I love a stylish book cover. I’ve had my share of embarrassing moments reading books in public because the jacket or cover art is horrible or incredibly cheesy (I know this sounds shallow, but it’s the truth).
Books with bad illustrations or just plain ugly covers are also hard to use as decoration. I just want to hide them in stacks rather than displaying them as the art they should be. Using books and bookshelves can be a great way to accessorize your home, but when your book covers feature Fabio or kindergarten illustrations it can be difficult.
Being the nerd that I am, I am an obsessive fan of the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately, the US book covers, were not designed with adult style in mind. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate Mary GrandPré’s work, but I would prefer to have the British adult versions on my shelves.
While the covers designed by M.S. Corley are not endorsed by Warner Bros. (and he has been asked not to sell these prints), fingers crossed that Scholastic will see the value and style in these designs and use them to reissue the entire series. One can hope.
Sad news came today of Elizabeth Taylor’s passing at the age of 79. She was a true beauty, the likes of which we’ll never see again.
As a child I always thought of my Grandmother when I saw Elizabeth Taylor. My Grandmother used to wear all of her perfumes and watch her films, and in some small way resembled Mrs. Taylor. The porcelain skin, the classic dark brunette hair.
In honor of Liz, I think today I’ll roll my hair, don cat-eye eyeliner and red lipstick, and play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Cleopatra while I work.
I fell in love with this print from Stanley Chow (www.stanleychow.co.uk) that I found on FFFFound.com. Unfortunately it seems that the attorneys for Lions Gate, the company behind Mad Men has forced Stanley to stop producing these prints for sale. It’s a shame. I’d really love to have copies of his Mad Men prints. In the mean time, take a look at the other prints for sale on Stanley Chow Illustration.
Over the weekend I spent some time in Asheville, NC visiting my brother and sister-in-law while my mother was in town. Aside from the beautiful mountains, the downtown area of Asheville is one of my favorite places. The lively people, street singers and entertainers, outdoor eateries, and historic buildings are infectious.
The Basilica St. Lawrence was designed and built in 1905 by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino with architect R.S. Smith. It is the only Basilica in Western North Carolina, and is well worth visiting.
The dome of the Basilica is said to be the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. The high altar is made from marble found in Tennessee. On the front of the High Altar is a fresco painting of the Last Supper. Above the high altar in the sanctuary is a Spanish wood carving of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John.
The basilica is known for its many elaborate stained glass windows, many of which were made in Germany.
The inside of the church is adorned with statues of saints, including St. Lawrence, St. Cecilia, St. Rose of Lima, St. Patrick, and St. Peter the Apostle. The statues were made by the Daprato Statue Company in Italy.
If we hadn’t been rushed out for the mass that was about to begin, I could see myself sitting here for hours just absorbing it all. Whether you’re religious or not, the mere beauty of spaces like this have a great calming effect…breathe it in.
Today is one of those crisp, cool, winter-almost-spring days with bright sunshine that almost blinds you. While it may not be as warm as I’d like, it’s still quite beautiful. Days like today almost beg for fresh, clean interiors that allow daylight to reflect and shine. Days like today show how beautiful white-washed spaces can be. Days like today give me hope for my white-walled apartment and the blog over at Dreamy Whites serves as the perfect inspiration.
Be sure to check out www.dreamywhites.blogspot.com for all things white.