Interiors

A Passion for Gothic Decoration by Brian Brennan

A Passion for Gothic Decoration by Brian Brennan

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The decorative arts were never considered secondary by Augustus Welby Pugin. As an architect he might design the structure of a house, church or institution, but he conceived of the building, its fittings and furnishings as a ‘complete work of art.’

Downton Abbey – Upstairs & Down for the New Gen and New Age

Downton Abbey – Upstairs & Down for the New Gen and New Age

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From our London correspondent comes news about an exciting television series Downton Abbey, the most expensive British TV show ever produced. It is a great upstairs and downstairs story about life in an English Country House just prior to world war one, The dynamics of the people who live and work in Downton Abbey draw everyone into their emotional turmoil, one mostly internalized by its protagonists against their wellbeing. They are responding to the strict social and moral mores of their day which are under threat by massive societal change…

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

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The Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA) Show is on at Royal Randwick Racecourse at Sydney from the 7 – 11th September. It is the leading industry body representing antique and art dealers in Australia today. Their Code of Practice is surety that your investment in the past is also an investment in your future.

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

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Do the protagonists on television’s real estate renovating reality show, The Block at Melbourne in 2011 face a renovating nightmare, or a restoration delight?

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At the Beginnings of Art – An Arcadian Ideal

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The Arcadian ideal of ancient Greece as a centre for youth, energy, toleration and intellectual freedom a place where beauty and nature came together is true

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

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I am writing this on the seventh anniversary of the passing of Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. (8 January 1941 – 11 February 2004). She lived all her life in one of Queensland’s most historic houses, Nindooinbah, which is sited superbly in a lovely valley nearby to Beaudesert in Queensland…

Editorial – Muse News October 2010

Editorial – Muse News October 2010

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Hello, my name is Carolyn McDowall and I would like to welcome you to the October edition of Muse~News the newsletter of The Culture Concept Circle (The Circle). We hope this issue demonstrates our purpose well and that Muse~News will become of increasing value and interest to our readers. Our…

Chatsworth, the Attic sale

Chatsworth, the Attic sale

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From London comes the news that arguably, England’s most famous country palace, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, is having an ‘Attic Sale’ at Sotheby’s, London in October.

This spring clean out by the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will indeed be an amazing event. What they have in their attic will certainly be worth a look at least, if not a personal perusal and perchance, perhaps a bid or two. The items will certainly reflect the evolution of art, design and style down the centuries.

Residence – a Profile of a Stylish Designer

Residence – a Profile of a Stylish Designer

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Residence splendidly showcases the ability of Sydney based international designer Thomas Hamel to produce an interior that accommodates the needs of the client in a timelessly elegant and unforgettable way. This beautiful illustrated volume provides an insight into some of his favourite projects. Chapters are accompanied by a description of the design process used in each transformation