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Eero Saarinen Womb chair with ottoman by Knoll $900 sold at Antique Helper in 2008

New Year's Revolution

Posted: January 05, 2011 09:52 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

There’s something about wintry days that make a person see their home with new eyes. Maybe it’s all that indoor time between the holidays and the Super Bowl that spurs that itch for change. Whether you while away your weekends rearranging the furniture, or reclining on your George Nelson sofa, I’m pretty sure you’ve spent a little time envisioning how swell your living room would look with that orange chair parked in front of the picture window. Before you know it, you might find yourself brandishing a paintbrush and picking out new throw pillows.  Being the voice of...

Nick Cage creation

Fine Art Daily - January 5, 2011

Posted: January 05, 2011 06:39 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Run, do not walk, to the Norton Museum right away. You only have until January 9th to experience Nick Cave: The Tall One's eyes were opened to the possibilities of contemporary art with this exhibit. You will be amazed by the wit and charm of Cave's creations. They are like Red Hot hats on acid!

Ceramics at the Norton Museum

Fine Art Daily - January 4, 2011

Posted: January 04, 2011 06:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Happy 2011! We had a quiet New Year's Eve. Best Beloved and I shared a chilled bottle of Prosecco with Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and all those marvelous jewels along the Riviera. On Sunday we took the Tall One down to Palm Beach for a little culture. Lunch at Howley's was a bit of an eye-opener for him. He had expected an atmosphere like the Colony, I fear. Instead we tucked into our club sandwiches and tuna melt side-by-side with some well-inked characters. There was one group, just out of church, with the requisite tufted pink Chanel and a very nice Hermés, but they were the odd d...

Fine Art Daily, Christmas elves

Fine Art Daily - December 15, 2010

Posted: December 15, 2010 05:26 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 15, 2010 Our lads are not exactly 10 lords a leaping, rather a herd of elves, eagerly tumbling toward Christmas. There were a few years where we were missing one of this merry band, which caused consternation among my little decorators. It was pointed out to me that I do not disassemble the Christmas tree in a respectful, reverential manner. I do not dust each ornament and decoration. Nor do I and wrap them lovingly in acid-free tissue paper. By the time Epiphany rolls around I am the only one who cleans up all the trappings of Christmas. I employ the Grinch's method of st...

Fine Art Daily, a drove of St.  Nicks

Fine Art Daily - December 14, 2010

Posted: December 14, 2010 04:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 14, 2010 I thought everyone could use a little cup of cheer this morning, and nothing is as relentlessly cheerful as a drove of jolly old St. Nicks! My friend John reported on Facebook that he saw a crowd of 200 Santas in New York City recently. Can you imagine? All of the onlookers must have been on their best behavior and hoping that their wishes would come true. Our Santas look as if they have been dipping into my supply of Double Dog Dare Cabernet, or at least the Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre ale. Neither of those options is open to you, Gentle Reader, until the end of a ...

Fine Art Daily, Christmas tree

Fine Art Daily - December 13, 2010

Posted: December 13, 2010 04:59 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 13, 2010 What a wild morning it is! The cold front is rushing in and the cats are not happy about it at all. It is difficult to concentrate on napping when the wind is howling. Their vision of sugar plums might not include Christmas trees, but mine does. We still haven't put the tree up, though every other surface of the house is blanketed, not with snow, but with and abundance of Santas, lights, tinsel trees, pine cones, gewgaws and bibelots. As the Martha is wont to say, "vignettes" abound.

Fine Art Daily, Cup of 'Tis the Season Eggnog

Fine Art Daily - December 10, 2010

Posted: December 10, 2010 05:09 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 10, 2010 'Tis the Season Eggnog 12 eggs, separated 8 cups half and half cream 1½ cups sugar 2 cups bourbon ¾ cup brandy 1 teaspoons ground nutmeg In a large bowl and using a mixer, beat the egg yolks together with sugar until the mixture is about the color of butter. Very slowly, add in the bourbon and brandy - just a little at a time. Cool this mixture in the fridge. Thirty minutes before Charles and Camilla arrive, whip the cream until stiff, and then gently fold into into the chilled yolk mixture. In yet another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.Gently fo...

Fine Art Daily, Selfridges, Father Christmas

Fine Art Daily - December 9, 2010

Posted: December 09, 2010 05:43 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 9, 2010 Selfridges, the store that was encouraging me to spend £11 on a pink glittery reindeer the other day, does fabulous windows at Christmas. When the Pouting Princess and I were in London we were enchanted by the outlandish and creative spirits who created this window - Father Christmas dropping by for a few cocktails, in front of a wall of neon and over a floor covered with wine glasses and Champagne flutes. In other windows he arrived by Vespa, by the Tube, did the laundry and anything else he could think of to encourage good cheer. The more the merrier indeed! F...

Fine Art Daily, tasteful Christmas decorations

Fine Art Daily - December 8, 2010

Posted: December 08, 2010 04:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 8, 2010 It looks as if it is going to be a long, cold winter judging by the license plates we have seen lately. Yesterday I saw a flock of northern plates: Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Ontario, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. And that was just on my daily pilgrimage across the bridge to Publix! I received an email from Selfridge's (one of my fave stores in London) encouraging me to deck our halls with a pink plastic, glitter-covered reindeer. It was supposed to be oh so arch and clever and retro. It looked identical to ones I have seen in Martha's magazine and at Target (...

Fine Art Daily, hat and scarf, cold weather, Red Hots

Fine Art Daily - December 7 2010

Posted: December 07, 2010 04:49 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 7, 2010 Remember Pearl Harbor. And I do not want to hear one single joke today about global warming. Bundle up all you delicate, hot house Floridians! This is a hat. This is a scarf. You will figure out how to use them today! I can still remember standing at the bus stop with the Tall Boy and the Pouting Princess back in their elementary school days when it was a chilly morning, and I had to teach them the valuable lesson of "Putting Hands in Pockets". But whenever I belly-ached to my Red Hot friends about putting up with hot, hurricane-y Florida weather they would not in...

Fine Art Daily, Jan's Place Jensen Beach, Santa

Fine Art Daily - December 6, 2010

Posted: December 06, 2010 04:48 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 6, 2010 Best Beloved and I broke out of our routine yesterday and had breakfast out - at Jan's Place in Jensen Beach. Jan's has moved from pillar to post - from Jensen Beach out to Hutchinson Island and back again. We hadn't been to its current location yet, although it has been open there for almost a year, and thought the bright sunny Sunday was an excellent excuse to go load up on carbs and maple syrup. With The New York Times on the Kindle we found a nice booth, friendly waitresses, huge portions and lots of festive seasonal decorations. We drove past the restaurant a ...

Christmas greens

Fine Art Daily - December 2, 2010

Posted: December 02, 2010 05:20 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 2, 2010 I started decking the halls yesterday. The first item on my long list to be greened was the car. I like putting a simple wreath with a big red bow on the front of the car. It reminds me of New England, although it may all be part of the elaborate re-writing of my autobiography. Since I doubt if Oprah is going to give me a call, it is a fine delusion. I doubt if dour Louisa May Alcott would put greens on her Jeep, but I bet Jo March would. Fa-la-la-la-la! Follow me on Facebook - Fine Art Daily.

Fine Art Daily, orange

Fine Art Daily - December 1, 2010

Posted: December 01, 2010 05:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 1, 2010 Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit. Tibbar, tibbar, tibbar. Welcome to December! A very faithful Gentle Reader sent me this idea yesterday for a traditional Christmas decoration - an orange studded with cloves. This is an easy and aromatic way to bring some holiday cheer to your home. Meems further enhanced its visual appeal by encircling the orange with magnolia leaves, but she suggests that bay leaves work just as well. We try to assemble a few of these every Christmas, as they are relatively child-safe. There is always the danger of sore thumbs and inhalation of cloves, so be sure ...

Fine Art Daily,Christmas decorations

Fine Art Daily - November 30, 2010

Posted: November 30, 2010 04:35 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 30, 2010 Here it is — the last day of hurricane season! Unlike my more ambitious neighbors who have already decked their halls, I am just beginning to think about Christmas decorations. We dug the Advent calendar out of its Rubbermaid container before The Tall One and The Pouting Princess returned to their respective universities. But I think I will wait until tomorrow before starting in earnest. Despite all the Black Friday hubbub, it still seems a little early... Follow me on Facebook — Fine Art Daily

Lobsters on their way to the Nativity Play

Fine Art Daily - November 29, 2010

Posted: November 29, 2010 05:20 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 29, 2010 The games have begun! Here are the lobsters, racing to become the favored few in the Nativity Play. Actually, we stopped in for lunch at The Lobster House in Tequesta yesterday, plying The Tall One with a lobster roll before he sped back to the ivy-covered walls. Excellent lobster rolls and very delectable onion rings were to be had. We did not tour the fabled 10,000 gallon lobster tank, saving that spectacle for another visit. Welcome back to Monday and your office and the new, daunting stack o'work! Happy holidays! Visit me on Facebook - Fine Art Daily

Fine Art Daily, Adam and Eve Salvage, West Palm Beach

Fine Art Daily - November 23, 2010

Posted: November 23, 2010 05:19 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 23, 2010 Bickering cherubim. Just like the old days. The Tall One has returned home, and the Pouting Princess will be here tomorrow. It's funny how these little putti reminded me of them when Miss Morning Glory and I were exploring the many nooks and crannies at Adam and Eve. We pick up our bird today and tomorrow will start baking the Blessed Flourless Chocolate Cake. Enjoy your gatherings and your pumpkin pies! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fine Art Daily, Adam and Eve Salvage, West Palm Beach

Fine Art Daily - November 22, 2010

Posted: November 22, 2010 05:23 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 22, 2010 Zounds! If you need holiday gift ideas forget about Black Friday and Target and H&M. Miss Morning Glory and I did valuable field research last week, and cannot recommend the Adam and Eve Salvage Company in West Palm Beach too highly. You need to have some imagination when you clamber through the piles of balustrades and sash weights, as you comb through the stained glass, and count the pink sinks. Really, wouldn't a prie dieu kneeler look kind of nifty in the living room? Look at all the headboards from The Breakers! I just love these Grinling Gibbons lion fou...

Fine Art Daily, The Olive Tap

Fine Art Daily - November 19, 2010

Posted: November 19, 2010 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 19, 2010 Quick and Easy Garlic Bread 1 crusty baguette 1 clove peeled garlic Some excellent olive oil Shredded Parmigiano Reggiano Slice the bread through the middle, to have a top and bottom. Put on a cookie sheet and broil until the tops are lightly toasted. Let them cool for a moment. Rub the garlic over the tops until it (and your fingertips) are worn to a nubbin. Drizzle the bread with olive oil and scatter some Parmigiano over the bread in a decorative fashion before returning the bread to the oven. Don't broil it again, the cheese will just scorch. Set the temp at...

Fine Art Daily, The Fresh Market, Pammelo grapefruit

Fine Art Daily - November 17, 2010

Posted: November 17, 2010 05:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 17, 2010 I am going to continue to campaign that The Fresh Market move to Stuart, into the space formerly occupied by Stuart Fine Foods and more recently by Milam's. Because we need to be exposed to the finer things of life. Who knew that grapefruit could grow to the size of basketballs? Look at these Pummelo Grapefruit! Don't you think your life would be richer if you had a neighborhood grocery store where you could amble through the produce department, harvesting cranberries from a miniature bog, and then practice your free throw with the Pummelos? The possibilities are...

Cranberry bog at The Fresh Market

Fine Art Daily - November 16, 2010

Posted: November 16, 2010 04:51 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Best Beloved remarked as we paused to look at this display at The Fresh Market that, "Presentation is everything." Exactly. Why buy those cans of cranberry jelly for your Thanksgiving feast when you can zip up to Vero Beach and harvest your cranberries from a small bog? Back in day, when we were living in North Carolina, I did the illustrations for The Fresh Market's weekly ads. It's nice that they have made inroads in Florida, although the hour-longdrive to Vero is a bit of a stretch for cranberries. Would someone tell them about the empty Stuart Fine Foods/Milam's store space? Then we co...

Fine Art Daily, Ladbroke Grove, red door, Caroline DeCamp Benn

Fine Art Daily - November 15, 2010

Posted: November 15, 2010 05:01 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 15, 2010 It's Guy Fawkes Day! Here is a nice, cold, wet and rainy London day for you to enjoy. It happens to be the house in Ladbroke Grove where Caroling DeCamp Benn Lived and worked from 1932 - 2000. ( I was more taken by the gleaming red paint on the door, that was reflected back in the wet pavement. Please visit to find out how you can contribute your recycling materials to the important upcoming EcoArt project! All those empty wine bottles and pizza boxes you don't want the neighbors to see? They can become art!

Turkey for placecard

Fine Art Daily - November 10, 2010

Posted: November 10, 2010 05:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 10, 2010 Here is a Thanksgiving craft for you! Place cards which will set the tone for your Thanksgiving meal. Print the PDF on card stock, cut out on the dotted lines, fold, inscribe with your best penmanship and arrange judiciously. Gobble-gobble! (If you are reading this on line and want the PDF, email me at

Fine Art Daily, cranberry jelly

Fine Art Daily - November 9, 2010

Posted: November 09, 2010 05:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 9, 2010 This is not verisimilitude. This is food that has been styled. Cranberry jelly is another one of the last minute items thrown onto the Thanksgiving table just as I am peeling my fingerprints from the roasting pan in my annual attempt at mastering gravy prep. Perhaps I will add it to the Tall One's responsibilities this year - although I wouldn't want to interrupt the flow of his mashed potato concentration. Once he grasped the concept that cream makes all the difference in the mashing process he has gone to town with the potatoes - which are surely more important t...

Fine Art Daily, green beans

Fine Art Daily - November 8, 2010

Posted: November 08, 2010 05:46 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 8, 2010 Here are green beans in an almost natural state - before those Thanksgiving cooks get their anxious little hands on them and boil them down to a gray, congealing mass, covered with canned mushroom soup and French's fried onions. When I do remember the green beans (there have been a couple of Thanksgivings when the Beaujolais Nouveau caught up with me) I try to cook them in a flash; steamed for just a couple of minutes, before slipping them into a Revere bowl, when they are a bright spring green and crisp as an apple. If someone offers to bring the green beans to y...

Chocolate Pie á la Ken

Fine Art Daily - November 5, 2010

Posted: November 05, 2010 05:54 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

t's Food Friday! We have to keep it simple today since some of the Gentle Readers will be gearing up for the scrum at the H&M opening in Palm Beach. (Charles and Camilla are going,too. I'm on deadline, so I hope they bring me something nice!) I have raised a family of renegades. They do not like pumpkin pie. They do not like pecan pie. They do not like apple pie. At birthdays they demand Boston Cream Pie, and at Thanksgiving they expect Chocolate Pudding Pie á la Ken. It is a secret family recipe, rather like Rice Krispies Treats. Be sure to sigh, and dust yourself with flour...

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