Working My Way Back to You

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  • October 14, 2016

Hi Lacquered Lifers. Long time no see. I know the last time we chatted I made big promises of being back in action … a promise that has remained unfulfilled. Well I’m here now to tell you I’ve been missing all of you, and this space, and from now on I promise to make a concerted effort to be here as often as possible. Thanks to all of you, my loyal readers, work at Torrance Mitchell Designs has been incredibly busy (thankfully), and Mr. B and I are looking forward to (hopefully) beginning some work at Barbot House in early 2017 – a project I know that most of you are eager to see progress. Look out for some new posts next week, and in the meantime check out some of the new additions to the Piazza section of the blog. This is an area that I hope to keep populated with some of my favorite things I have been using and loving both personally and in my projects. And if you aren’t already doing so, follow along with @lacqueredlife on Instagram

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Happy New Year – Lacquered Life is back … and in Vogue

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  • January 6, 2016

IMG_1350Happy New Year Lacquered Lifers! I’m BACK! I want to start off the new year by apologizing to those of you who were disappointed by my blog neglect over the past few months. Business at Torrance Mitchell Designs has been booming (thankfully), and Lacquered Life fell by the wayside. Time management has never been one of my strengths. I am looking forward to being back over here at Lacquered Life in 2016, and based on this “best nine” on instagram it seems that most of you are looking forward to watching the progress of our renovation at the Barbot House here in Charleston. Follow along on instagram @lacqueredlife  #barbothouse as we begin the renovation this winter/spring 2016. However, I would like to ask all of you to let me know what you would like to see from Lacquered Life in 2016. What posts do you miss most? Preservation? Entertaining? Interiors? Products? Let me know – I want to cater the site to my loyal readers … many of you who have been with me since 2009 when this journey started. best-dining-rooms-in-vogue-09Also, in case visiting Lacquered Life and following along on instagram @lacqueredlife weren’t enough, you can find me writing for the Living section over at Vogue.com. Looking forward to bringing a little bit of lacquered lifestyle to Vogue readers. The photo above is from my first post, The Most Beautiful Dining Rooms in Vogue. Stay tuned – I promise to let you know here at Lacquered Life when the Vogue.com posts go live.

Again, thank you for following along these past seven years, regardless of my irregularity, means so much to have readers like you.

Cheers, Olivia

Patience is a Virtue

Patience is a virtue. A saying long used by our elders in a vain effort to teach the younger generation that good things come to those who wait. I wonder if these sayings will continue to be used by my generation as we raise our children Wait? Why wait? Wait through the commercials to watch a whole television show? Order it on Apple TV. Wait for the newspaper? Go on Twitter. Slowly furnish a home over time to allow it to have that collected and curated look we all crave? Go online and order it all over the course of a weekend.

I know, I know, it’s hilarious that I say this as a blogger; but as a preservationist we are an inherently patient people. We respect time, and the passage of time, and the time it took for things to age and develop the patina and history that we obsess over and admire. So it has been with film director James Ivory and his c. 1805 home in NY’s Hudson Valley. IvoryThe 6,000 square foot c. 1805 home has twelve foot ceilings throughout, and was built on an octagonal plan, with two octagonal rooms on each side stacked on top of each other. Ivory purchased the home in the summer of 1975 … for $105,000.
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Ivory 5Ivory 3Ivory 2Ivory’s home, complete with stacks and stacks of books and miles of memorabilia and objets, looks as if it has been lived in, and loved, for forty years. And yet, the owner feels it is only 95% done. Patience, a virtue? In this case, I believe so. 

Photos via T Magazine