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Lynne Rutter (The Ornamentalist)
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How a pair of sister Queen Anne Victorians were gloriously restored.
The Fulton Street Sisters
The Fulton Street Sisters
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The Fulton Street Sisters
In which we learn that the whole is greater than the sum of its details. Cranston and Keenan-designed Queen Anne Victorian circa 1890 recently restored, with color design by Lynne Rutter My work as a colorist is often more involved than simply choosing pain...
The Fulton Street Sisters
The Fulton Street Sisters
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A Landmark in San Francisco gets a new look!

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Exterior Color: The Nightingale House
The upper bay and tower of the 1882 Nightingale House, San Francisco Landmark #47 The Nightingale House , San Francisco Landmark #47,  is named for John Nightingale, who built  the house in 1882, as a wedding gift for his
daughter, Florence.   I have long ...

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Grotesque obsession
Grotesque obsession
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Underground Treasure in Venice
San Simeone Piccolo, Venice, built 1738 The Maestro, as well call him, composed the first two acts of his new opera in the spare bedroom of our Florentine flat this winter. When the time came for him to take this work up to Austria to present it to the the...

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You have to see this lovely video of the painted ceilings in the Uffizi

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Grotesque Obsession: Uffizi Revisited
Here is a beautiful video of one of my favorite spots in Florence, featuring the grottesca ceilings in the East Corridor of the Uffizi. Last year, while touring the Uffizi by wheelchair (being dutifully pushed by my butler)  I noticed my perspective of the ...

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A peek inside the studio of Paolo Bellò, master artisan in the Veneto

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Studio Visit: Paolo Bellò, Sologna, Italy
In which we are greeted by the warmest of Venetian smiles   trompe l'oeil coffered ceiling by Paolo Bellò with various rosette designs  Stucco bas-relief in Stile Liberty by Paolo Bellò From Venice I took the regional train to Bassano del Grappa, where I wa...
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