The art of reinvention is a delicate dance, often spurred by the need to maneuver away from the formula that has always worked. For painter Georgia O’Keeffe, the loss of her eye sight at the age of eighty-five paralyzed any ability to take brush to canvas. Outside inspiration from an unlikely source and a new medium set the stage for her renaissance as an artist, recognized by Sotheby’s at an upcoming auction titled Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage. Art history buffs and decorative arts collectors alike will be delighted with the sale’s offerings.
I am often asked if I make dinner every evening—the short answer is absolutely not. Who has time for that? While I do cook very often, we are not sitting down to a homemade meal seven nights a week at Chez Muffy. I have a repertoire of recipes that suit our palates and enjoy trying new dishes quite a bit too. I whip up about four to five dinners a week when my husband is in town and if it’s just us gals, Louisa and I love an easy salad and pasta spread or cocktail party food such as cheese, olives, and a fresh baguette. She’s her mother’s daughter!
Dust off your virtual paddles, dear readers! Across the pond, Christie’s and guest curator Petra Palumbo are offering an exquisite online fine dining auction featuring 55 unique lots. Each piece, ranging from Dior-designed plates to Chinese Export porcelain, provides hostesses (and hosts!) the opportunity to mix prints, patterns, and decades for a thoroughly elegant spread.
Good tidings to you, dear readers! Do you still have Christmas gifts to get? If so, I have some different ideas for you. This list is a bit of a departure from most blogger guides as I do not use affiliate links—most of these recommendations are tried and true picks that you can trust I purchase for my own friends and family. I’m also wary of promoting excess consumerism, instead I’m hoping to support small enterprises and champion creative endeavors that will delight this holiday season. There are price points for just about everyone on your list, too. So without further ado, release the reindeers!