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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CXLIII

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November, 1968: Richard Nixon was now the President of the United States! A staunch Democrat, my mother said, “I never liked him, I don’t trust him and I didn’t vote for him but he was elected President so I’ll have to respect him!”  That was the opinion of a lot of voters but even as that […]... READ MORE
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Priscilla Ulmann

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Priscilla Ulmann is a designer who is seasoned enough to know that she doesn’t need to cover all the bases — she’s not going to be doing an all-white, empty room anytime soon. Her style strengths lie in what she describes as a “Bloomsbury look” using a warm palette of reds, yellows and greens skillfully […]... READ MORE
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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CXLII

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We had experienced the election of Richard Nixon earlier in the month after experiencing the most disruptive period of my life.  Pundits were comparing the anti-war and political protests to the period before, during and after the US Civil War! It was easy to believe! Rita Gardner worked with a company called BMA and I had done several jobs [&... READ MORE
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A Tour of Portugal with the American Friends of Versailles

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Liberally sprinkled with Bourbons, Beauharnais, Orleans and other descendants of noble French families, Portugal was a fitting destination for the American Friends of Versailles annual tour. Raising funds to restore the peeling painted Baroque ceiling of the room where guards were stationed to keep watch on Marie Antoinette’s suite of Versailles ... READ MORE
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South African Safari, Part II: Londolozi and Johannesburg

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“I haven’t seen anything like this in seven years,” said our tracker, Innocent Ngwenya, as we all breathlessly stared at a leopard and her three cubs frolicking mere feet away from us. “A leopard usually has one cub, two at the most,” he explained. Our small group had been tracking this leopard throughout the morning. […]... READ MORE
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South Africa: Part I

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“This was probably the best trip we’ve ever taken,” said my husband, upon our return from safari in South Africa. And it’s true. It was highly memorable for so many reasons.  Our trip to Cape Town, Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Johannesburg consisted of:  a) stunning scenery; b) gorgeous food and wine; c) moving history; and […]... READ MORE
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Tom Britt

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We asked designer Tom Britt if, as he claims, a room can really make you feel “important, sexy and confident.” Of course he unhesitatingly said it could—hesitating is just not something Tom Britt does. He is known for his dashing, confident, colorful rooms skillfully emboldened with an opulent flair, as well as for his big, […]... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social History: Casa Apava: Architectural Flashback

Social History
With past and present presidential links garnering much of the Palm Beach limelight, it may be fitting to recount the work of the youngest son of President James Garfield, architect Abram Garfield, who designed Casa Apava. Although today it is best known for its Billionaire’s Row location, impressive measurements and astronomical price, the seclu... READ MORE
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Michael Smith

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It wasn’t easy to get hold of Michael Smith (pictured above with his partner, James Costos)—not that he wasn’t willing to talk to us, just that he seems to be constantly on the move. Even our phone interview took place in several chunks, the main part of which he was in his car driving to a meeting. Presumably […]... READ MORE
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Romanesque Revival: Addison Mizner’s Riverside Baptist Church

Social History
Addison Mizner’s influential style continues to shape Palm Beach and Boca Raton’s architectural ambiance. And yet, what some consider Mizner’s magnum opus, his only religious building, remains far-removed from this protective limelight. One of 16 churches and more than 2,000 contributing buildings comprising Jacksonville’s Riverside Histori... READ MORE
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Ellie Cullman and Lee Cavanaugh

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It has been almost a decade since we last walked into Ellie Cullman’s gorgeous Park Avenue apartment but the bowls of candy and the abundance of flowers were still there, as was the warm welcome. A high-end “couture” designer she may be, but she knows how to make a home. There have been a few […]... READ MORE
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Nikola Tesla: A SoHo story

Social History
Now here’s a different sort of SoHo story. Tesla. Not the car company. Not the heavy metal band. The inventor Nikola Tesla. Back in the 1880’s and ‘90s when SoHo was descending from its prosperous heights, a young man from a village in Croatia, in his mid-20s, had three laboratories located in the SoHo: one […]... READ MORE