The Artwork of Jeremiah Goodman on Display

The New York Times recently called Jeremiah Goodman the “Rembrandt of Twentieth Century Homes”. I don’t disagree. In the 1940’s artist Jeremiah Goodman launched his career as a designer of print ads for the department store Lord & Taylor, but by the 1950’s he progressed to creating cover art and illustrations for premier design magazines such as Interior Design, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. He eventually became legendary for his unique dreamy artistic style focusing on the interiors of the elite.

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For the first time ever, the work of New Yorker Jeremiah Goodman is on display in Los Angeles at the West Hollywood Showroom of Dessin Fournier. Here’s a look at the opening reception. 

The exhibit showcases 55 original gouache paintings from Goodman’s 70-year career as an illustrator and includes the homes of fashion designers James Galanos and Carolina Herrera, actress Greta Garbo, the Duchess of Windsor, and Diana Vreeland, to name a few. The exhibit is already taking place and continues through Friday, June 9, 2017. To make things even more exciting is the fact that many of the paintings on display have never been seen in public before.

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The Reagan home in Beverly Hills.

Home of Academy Award winning fashion & costume designer, Edith Head.

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The Park Avenue home of Diana Vreeland, noted fashion columnist and editor.


Home of fashion designer Carolina Herrera.


Home of artist and designer Tony Duquette.

Don’t worry, if you are unable to check out the exhibit in person then how about grabbing a copy of his book. It’s an oversized book that has graced my library since it was originally released several years ago. If you are interested in the work of Goodman, this book does not disappoint! I’m sure these ladies would agree…it looks like they’re oohing and ahhing over each page! 

Images courtesy of Dessin Fournir and the Instagram of Jeremiah Goodman. 

A Mother’s Day Wish

The lack of posts lately hasn’t been intentional. But given that it is Mother’s Day weekend I wanted to pop in to honor my readers that may also be mothers. I’m not a mother myself, and that’s probably a good thing, but it gives me a great reason to a celebrate the mother’s in my life. If you’re a mom I sure hope you are pampered and spoiled rotten today! What does the day hold for you?

Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.


For me, Mother’s Day and flowers go hand in hand so I thought I would share some of the flowers that recently adorned our home. If I could, I would most definitely gift you with a bouquet or bloom to call your own. Consider the lovelies in this post a virtual gift. Happy Mother’s Day!

reviving charm at home with flowers on coffee tableThe white orchid has been sitting on the coffee table for a couple of months. The spotted orchid is a new addition that I purchased at a garden show a couple of weeks ago. I was immediately sold after seeing the combination of butter yellow and magenta (my favorite color).

I took some of my own advice which I posted about in one of my Tuesday Tips. Last weekend I pulled some branches from a front yard tree to place on the living room fireplace mantle. When in bloom, the tree provides the most beautiful purple flowers. But the interesting foliage makes for a great display any time of the year. This arrangement keeps the mantle from looking naked since it’s one of many rooms in the house that is still “in progress”.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen this picture of the entry table in our living room. It is decorated with a few of my favorite books and a pretty springtime arrangement.  decorating with books and flowers

There is one particular rose bush in the corner of the backyard garden that I ignore but it always manages to produce the most beautiful flowers. I happened to walk outside one day to find this cluster of beautiful blooming roses. I thought to myself, “when did that happen?” Luckily, I was able to notice in time to enjoy them before the blooms faded. garden roses Reviving Charm

Derby Day Festivities

Today marks the annual running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. For a majority of people in California, celebrating the Kentucky Derby is not at the forefront of their mind. I might be the one exception. There is something to be said about such a long-standing tradition and the stylish outfits people wear to the event. Plus, it’ a great excuse to celebrate and throw a great party. Each year Kentucky landscaper Jon Carloftis and his partner Dale Fisher throw a Derby-inspired party. I have to agree with Jon who recently shared with One King’s Lane that Derby day is less about horses and more about people. “There’s something about it that makes you feel like you’re celebrating with the rest of the world,” says Jon. I sure hope that when I get the chance to attend the Derby in person that I get an invitation to one of Jon and Dale’s fabulous events. It will give me a great excuse to have another custom hat made for me. But for now, I will have to celebrate across the miles…

Vintage runners line the path at Jon and Dale’s home. This is your first clue that the event is sure to be a beautiful bash.
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A couple of stylish guests arriving. Her smile is contagious, isn’t it?
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Jon Carloftis (left) and Dale Fisher enjoy the festivities. Don’t they look dapper? Jon Carloftis Dale Fisher kentucky derby party

A delicious spread of quick bites are set up inside the pool house. kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 2

The table is adorned with a bouquet of red roses paying tribute to the official flower of the Kentucky Derby since 1904. In 1925 the tradition was strengthened when New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the “Run for the Roses.” Each year the winning horse of the Derby is draped with a prestigious garland of more than 400 Freedom roses, each inserted into its own vial of water. Given that one statistic, it’s not surprising to learn that the garland weighs in at approximately 40 pounds and measures 122 inches long and 22 inches wide.
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Jon and Dale serve beverages up in style. The Old Forester Mint Julep is the official drink of the Derby. I posted the official recipe in last year’s post.kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 7kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 4

Happy Derby Day!