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    Black Monday Season Two Takes the 80s Aesthetic to Another Level – Architectural Digest - July 2, 2020 by admin

    Another new set this time around is the office of the TBD Group, the investment firm known in season one at the Jammer Group. Last time, Mo Monroe (played by Don Cheadle) was at the helm, but now his former partner Dawn Towner (Regina Hall) has taken over, along with Blair Pfaff (Andrew Rannells) and a team of women. We wanted to lighten it up and make it much more inviting, says Contestabile, who looked to a book called Office Book: Ideas and Designs for Contemporary Work Space by Judy Graf Klein for this set. That meant removing the pencils stuck in the ceiling, cigarettes, and beer cans, first and foremost.

    All of the chairs in the TBD Group were from this one place going out of business, says Contestabile.

    Colorwise, it was grays and browns and dark greens for season one. For season two we went with pastel pinks, mauves, and light grays, he says. I actually found a swatch book of vintage mini blinds that had a bunch of colors in there, and I went through and picked out the colors of the new TBD Group based on that. It was a funny way to pull colors. They added a pink carpet throughout, a sofa from Galerie Sommerlath in the lounge area, Vintage on Point boomerang sofas in the lobby, repurposed green chairs around a marbleized conference table, some pieces from Casa Victoria Vintage Furniture, and, of course, plants, says Contestabile. They did not exist outside of Dawns office in season one.

    Though the show mainly takes place in New York, there's a brief trip to Miami this season, where Dawn (Regina Hall, right) visits Mo (Don Cheadle) at his pink-and-orange hotel room.

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    Blairs office was another favorite space for Contestabile. Within the pink and feminine TBD Group, his workspace is outfitted in a palette of red, black, and gray. We had fun thinking Blair would probably make his office aggressively male. You knowjust to compensate.

    Blairs office was Mos office in season onewe really redesigned it and rearranged it to make it feel like a new space, says Contestabile.

    Each setlike each characteris a colorful representation of both the best and worst aspects of the decade. There's excess to a fault, sure, but as Wilson says, it is a world full of over-the-top, lush, colorful textures, which wouldnt be the worst thing in the world to make a comeback.

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    How just one item can create a focal point in a room and even spark a conversation – Irish Examiner - July 2, 2020 by admin

    Last year we had the statement chair, a sleek designer number set apart from our comfy sofas as an expression of our taste in design, and quite incomplete without the essential accompaniment of a footstool.

    For 2020, statement-making in interiors has expanded to just about anything we like as long as it draws the eye towards it in the way a fireplace or television dominating a room would typically have done in the past.

    Fashion designer Ted Baker's Pearl Grey rug (from 479 at

    It doesnt necessarily have to be a piece of furniture, nor even something outsize that draws the eye by scale alone. It could be something as simple as an accessory, a lamp, soft furnishings or some occasional furniture; even a cheeky little object picked up on holiday or while rummaging through a second-hand shop.

    A little virtual shopping expedition threw up a few in vogue suggestions from the pricey to purse-friendly, but if youre worried about something not working, remember the words of the legendary American interior decorator Bunny Williams: If you love something it will work, that is the only real rule.

    Once confined to crusty Scottish baronial piles, tartan is having a moment in interiors, although its hard to envisage translating it into a suitable look for the more modern and sometimes compact home without turning it into the set of Outlander.

    Someone who does it with style, however, is Ralph Lauren. Famed for his chic coastal-inspired interiors, his navy blue tartan wool pocket square blanket is a sophisticated take on tartan -99 at but if you want drama, Jean Paul Gaultier might just be your man.

    Not only does he reference tartan in his couture collections and loves to gad about in a kilt, his furniture collection for Roche Bobois includes sofas and ottomans bedecked in the print (price according to size and fabric).

    Floor art Nothing pulls a room together quite like a rug which these days goes beyond traditional pattern to take on an arty finish.

    Ted Baker is another example of fashion designer-turned-interior designer, producing a rug collection including the Pearl Grey (from 479 at Its an outsize floral with a contemporary painterly quality with just enough plain grey in one corner to site a table off centre.

    Speaking of tables, our favourite place to site drinks and newspapers in the living room, and even to raise tired feet, tends to be the coffee table, and hasnt it come a long way from the rectangular shape which has always made it look like a mini-version of the dining table?

    Eclectic yet functional design alternatives come in the shape of the covetable Bonaldo Pebble by Mattias Demacker (583 at with red and white or white and black finishes combining curvaceous futuristic design with handy storage.

    The ongoing love of shady tones sitting between the extremes of black and white means grey is now considered a neutral, so not much scope for making a statement with it. Or so I thought.

    Spotting Made.coms Herman three-seater sofa in finch grey cotton, it comes with the surprise of an eye-catching shadowy tonal blot of dark grey on a lighter-hued back cushion (700).This chic black cane and velvet seated chair is from Interiosity (495).

    But just as I thought the overexposed statement chair wasnt worth considering here, up pops a beauty made of black cane on a matching wooden frame with grey velvet seat which wouldnt go amiss in a modern home.

    So, if youve ever thought cane to be outdated, this one from Interiosity (495) might change your mind.

    Cushion soft Adding finishing touches to a room calls for the arrival of soft furnishings, in particular ever-useful cushions. The Foliage design from M&S (30) blends several on-trend colours - yellow, orange and pink but in muted form so they work together and make the necessary statement to draw the eye without being in your face.

    IKEA has the large Nabbfly cushion cover (4) offering some tropical fun to brighten up a plain sofa or even a dated one for the summer season.

    For a little fun Ikea has this eye-catching banana-shaped ornament (10).

    The Scandinavian retailer, noted for its pared-back and streamlined designs, is injecting some fun into accessorising with the vivid yellow Kuperad ornament (10).

    Shaped like a bunch of reclining bananas and looking particularly authentic at that, it serves no function other than to attract attention and elicit a comment, if not a laugh.

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    The Secrets of Luxury House Staging Specialists Expand From Los Angeles to Houston – PaperCity Magazine - July 2, 2020 by admin

    When house hunting, in particular among uninhabited homes, it can be challenging for potential buyers to imagine what living in the space would look like. Savvy real estate agents long ago began advising homeowners how to scale down their tchotchkes and personal belongings in order to make a better impression on buyers. And then, in a stroke of genius, they started staging empty homes.

    A few paintings here, a sofa and area rug there. It began minimally with just enough furnishings and accessories to stimulate a bit of intrigue. Then came full-blown staging. With todays multi-million-dollar spec homes on the market, the trend has quickly become furnishing to the hilt, including pricey artwork. And now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, home tours are going virtual, which makes staging all the more important to home seekers.

    That is the niche that Walker Wright of Walker Wright Abodes hopes to conquer with its recent move to Houston from its home base in Los Angeles, where his firm continues with interior design, staging, and photographic styling. The expansion to Houston was partly motivated by business and partly by the fact that Wrights partner is a native Houstonian.

    My portfolio and background from living and working in Los Angeles kept me busy in high-end, high-fashion prop and photo styling, which led me into taking on personal interior design clients, Wright tells PaperCity. I then took those skills and applied them to my advantage in the home-staging world because of the countless hours spent photo styling and working with interiors-photographers in L.A.

    I learned and understand the best angles and spacing and proportions etc I know what will look in print and how to portray a homes unique and beautiful features or hide them.

    Wrights plan for the Lone Star State is marrying the glam from Los Angeles with the timeless look that Houston shows so well showing beautiful spec houses with high-end design.

    While working on a massive project for Cisco Home in Round Top, Wright landed the staging task for 38 Carolane Trail in Bunker Hill. Brookstone Homes built the 6,266-square-foot dwelling thats listed for $3,395,000 with Compass agent Caroline Bean.

    In furnishing the public areas of the five-bedroom house, Wright collaborated with his partners mother, decorator Cindy Witmer, whose design store provided accessories and some furnishings. Among the notable brands included in the staging were Cisco Home, Kuhl-Linscomb, Noir, Kelly Wearstler, CWD Studio + Home, and many others, as well as art from Laura Rathe Fine Art.

    The natural, casual California theme of the design can be seen in the study, mudroom, game room, upstairs and downstairs utility rooms, climate-controlled wine room, and home office. While theres neither staging nor fancy cars in the garage, we have to mention that there is ample space for three cars.

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    How To Find Your Passion AND Profitability In Your Small Business – Forbes - July 2, 2020 by admin


    As a kid, I was always told that when I grew up, I should do what I loved. But I was also told that I needed to choose a career path that would actually make money.

    Sometimes, especially when youre a kid, those two things dont seem to go together. It can feel that way as an entrepreneur, too. If you love hiking, can you really make that into a profitable business idea?

    The good news is that you can find a balance between passion and profitability with practically any business idea even if it doesnt seem like it at first. Heres how you can get it done.

    Finding the intersection of love and profit begins in the planning stages. Youll have a hard time making these changes later on! Think things through now so you dont get stuck in a less than ideal situation later.

    Start by looking at all the things you love to do. Add to this by making a list of things youre good at, or the things that excite you. Then, take a look at possible related opportunities that you could use to earn money.

    Sometimes, these lists will cross over in obvious ways. Maybe you love to paint in your spare time, thanks to talent youve already developed by working as a graphic designer. Other times, these lists wont seem to have much in common. Your mastery of Fortnite probably doesnt seem like a marketable skill, but then again, some people have made millions of dollars this way.

    Dig deep and think creatively when looking at the list of your skills, interests and passions. A Google search could help you find ideas and opportunities related to these areas. The right approach can help you turn even a normal hobby into a profitable activity with a workable business model.

    Still not sure how to get started? Answer these 33 questions from our Brandshrink about your business and youll be much closer to finding this intersection.

    Making a list of your skills, hobbies and passions is a good start, but a jack of all trades rarely makes a lot of money in todays market. Instead of trying to funnel EVERYTHING into a single business and trying to reach a ton of different people, hone in on the ONE idea you are most excited about.

    Starting your business idea with a clear focus will make your life infinitely easier. What do you want to do? What do you want to accomplish with your business? This focus informs everything you do even who you talk to, what you say and when or where you say it.

    This became especially clear to me during a recent conversation with Moha Ou Said Boughazi, founder and CEO of Top Desert. Our family has a passion for our native culture that of the nomadic Berbers in Morocco. We wanted to help others understand our heritage what makes us a beautiful people, Boughazi explained.

    So, when we started offering desert tours, this became a big focus of our trips. We wanted this to be a true, authentic cultural experience. Naturally, that influences what we do and say on the tours themselves, and it also affects how we market ourselves. This focus on sharing our culture guides everything we do.

    While focusing on something that you love and feel passionate about is a great start, your best bet for ensuring that your idea will actually turn a profit is to spend some time in your customers shoes. You cant forget who youre selling to!

    Sure, you can spend countless hours looking at what your competitors are doing, but just because everyone else is doing it, doesnt mean its the best way to figure out what your customers want.

    Im talking about really getting into your customers shoes. Not just paying this idea lip service, but really doing it. Pretending that youre the customer and that youre shopping for your service will give you better insights than anything else you can do.

    I had a friend who wanted to become an interior decorator, specifically with the focus of helping real estate agents stage homes attractively so they could sell faster. As part of this, she wanted to set up a website. But as Ive seen time and time again, not all websites are created equal.

    So, I gave her a tip Ive shared with others: look at your competitors websites as if you were a customer trying to buy their services. And she did. What she found was that a lot of interior designers basically fill up their website with portfolio pictures, but dont offer much in the way of useful information like rates and specific services offered especially since not all interior designers focus on real estate staging.

    This helped her realize that to get customers, she needed to make it easier for them to know if her business was a good fit. Cutting down the number of photos on her site, providing short (but detailed) explanations for her services and listing rates helped her own her niche and get more contacts from potential clients.

    Still think you cant balance passion and profitability? The pathway to success might be challenging, but its far from impossible. By putting in the necessary work early on, youll be able to do what you love, and actually make a living from doing it.

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    If youre ever tempted to trust a man, Lifetime movies can fix that for you – The A.V. Club - July 2, 2020 by admin

    Once In A LifetimeIn Once In A Lifetime, Katie Rife charts the many melodramatic ways things can go awry in a Lifetime Original Movie

    Husbands are but one star in the firmament of people who will betray you in a Lifetime movie, but as far as relationships go, marriage is possibly the most fraught. Its an intimate relationship, making the violation all the more profound when the inevitable deception is revealed. You can sense this vulnerability just in the titles of Lifetime films about spouses hiding horrifying secrets: Stranger In My Bed. In Bed With A Killer. The Familiar Stranger. The Stranger Beside Me. And then theres the sobering reality that husbands are a leading cause of death for their wives, making an abusive partner a far more visceral threat than, say, a homicidal interior decorator.

    Domestic violence as TV-movie kitsch floats in the same problematic pool as all murder-for-entertainment propertiesspecifically, the deep end also occupied by Dateline and your various Investigations Discovery. Those shows so often turn out the same way that The Husband Did It T-shirts are all over Etsy. And theres a similar inevitability when a younger man with Ken-doll good looks, or an older man who has everything except for love, is introduced in the first act of a Lifetime movie with the words stranger, secrets, or betrayal in the title. (Theyre not all as forthright as I Almost Married A Serial Killer, which gives you the plot of the movie up front.) But given the real-life ubiquity of family violence, these films have to go way over the top to vault over squirming discomfort into howling camp.

    This is especially true of 1995s The Stranger Beside Me, not to be confused with Ann Rules famous true-crime book about working at a suicide hotline with Ted Bundy. This ones also based on a true story, about a Texas housewife named Linda Bergstrom whose repeated attempts to report her husband as a serial rapist were ignored by both the U.S. Navy and local police. Opening with the title in yellow cursive script over generic country-western twang, the movie embodies the wholesome mid-90s aesthetic of delicate floral prints and pearl chokersand thats before Alyson Hannigan shows up in a bridesmaid dress that looks like its made out of Fruit Roll-Ups.

    Tiffani Thiessen stars as Lindas stand-in Jennifer Gallagher, who at the beginning of the film meets what seems like a nice young man at a church picnic. Over the next hour or so, Jennifer gets married, moves to California with her husband, Chris (Eric Close), squirms uncomfortably at the other Navy wives sex talk at a bustling honky tonk, and ignores a series of glaringly obvious red flags that include Chris petulant response to Jennifers very valid anger at him for missing the birth of their first child. (I was busy, he says, unable to make eye contact.) That last offense is dramatized in the form of a montage whose combination of self-seriousness and low-budget ineptitude would normally prompt a derisive snort. Which it does, but not without a heavy undercurrent of guilt, given that the film juxtaposes Jennifer in the delivery room with Chris attacking a woman in her bedroom.

    As a viewer, the feeling you get watching all these warning signs pile up is a lot like the frustration of seeing a co-ed go into the woods alone in a slasher moviewhich isnt entirely coincidental. The Stranger Beside Me was director Sandor Sterns 20th TV movie, but aside from co-writing the 1979 basketball comedy Fast Break, when his work did make it to the big screen, it was in horror: He wrote the screenplay for The Amityville Horror (1979), and his sole feature-film output as a director was 1988s Pin. Stern shoots Chris like a slasher villain, lurking in shadows with a beam of light shining over his beady eyes and letting his face fall from a fake smile to an evil scowl when Jennifer turns her back. (Think of the lead performance in Silent Night, Deadly Night 2, and youre in the ballpark.) Not only that, but the last third of the film transforms Jennifer from a helpless victim into a final girl, sticking around just long enough after learning Chris is a predatory sociopath to collect evidence damning enough that even Chris buddies on the police force cant protect him anymore.

    Another parallel between Lifetime movie abusers and slasher villains is the overwhelming sameness of these menin looks, personality, and tactics. Theyre all clean-cut, which makes them appealing to all but the most intuitive friends and relatives. Theyre all able to put on a superficially charming act, further isolating their victims when those they tell about the abuse respond with, But hes such a nice guy! Theyre possessive, defensive, moody, belittling, and skilled at making themselves out to be the victimall strategies of mental and emotional abuse. Most of all, theyre crushingly mediocre, and deep in their narcissistic hearts, they know it.

    Fatal Honeymoon (2012) offers up a relatively specific, but perfectly emblematic version of the phenomenon. Its cold-blooded killer, Gabe (Billy Miller), is a marginally good-looking, muscle-bound Alabama frat boy whose interests include football, deep-sea diving, and badgering his fiance, Tina (Amber Clayton), about whether shes signed the life insurance paperwork yet. Gabe is a model of abuser logic throughout the film, gaslighting Tina, isolating her from her friends and family, and pressuring her into doing things shes not comfortable with. Tina is afraid of the water, and isnt even that good of a swimmer. But Gabe presses her into going diving on the Great Barrier Reef for their honeymoon anywayone of many reasons why its suspicious as hell when she drowns mid-dive.

    That film is also based on a true story, which accounts for the specificity of the characterization. By contrast, however, the paint-by-number nature of director Nadia Tass filmmaking gives Fatal Honeymoon a kitsch quality that not even co-star Harvey Keitel, who did this Lifetime original in between shooting Moonrise Kingdom and the Romanian WWII drama A Farewell To Fools, can overcome. Generally, its a mothers intuition that saves the day in a Lifetime movie. But in Fatal Honeymoon its Keitels grouchy, Sinatra-loving father-in-law who uncovers Gabe plot to murder his daughter, following a trail of clues from Alabama to Australia in an attempt to prove that the son-in-law he never liked anyway is actually a murderer. Keitel puts on his best Alabama accent, but the movie around him is so lackluster that he comes across older and more ineffective in Fatal Honeymoon than he does in films shot years later. As for why he did a movie so cheap that most of the exposition takes place in cars and sparsely furnished living rooms, well, free trip to Australia, maybe?

    But for all its flaws, Fatal Honeymoon offers such a clear-cut lesson in how abusers behave that it points to the socially redeeming qualityif youre interested in that sort of thingof this particular variety of made-for-TV trash. Even otherwise forgettable Lifetime movies, like the recent A Boyfriends Deceit (2018), are full of melodramatic dramatizations of things to look out for if your daughter, friend, coworker, cousin, or neighbor is in a new relationship with a guy who your gut says is bad news. Confronted by his girlfriend, Annie (Emily Rose), after shes detained and questioned by police who find a bloody knife just chilling in the backseat of his car, the boyfriend of the title pouts, I can only say sorry so many times! An absurd thing to say in response to a reasonable question about why the hell you have a bloody knife in your car, to be sure. But its also a great example of weaponized guilt and denial.

    That being said, Lifetime movies are less emotionally intelligent when it comes to dramatizing why victims stay in abusive relationships. Presented with horror-movie flourishes and delivered in an over-the-top acting style, the abuse in these films is obviousunlike the more insidious machinations of real life. When we fast-forward through the grooming and the gaslighting to get to the dramatic stuff, our sympathy gets tied up in the victims eventual wish-fulfillment triumph, not her all-too-realistic suffering. Such is the case with the reverse-Misery tale Her Perfect Spouse (2004), directed by Lifetime staple Douglas Jackson. Co-star Michael Riley bears such a strong resemblance to Twin Peaks villain BOB that you know his character, mystery novelist Ty Kellington, is going to bring radio producer Lisa (Tracy Nelson) nothing but misery. And indeed, Ty does turn out to be another generic Lifetime narcissist, whose only distinguishing quality is that hes jealous of his wifes success at work.

    Over the past 30 years, careers have become increasingly important for Lifetime heroines, who tend to have the same types of jobsarchitect, newspaper columnist, bakery owneras their rom-com counterparts. That reflects changing social mores, of course, but it also adds a narrative shortcut to a Lifetime screenwriters quiver; when a concerned parent or sibling doesnt make sense for the plot, a loyal employee or trusted coworker will do. And even housewives in these movies may find an ally in their husbands assistant or at a volunteer gigtake Janice Mitchell (Judith Light), who proves that men are a bad idea even when youre not married to them in perhaps the most entertaining movie discussed herein, 1995s Lady Killer, which premiered on CBS before making its way to Lifetime.

    Although the movie came out in 1995, the specific variety of aspirational identity Light representswhite, blond, thin, moneyed, into jogging and sophisticated cultural markers like classical musicis a hangover from the decade of Dynasty and Polo Ralph Lauren. She should be irritatingly perfect, but Janice is actually a sympathetic and likable character. Lights hair does a lot of the dramatic heavy lifting in this film, sitting neatly pinned into place or falling out in messy chunks depending on her mental state at the time. But Light, best known either for her runs on One Life To Life and Whos The Boss?, also has more dramatic chops than some of her Lifetime peers. She brings a certain poignancy to moments like the scene where her husband leaves her alone at her own birthday party, or the dramatic monologue where she lays out the aimlessness she feels now that her daughter, Sharon (Tracey Gold), is away at college.

    That rootless feeling is what drives Janice to begin a passionate, soapy (literallythey take a lot of baths together) affair with Guy (Jack Wagner), a much younger plastic surgeon. Guys sociopathy and narcissism are, again, utterly banal, save for one distinguishing characteristic that drives the plot. This time around, its a mommy complex. Things begin to go bad when Janice cancels a weekend getaway with Guy because her husband, Ross (Ben Masters), returned early from a business trip, prompting him to express his fury by drawing a sad face on a prescription pad. He retaliates with a mid-movie sexual assault that, to both Lights and director Steven Schachters credit but not to the audiences pleasure, is actually quite disturbing. But after this sobering brush with reality, the plot gets outrageous once again after Janice and Ross retreat to the family lake house so Janice can recuperate.

    Its here, draped in homespun quilts and framed by rustic wood paneling, that Lady Killer accomplishes what many Lifetime movies about bad men cannotclearing the bar of real-life trauma and ascending into high camp. Not long after Janice and Ross arrival, Sharon arrives with her new boyfriend in tow. Its Guy, showing a dedication to revenge that would make Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction proud. Ross likes him, inexplicably; Janice is within her rights to hate the guy based on the age gap alone (seriously, its mortifying), but when he hisses to her, Youre much better in bed than your daughter, Janiceand the audienceknow its time to take care of this psycho for good. Its a torrid tale with a simple, satisfying ending, and any lingering guilt over the affair is burned away when Janice pushes that asshole off of a lighthousesomething more than a few moms in the audience would probably like to do to their daughters boyfriends, even if they hadnt had sex with them first.

    Next time: Unless its an issue film about coming out, the Lifetime channel tends to be, to paraphrase Edith Massey, sickeningly heterosexual. But that doesnt mean a woman cant ruin another womans life.

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    Where is Say I Do Filmed? Where Are the Wedding Venues Located? – The Cinemaholic - July 2, 2020 by admin

    Netflixs Say I Do is a celebration of love that transcends all societal boundaries. It is a testament to couples who overcome their obstacles and decide to have a dream wedding. The best part is that they dont have to do any of the planning. Three experts, Gabriele Bertaccini, the chef, Thai Nguyen, the fashion designer, and Jeremiah Brent, the interior decorator, ensure that everything goes to plan. Naturally, the couples we see are all over the US, and different splendid destinations are chosen for the ceremonies. However, Say I Do was filmed quite a bit in secret, which might make you wonder about the locations. Weve got you covered.

    The best part about Say I Do is that the wedding destination is the primary filming location. Among the places we see in the series is the Drees Pavilion at 790 Park Ln, Covington, Kentucky. It is one of the most popular wedding destinations and offers a fantastic view overlooking the skylines of Cincinnati and Covington. Marcus and Tiffany tie the knot here.

    Some of the dream weddings also take place in Cincinnati, Ohio. For example, Nikko and Amber get married at The Phoenix on 812 Race St, Cincinnati. Besides being equipped to handle intimate ceremonies and larger gatherings, the venue is perfect with multiple rooms to choose from, and hands-on event staff to ensure that the wedding takes place without a hitch. Joe and Kerrys Gatsby themed wedding also takes place at the same destination. Of course, the romantic balconies and the Archway Ballroom makes it popular among couples looking to start a new life together.

    Mattie and Melvin get married at The Summit in Madisonville. We see the wedding taking place on the rooftop. The Vice President of operations spoke about it, saying that it is one of the hotels highest honors to help a couple celebrate love, via a wedding ceremony. The Summit is a part of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts network and opened in 2018. It is at 5345 Medpace Way.

    Jason and Jonathan have a beautiful wedding in a rustic setting, which is theStone Creek Lodge at Crawfordsville, Indiana. Everyone who saw the property when it was starting, commented on how it would make for a great wedding venue. The proprietors decided to capitalize on the popularity of barn weddings and even added a building so that other events can be hosted at the location as well.

    Essie and Bruce also have their unique barn wedding at the 3 Fat Labs Estate Wedding & Event Barn in Greencastle, Indiana. The venue offers a sophisticated country-style retreat where couples can enjoy perfect views with the vibrance of nature and backdrops that make the day truly special for lovebirds.

    Say I Do has made use of picturesque locations, which have been turned into something magical, thanks to the experts. With everybody pitching in, the weddings are perfect, and the couples can start a new chapter of their lives with hope and love in their hearts.

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    In Conversation with India Hicks – Cherwell Online - July 2, 2020 by admin

    Although having enjoyed a varied career, India Hicks is perhaps best known for two things: her eponymous lifestyle brand (now defunct), and being Prince Charles goddaughter and the bridesmaid to Princess Diana at the 1981 wedding, watched by 750 million people. Second-cousin to the Prince, she is the daughter of David Hicks renowned interior decorator and Lady Pamela Hicks, daughter of Louis Mountbatten 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was assassinated by an IRA bomb in 1979.

    Raised in Oxfordshire and attending boarding school in Scotland, Indias was an upbringing more traditional than her perhaps unexpected later relocation to the Bahamas, where she has lived for the past 24 years with her husband and their five children. Since closing her lifestyle brand in 2019, India has become increasingly dedicated to charity work, presently supporting her Bahamian community following a devastating hurricane in early September and of course the more recent outbreak of coronavirus, which has overwhelmed the area she calls home.

    Speaking with India on Skype, she tells me that from a young age she was taught the importance of supporting those less fortunate in both the local and global community: Ive always done as much as I can; we were brought up to give back. I have grandparents who set a very good example of that. India took with her this proclivity for charitable work when she relocated to the Bahamas in 1996: Every year here, I would bike a hundred miles in a bike race, raising money for breast cancer in the Bahamas which is very prevalent here in the Bahamas because of a gene in Black African women to have this predisposition to have breast cancer. Indeed, India and her husband adopted their child Wesley after his Bahamian mother and aunt died from the disease.

    It was in September 2019 that a devastating hurricane hit the surrounding islands and destroyed two neighbouring communities. Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, was the most intense cyclone on record to have struck the Bahamas, and is estimated to have cost almost $3.4 billion in damage. Sitting on the advisory board of the Global Empowerment Mission, India says that she following the coinciding closure of her business had the ability and the time to get very involved in the efforts to support her fellow islanders in the wake of the disaster.

    To the foreign eye, India acknowledges that poverty and the effects of such disasters are masked by sunshine and pink sand beaches, whereas in England its grey skies. She tells me that people are distracted by the beauty of the idyllic island the foamy coastline, leaning palm trees, cloudless blue sky. But 60% of the homes in Abaco were damaged or destroyed; the power grid serving the entirety of the islands was ruined. For several days, much of the island including its airport was underwater.

    I went out with them first [relief workers from the Global Empowerment Mission] to Abaco, and they were doing very interesting things; for example, taking batteries so that people couldactually get their phones charged in order to call people to let them know that they were still alive Disaster relief work is very immediate. Theres the immediate horror of whats happening and then it disappears off, and people get very distracted by the next thing: its a bushfire in Australia, or there is a flood in India, or there is an earthquake in Sri Lanka. I wanted the attention to stay on the Bahamas because the work had hardly even begun. Were coming up to a year later and people are still living in tents; there is still no power; the government is still fairly ineffectual when it comes to those hurricane victims.

    Though India built a social media following (some 223k followers) promoting her branded fashion items and sharing aesthetic glimpses of her life flitting between England and the Bahamas, she recognised immediately that her platform could and should be utilised to promote her charitable efforts: I realised that I was lucky enough to have built some following from a social media standpoint, and suddenly there was some point to the social media which was being able to tell these stories I think people were ready to listen, so I was able to raise money as well as get a message out.

    If were living in an age where social media has such an importance, then lets use it if we can. The disappointing part of this, of course, is that people are much more interested in my dog, and my daughter making donuts than they are in the charity work we do so I try to come at it from a slightly different point of view. Im now trying to think more creatively about the messaging of it all but you have to be very careful that its not all me, me, me. And, yet, the way that were able to raise moneyis through me talking about it. So I feel slightly conflicted there.

    By experiencing first-hand the effects of the hurricane on her community, India describes feeling that she had been given a new job a new purpose; she tells me about the importance of communicating stories when asking for peoples donations, emphasising the significance ofhow requests for help are conveyed in relation to securing contributions: Its finding ways of finessing stories in order to keep coming back to the same audience and asking for more.

    While the Bahamas might sound an exotically far away location to the British reader, the desolation of the hurricane couldnt have been closer to home for India, who described the aftermath as happening right on my doorstep literally. At the end of my drive, there are families who have been so affected by the tourism economy closing down overnight that there are a staggering amount of families who can no longer feed themselves.

    But as the devastation caused by the disaster are localised, so too are relief efforts: India leads a team which was drawn from residents of the community, each contributing skills to the operation of a wide-spread aid effort. India herself sits-in on discussions with their local MP, church and school authorities, and the local councils.

    Indias close involvement in the organisation of efforts to rebuild the island and support its inhabitants, she says, is crucial: If Im asking someone to donate money whether it be $20 or $20,000 I am able to assure that person I can hear the decisions that are being made; I get out at 6:30am on a Saturday and Im there packing the bags; I see the church vehicles going out; I see the recipients I see the process from beginning to end When you give us your dollars, I can account for it. I know where every cent is going theres transparency from beginning to end.

    However, being so intimately affiliated with the community her and her team work to restore, she has come across the moral complexities of charity work: It becomes really difficult when it comes down to the need versus the want who wants the food bag, who needs the food bag. A fair means of decision seems to be that the leaders of the islands churches decide who most urgently needs the food and supplies provided by Indias team.

    The recent wake of COVID-19 added to the Bahamian devestation: with a significant proportion of the island relying on the profits from tourism and travel, the necessary halt of tourist footfall to the islands is perhaps a lesser-considered effect of the pandemic: Im daily having conversations with people about when the borders will open; when the tourists will be back; when do we think the food bank needs to be teamed until?; when will life get back to normal?

    While the residents of the islands are keen to see tourists return, bringing with them much-needed revenue, India reflects on her own situation amidst the uncertainty of travel. Considering herself a global sort of person, India has children at school in the UK, the US, and a mother and family in England. Suddenly, I feel much more remote, she says; much more isolated than I have for the twenty-four years [of living in the Bahamas] it makes me very nervous that I may have to make tougher decisions about when I get to see my mother and if Im able to freely travel and come back and forth.

    Reflecting on her childhood in Oxfordshire, India considers how it might be if she were isolating with her family back in the UK: If I lived in Oxford, I wouldnt have this innate fear, because I would be in a much bigger country, my mother would be two fields away, my kids could possibly go to college somewhere in England. But, because weve built a global life for ourselves, I am fearful what the future holds My fear is that I have taken travel for granted. Ive taken the fact that I live in the Bahamas, but can nip on a flight at a fairly reasonable price over to England. Ive seen the world like that that it is so global, that it is so easy to travel. And now, suddenly, that is probably going to be removed the luxury of being able to travel when I want.

    India spoke of the precariousness of the situation how she feels that shes blindly finding [my] way forward, because nobody knows when the effects of the closures will ease-up. Really, weve been doing a lot of work in raising awareness and raising money. The challenges are there, of course as its global, its very hard. But she continues to work hard to alleviate the twofold devastation of the hurricane and COVID-19 on her community, and she along with her fellow Bahamians will undoubtedly celebrate when travel resumes.

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    The Sopranos: 10 Of Paulie’s Funniest Quotes, Ranked | ScreenRant – Screen Rant - July 2, 2020 by admin

    Despite being a complete psychopath, Paulie Gualtieri (AKA Paulie Walnuts) is a fan favorite within the Sopranos fandom. A lot of that is due to Tony Sirico's effortless charisma. Some of it has to do with being a complete psycho. But most of it stems from his hilarious dialogue.

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    The Sopranos is filled with funny lines and characters, but nobody even comes close to Paulie when it comes to humor. Sometimes he's intentionally funny. Sometimes we're laughing at him and not with him. Regardless, it's a near-guarantee that anything coming out of Paulie's mouth will be a riot. These are ten of Paulie's funniest quotes, ranked.

    Paulie (like everyone else in The Sopranos) is very proud of his Italian heritage. And seeing espresso really makes his blood boil. While being served in a major coffee shop franchise (likely Starbucks), Paulie laments the commercialization of Italian cuisine.

    According to him, "They ate pootsie before we gave them the gift of our cuisine. But this, this is the worst. This expresso s***." It's not just his anger that's funny - it's the fact that he said "expresso" in place of espresso. Yeah, he knows a lot about his heritage...

    If there's one thing Paulie takes more seriously than his Italian heritage, it's entertaining the children of the neighborhood.

    The shy and reserved Bobby Baccalieri is hesitant about playing Santa for the kids, forcing Paulie to stand and reprimand him, saying, "The boss of this family told you you're gonna be Santa Claus.You're Santa Claus. So shut the f*** up about it!" There's nothing funnier than seeing violent psychopaths furiously arguing about who's going to be Santa that year.

    Poor Bobby is always getting the brunt of Paulie's jokes. While goofing around with Chris, Paulie sees the overweight Vito and Bobby speaking to each other, their protruding guts practically touching each other.

    He turns to Chris, saying, "OH, look at that! It's like an ad for a weight loss center. Before, and way before!" Bobby says what the audience isthinking - "This guy. Does he ever stop breaking balls?"

    One of Paulie's greatest quirks has to be repeating his jokes.

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    A running joke throughout the series sees Paulie making a quip, turning to Tony, and asking, "You hear what I said, Ton?" He then immediately repeats the joke that everyone just heard, word-for-word. It makes the audience laugh every single time, and it helps cement Paulie as one of the goofiest and most hilarious characters on the show.

    Leave it to Paulie to say exactly what's on his mind. While visiting Tony in the hospital after he slipped into a coma, Paulie is clearly instructed by Meadow to say encouraging things, as coma patients can supposedly hear what people are saying.

    Immediately upon seeing Tony hooked up with tubes and a ventilator, Paulie can't help but exclaim in horror, yelling, "Oof, madone! He looks terrible!"

    Pine Barrens has to be the funniest episode of The Sopranos, and it's easily Paulie's greatest hour. While on the phone, Tony tells Paulie that the guy they're pursuing is an ex-commando who killed sixteen Chechen rebels with the Interior Ministry.

    Paulie mishears him, telling Chris, "You're not gonna believe this. He killed sixteen Czechoslovakians. The guy was an interior decorator!" To this, Chris famously quips, "His house looked like s***!"

    Paulie often tries to sound cultured, but he just can't quite get there.

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    During Tony B's welcome home party, Paulie drops some Sun Tzu wisdom on him, mispronouncing Sun Tzu's name as Sun Tuh-Zoo. Not only that, but he calls Sun Tzu the "Chinese Prince Matchabelli."Prince Matchabelli is actually a luxury perfume line.Paulie meant Machiavelli, but Machiavelli was never a prince. He obviously got confused with Machiavelli's seminal treatise, The Prince.

    No scene better encapsulates Paulie's wild personality traits better than Minn's murder. Right before killing the poor old lady, Paulie is busted rooting around underneath her bed (after loudly breaking down the door).

    Caught in the act, Paulie feigns friendliness with "Minn! Your door was open! I brought you something from my Ma!" The sight of Paulie's head emerging from behind the bed is one of The Sopranos' finest visual gags.

    Chris's intervention, while obviously not funny in and of itself, is one of the funniest scenes in Sopranos history owing to the outlandish behavior of those around him.

    First, there's Silvio's story of finding Chris passed out in the toilet. And then there's Paulie, who is painfully, honestly, but hilariously blunt: "I'llkeep this short and sweet. You're weak. You've become an embarrassment to yourself and everybody else."

    As funny as Paulie is, the show isn't afraid of reminding us that he is actually a violent psychopath and anunbelievable racist. In this scenario, the show wants us to laugh at Paulie, not with him.

    While Tony B is talking about his ambitious Korean boss, Paulie comes in with his incredible advice: "Word to the wise. Remember Pearl Harbor!" Not only does it not make sense, but Paulie confuses Koreans with the Japanese.

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    Sothebys Art Auction Breaks Records – National Review - July 2, 2020 by admin

    Sothebys specialists taking phone and online bids from around the world. (Courtesy Sotheby's)The virtual event, linking buyers across the globe, played out like a high-stakes night at the casino.

    NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLESothebys, with Christies one of the two big auction houses, held its big-ticket modern and contemporary evening auction this past Monday. Its Sothebys cash cow for the year, and it was a fascinating, well-done virtual event. I saw the future of the auction business, and it worked. Bidding was spirited, and the balletic, gestural Oliver Barker as auctioneer was himself a work of performance art. He can coax bids from a mummy.

    Art by Francis Bacon, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, and others, priced in the millions, sold, mostly sight unseen, in an event that was part old-fashioned auction, part variety show, part telethon, all with the sparkle and edgy feel of Election Night. Sothebys called it a marquee auction. They pulled it off with savvy and zest. They made a boatload of money, too.

    The big news story from the auction was the sale of Francis Bacons Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus, from 1981, the last and grandest of the artists 28 triptychs. I think Bacon had his moments, but overall, hes an Angry Young Man artist, Irish and troubled and a 50s and 60s character. I wrote about the Bacon show at the Houston MFA in March, and while hes a great painter, I left thinking he was tiresome and pretentious, with a limited vision. Hes a brand and personality. And, for the life of me, and I know my Aeschylus, I dont see how the triptych references the Oresteia. Its a riff on Goya.

    Still, its striking and powerful. The Hans Astrup Foundation, which got it in 1987, sold it to enhance the endowment of Oslos Astrup Fearnley Museet, a very good contemporary art museum founded by the Astrup family. The work has been an anchor in all the big Bacon shows. On an estimate of $60 million to $80 million, it sold for $84.6 million, including the buyers premium.

    The bidding went swiftly by million-dollar increments from $48 million to $60 million and then stalled. At that point, a new, online bidder appeared with a $60.1 million bid. Silence. A phone bidder raised it to $61 million. Then a war started between a bidder with firepower against a drop, drop, drop enemy whod raise him by $100,000 each time his return bid went up, to 62, then 63, up to $75 million until the bidder with the pop gun finally stopped. The total price was $84,550,000 plus the buyers premium. I assume Sothebys vetted the online bidder, who seemed to tease with his little $100,000 increments. Was he for real?

    No one outside of Sothebys inner sanctum knows how much Sothebys actually made. Last year, it went private, so Sothebys doesnt have to make all the disclosures that, say, a public company like Christies has to make on financing and negotiated premiums. My friends there tell me theyre happy, though.

    Whether COVID-19 came from that Chinese lab or Big Bat Macs in Wuhan, it put the international art market in a coma. Sothebys is a business, however, and Gone Fishin isnt a good way to make money. Of course, we still have many museums thats the nonprofit world that wont open and serve the public, though state and local health officials say they can.

    The well-paid, lucky-ducky staffs hope to doze and laze in place, at home, in perpetuity, depriving art lovers of the cultural heritage their tax dollars subsidize. Maybe theyve heard that the Blizzard Beach water slide at Disney World is reopening on July 7 and dont want to miss the fun. Really, now, if Disney World, the Louvre, and the Vatican can open next week, what excuse do American museums have for keeping their doors closed to the public all summer?

    Talk about lucky-ducky privilege. Actually, what Im hearing now is that many museums in America are so roiled by layoffs and internal charges of racism that the directors and senior staff just want to hide for as long as they can.

    Sothebys motto for its marquee auction is pivot, adapt, innovate, and each it does. Theres a feature for simple country souls like me explaining different ways to experience the auction. The auction started Monday evening, ET, at 6:30, with auctioneer Barker in London and specialists in London, New York, and Hong Kong taking live bids by phone, online, and text messages. A 30-second preview on the Sothebys website predicted Super Bowl drama, which, for the art world, it delivered.

    The Ginny Williams sale grabbed me when Sothebys announced it earlier this year. I liked her a lot. Williams (19272019) and her husband, Carl, moved to Denver in the 1950s. There, Carl made a fortune as a cable-television pioneer. Ginny was from Virginia and combined Southern charm with cowgirl grit. I liked her flamboyance and frankness. She was deeply knowledgeable and had a curators sensibility.

    She was both an art dealer in Denver, starting in the 1980s when the city was a cultural backwater, and a collector, though I think her dealership was a front for her collecting. I always wondered whether or not she sold much. Williamss aesthetic was 70s and 80s, with a focus on women, especially Louise Bourgeois. She bought well. She had catholic taste, but in the 1990s, the market for female artists was still quiet. Thats when she bought her Frankenthaler and Mitchells. Her Bourgeois holdings were encyclopedic.

    Her sale had 18 lots and not a dud among them. It was whats called a white-shoe auction, which means everything sold. Thats rare. Royal Fireworks, by Helen Frankenthaler from 1975, is gorgeous. A wave of warm, luscious orange flows across the surface, with a narrow strip of pure azure below it. Frankenthaler (19282011) is always good. In the 1970s, she started to paint with acrylic on canvas, leaving the soak-and-stain technique aside. Its a less gauzy effect. I could look at for hours in a frame of mind lapsing into dreams and fantasy. Look at that big Bacon triptych for too long, and Id get indigestion. At a $2$3 million estimate, the Frankenthaler sold for $7,895,000 in quite a bidding war.

    There were three very good Joan Mitchell paintings. Liens Colors, from 1956, shows the elegance that Mitchell (19251992) brought to abstract expressionism. I like the painting and put aside my longstanding opinion that shes an interior decorators artist. On a $5$7 million estimate, it sold for $5,950,000. Two other Mitchells, one from 1962 and another, Straw, from 1976, look and feel more like landscapes accelerating what Monet was doing at the end of his career. They exceeded their high estimates, I think, because they drew collectors both of abstract expressionism and representational art. The three paintings, all big and very good, provide a micro-retrospective of Mitchell over three decades.

    Everything in the Williams auction sold, and many topped their high estimates. Sothebys sometimes offers inflated estimates, which leads to disappointed sellers, but this time it guessed well. It had great quality on its side, too.

    The Williams sale was followed by the bigger contemporary-art sale. Together, selling 48 objects, the contemporary sale and the Williams sale lasted about three hours, with a break, so it felt like going to the theater. Matthew Wongs The Realm of Appearances, from 2018, started the part of the sale that followed the Williams cache. Wong (19842019) was a wonderful artist who killed himself last year. He shuttled from Alberta in Canada to Hong Kong and back, suffered from autism, and was a gifted colorist whose abstract landscapes are both dreamy and, understandably, rare.

    Sothebys put his painting first to give this part of the sale a jolt. It slapped a low $60,000$80,000 estimate on it, knowing bidding would not plow but blow through it. It reached $1.1 million in increments of $10,000 and $50,000. Then, a buyer bidding in Honk Kong by phone decided to nuke this stately progression by bidding $1.5 million. That stopped everyone in his or her tracks and won the day.

    The psychology of these auctions sometimes feels like what happens in a casino. The houses goal is to get people to throw money away in buckets. The Wong placement, first in line, and the low estimate were meant to ignite s spending spree.

    The Bacon triptych wasnt the only heavy hitter in this sale. Roy Lichtensteins White Brushstroke I, from 1965, sold for $27,300,500 with the buyers premium on an estimate of $20$30 million. Its prime pop art, if you like that kind of thing. An enchanting Mark Rothko painting, from 1969, sold for $8,350,000, just over the low estimate. Its from the distinguished collection of Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson (called Hunk and Moo), who owned it from 1972 to Moos death last year. Hunk died in 2019.

    The Andersons were rich but bought early and well. Their collection wasnt huge, but it was the best of the best of abstract expressionism and Bay Area figurative painting. I love the Rothko. It has a nocturne palette, uncharacteristic of him, and its on paper, not canvas, which consigns it, as far as the marketplace is concerned, to the less esteemed works on paper class. That dings its value but, to me, if the surface is covered with paint, its a painting.

    Its also late Rothko, who is not seen as a 1960s artist. Thats the time of pop art. There are some serious collectors of post-war art who want their Rothkos to come from the 1950s or early 1960s, seen as his zenith. Late Rothkos also suffer from guilt by association with the black Rothkos in the chapel next to the Menil Collection in Houston. These black Rothkos precede his 1970 suicide, so to a buyer looking for joie de vivre, the art market cautions beware when it comes to his late work. The Anderson picture evokes the nocturnes of Monet and Whistler and is in a league of its own.

    The Andersons were a lovely, down-to-earth couple who gave most of their collection to Stanford for its university art museum. Their heirs need something to live on, though. Hence, the sale.

    A Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing of a head went for $15,185,000 on a $9$12 million estimate. I wouldnt call him overrated, but my problem is that he died at such a young age that assessments have to be inconclusive. For that money, a Michelangelo drawing could be had. Mr. Marketplace sometimes has his priorities wrong.

    There were two paintings by Willem de Kooning (19041997). East Hampton Garden Party, from 1976, was painted for Emilie Kilgore, then a young Houston woman who became his friend and muse. Its inscribed to her. De Kooning hadnt entered what his dealer once told me was his senile phase, but it wasnt far on the horizon. Estimated at $1.8$2.5 million, it sold for $2,188,000. Its from the time the artist lived in the Hamptons, and it suits that milieu.

    Seated Man, from 1941, is de Kooning before he became de Kooning. Until he did the slashing Women series starting around 1950, de Kooning was part of a circle in New York anchored by John Graham. Grahams acolytes and kindred spirits then were Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Stuart Davis, and the young Jackson Pollock and David Smith. Seated Man depicts a clown de Kooning had seen in a circus. Its very tail-end Ash Can style inspired by big-city life but with a cool, European look. Its less about the figure of the seated man and more about form, with a touch of surrealism. Its a more bracing picture than Kilgores, but its for either a museum or a serious modernist collector. It went for $2,420,000 on an estimate of $1$2 million.

    Sothebys is selling Williamss art in waves. The consignment was about 450 objects, and like all the auction houses, Sothebys arranges and tiers them based on medium, glitz, and price. On June 30, Sothebys had a day auction devoted to Williams. Her photography collection comes on the market on July 9. Theres an online sale of more work in an auction running from July 9 to July 20 and another sale in the fall.

    I like things that are printed and not virtual. That said, much of my writing appears on the screen as I enjoy being part of the digital publishing revolution. Still, I do like printed auction catalogues. Sothebys did a great job exceeding what a printed catalogue offers. Its evening-sale screen catalogue linked the paintings for sale with similar work in great museum collections. Its a good marketing tool, and it helped me, as an art historian, put the art on the block in context.

    The problem with buying art at auction right now is access to the objects. Many bidders will have bought or tried to buy art sight unseen. As unthinkable as that seems to me, my reporting two weeks ago on the print fair proved that people will do it. And at the evening sale, I saw theyll do it even if theyre spending millions.

    That said, potential buyers could preview the art at Sothebys in New York by appointment if they could get to New York. Since Sothebys had the Williams and Anderson consignments for months, I expect people have been looking at the art and thinking about bidding long before the quarantine shut New York. Unless Sothebys broke the rules, its spaces were closed to its staff and potential bidders alike.

    Sothebys did a few other things. It offered an augmented-reality feature simulating how a work for sale would look at home. I tried it. The Bacon triptych, stretching about 14 feet, wouldnt fit. Thats fine. It would scare my cats. Joan Mitchell , strangely, suits a Vermont farmhouse, our country garden, and looks good in our dense interior packed with old stuff.

    Its easy to speak to specialists via Sothebys version of Zoom. Sothebys obviously considered the many ways people like to receive and process information and decided to go to great lengths to hold hands. Theyve created a new, more relaxed kind of salesmanship, abetted by the simple fact that, until the last week or so, everyone has been working from home, away from office dynamics that can make people anxious. And buyers are mostly at home, too, and by this point are sick of looking at what theyve got on the walls. COVID-19 will prove itself a boon to the interior-design business.

    I think there was some back-and-forth with many of the sellers over the unique calamity of a recession, public-health crisis, and a travel ban. Sothebys made a good case for cleaving to the line.

    The financial crisis in 2008 spooked lots of potential sellers from sitting on their art. For months in 2008 and 2009, consignments were mostly limited to the Three Ds sales forced by death, debt, and divorce. As a practical matter, this reduced the number of quality objects on the market.

    Lets face it there will always be lots of rich people, and those with the capacity to spend tens of millions on art float above the hard knocks that entangle we penny-watching mortals. The same dynamic exists now. Quality sells. Twenty-seven of the 30 works in the evening modern and contemporary sale have never hit the auction block before. As Ive said many times, fresh meat sells.

    It was an extravaganza and well done on every level. Five-minute videos on, for instance, Williams as a collector of female artists and the Bacon triptych used Sothebys department heads as presenters. These augmented the sometimes la-di-da catalogue entries, which veer more toward the flowery than the spartan.

    Sothebys specialists spoke accessibly and with authority. They all looked good and game for the adventure. I enjoyed the videos. Ive been to a million previews, and the specialists always look tense. Here, they looked relaxed and persuasive. The Williams video is set in her high-ceilinged, white, big-box living room, where her three big Mitchells, her Frankenthaler, and an Ellsworth Kelly look fantastic.

    The sale broke records for Frankenthaler and for Basquiat drawings. The total take also exceeded Sothebys total of high estimates Sothebys has often missed its totals, sometimes by a lot, with the field littered with unsold art. Its got new ownership, a fresh, exciting look, and some new specialists. I think these have made a difference. Congratulations to Sothebys for a good sale done in high style.

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    Interior designers reveal the 12 things in your home you should get rid of – Insider – INSIDER - July 2, 2020 by admin

    This might mean swapping out your heavy drapes for sheer ones. Shutterstock/backpacker79

    Natural light can brighten a room, make it look larger, and show off light-catching finishes, according to Annie Santulli of Annie Santulli Designs.

    So, naturally, the first thing she thinks you might want to get rid of is any window treatment that makes it especially difficult for you to get natural light.

    "Window treatments should frame a space, but they don't have to be overbearing or heavy to add warmth," Santulli told Insider. "Using sheers or translucent metallics are a way to create some level of coverage without adding weight."

    But if you still want to block the sun or have privacy, she suggests layering different window treatments to add dimension and texture to your space "while also allowing for more options to handle light and privacy."

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