden-Baden a number of years ago and can attest that you absolutely must make your way there if you are ever in the vicinity of western Germany, it is abolutely lovely.


Best,
Brion

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter Sunday Morning Classics.


I do hope that everyone is having, and continue to have, a pleasant Easter Sunday. I have always been very fond of Easter as it often has many family oriented traditions...usually involving brunch. Here in Chicago the most popular spot for Easter brunch is the historic Walnut Room in the Marshall Field Building, a tradition that has been around for many many years.

The main room of The Walnut Room, lovely no?

While this is a Sunday and as a somewhat on again off again tradition here on Bastion & Lark I have picked a piece of classical music to accompany the day. Today's selection is Church Sonata in C Major, K. 278. ( A Mozart Celebration ) by Wiener Sängerknaben. It is a wonderfully upbeat little piece and to be honest part of the reason for my selecting it is the stunning church shown in the video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Happy Easter Everyone,
Brion
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