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One of my favourite Irish bloggers is the wonderful Nathalie who writes Design Undercover. I stumbled on DU many months ago, right as she had put out a call for someone to design her blog header, which I volunteered to do. Nathalie is Italian, but is living in Dublin, so she's got a unique perspective on design.
Another fun blog is Design in Dublin? (her question mark, not mine). She's an American ex-pat living in Dublin who's suffering from sticker shock at the high prices and is trying to find good design on a budget.
I've been looking at Homebug for almost a year now, and she's got a great eye for lots of creative areas including fabrics, furniture and mid-century modern. Through her, I found the hysterical Grey Area, the "dark diary of Dublin's most negligible bachelor".
Of course, there are zillions of Irish bands that you can find on You Tube, including everyone's favourite, Bono. Here he is in 1988,doing a really bad lip-synch job with Clannad (forward to about 2:00).
Local Irish band, O'Malley's March, fronted by Baltimore's former Mayor and Maryland's current Governor, Martin O'Malley, is a huge attraction, although they're not playing much anymore, due to more pressing obligations.Does your Governor look this good?
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Reader Sara sent this information:
The Palazzo Zuccari was designed and built by Federico Zuccari, who also lived here and used it as a studio for his painting. The palace was erected in the 16th Century and has undergone numerous restorations over the years. During the 17th Century it was home to the Toscanelli family and in the 18th Century home to Maria Casimira of Poland. The door and windows are quite striking and were designed to resemble the face of a monster with the door as an open mouth and above it a large nose, two eyes and ears.
It looks like he's taking a big bite out of the tree!
March 11, 2008
I always take photos of doors and have done so for years. When I lived in the UK, I had tons of images of doors and doorways, which are all now lost. I went through some of my photo albums and came up with the following doors. I hope you enjoy them.
This is a wonderful doorway into some gardens in Cirencester in Gloucs. in the UK. My cousins live nearby, and this is always a touchstone when I am there. The hedge along the wall is about 20' high and has been growing for years.
I am sure that lots of other people are posting this doorway in Rome. It's close to the Spanish Steps and is just hilarious! The windows are similar, which makes it even funnier. I can just imagine coming home and walking through this door. It would always make me laugh.
To me this door typifies the UK to me. A shiny black surround and then a beautiful shiny door. This is at a family friend's house in Norfolk, UK. There's a lovely millpond behind the house and when digging in the cellar, the family found a Roman helmet.
This is another doorway in Rome. We were walking down a quiet little street near Piazza Navona and heard a dog barking. We looked through the gate and saw this fellow. I love the way the light comes from the right side and brightens up the doorways.
A couple of years ago, I was in Oxford about this time of year. It was a bit rainy and foggy, but everything was glowing green. We were walking through the colleges and came across this enfilade of doors. The rain on the steps helps give the illusion of depth.
When I Marry Adventure, I know where I want to get married ... in the tiny church of St. Mary & St. David at Kilpeck (Llanddewi Cil Peddeg) along the Welsh borders. It was built in 1140. One of my American cousins living in the UK took us there and we all fell in love. It's surrounded by the most amazing, almost Disney-like carvings just below the roofline. But the door is spectacular with its iron strapping.
As I look at these doors, I realize that they all have a similar architectural look. Then it hit me - they all look like the door of the house where I lived growing up. It was a wide door, with long sidelights and a fanlight over the top. It had beautiful ironwork over the glass on the main door and the whole door weighed a ton! I wish I had a photo of the door...
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Wedgwood Henley Tea Pot. The Silver Henley Tea Pot features a striking black handle and topper. Original price: $250. My price? $7.00!!! Now I can go back to having a cuppa Earl Gray in the afternoons, and it will stay warm while I get distracted and forget to drink it.