Design History & Decorative Arts

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

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An evening of traditional elegance, say at the White House or Government House Australia, still requires a perfection of planning and wise organisation so that it appears not to be contrived at all.

Finding Paradise on Earth

Finding Paradise on Earth

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From the earliest times gardens were associated with shade, running water; fragrance and fresh produce and therefore represented peace and prosperity. Each visit to a garden is a unique experience because its plants, ornaments, views and garden buildings appear in a sequence that can never exactly be repeated ever again….

Paul – A Pint Size Evangelising E.T. with Awesome Attitude

Paul – A Pint Size Evangelising E.T. with Awesome Attitude

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If you want to enjoy a close encounter of the best kind remember that in space no one can hear you scream, but if you remain on earth you can have an enormous lot of fun with Paul, the E.T. with awesome attitude

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At the Beginnings of Art – Precincts of Power and Glory

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The city of Rome came into being when the seven hill towns became one to drain the valley floor and improve their collective future.

Safely Up in an iCloud, more than just heaven on earth

Safely Up in an iCloud, more than just heaven on earth

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With its new product iCloud Apple, ever market innovators, have come up with a simple way to store all that is important up there in the clouds so its accessible wherever we are and importantly, from whatever device we have to hand right down here on earth.

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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

Up the Garden Path Exhibition – Shepherd, Cao and Bauer

Up the Garden Path Exhibition – Shepherd, Cao and Bauer

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June 3 – July 12 – Up the Garden Path Exhibition features award winning ceramics artist Julie Shepherd, glass and bronze artist Rhonda Cao and painter, Robyn Bauer

At the Beginnings of Art – Cradle of Civlisation

At the Beginnings of Art – Cradle of Civlisation

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All cultures on earth, just like individuals, have distinct modes of existence and creation stories are something they all have in common in a logical attempt to rationalise the presence of humans on earth. ‘In the beginning’, the ancient Greek oral Poet Hesiod says somewhere between 750 and 650 years before the Christ event (BCE), ‘there was Khaos, vast and dark.

Downton Abbey Down Under – Celebrity Status

Downton Abbey Down Under – Celebrity Status

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It seems as if Channel Seven’s saturation marketing techniques over the past few weeks worked according to this mornings reviewers and ratings. Last night the superb British television period drama series we posted about back in January, gained both high praise and record numbers tuning in. Downton Abbey is a series of fascinating stories about life upstairs and down, for the new gen and the new age

Gerard Mapstone & Friends take up the Kokoda Youth Challenge

Gerard Mapstone & Friends take up the Kokoda Youth Challenge

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WOW – BOOK NOW to be there when, on Tuesday 17th May at Brisbane Powerhouse the truly amazing flamenco guitarist Gerard Mapstone, together with the DALeCAÑA Flamenco Company and Special Guest Artists Tomas Arroquero and Judith Henley will present a concert in support of the Kokoda Youth Challenge Program.

Duchess Kate, a Style Icon and a Woman for the Future

Duchess Kate, a Style Icon and a Woman for the Future

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Duchess Kate (Catherine) of Cambridge is an overnight sensation, a Style icon and a woman for the future who displays a respect for all people and the past. On just one day with one event she boosted Britain’s morale, its arts, its industry and its commerce. She placed the royal family back at the forefront of leadership by example and proved that when two people love each other as much as she and her Prince, well then anything is possible for all people in a big society.

William & Catherine Wed at Last – From Romance to Reality

William & Catherine Wed at Last – From Romance to Reality

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It’s all over. William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are wonderfully wed in the sensational setting of an ancient Abbey at Westminster. Congratulations we have certainly enjoyed toasting your good health with a few bubbles and celebrating the joie de vivre with you.