Monthly Archives: January 2009

From Shanghai to Spain to Metro Detroit!

This seems like a good time to introduce a new category that will debut tomorrow, titled

Featured Metro Detroit Businesses

This category will be a great way for me to spotlight businesses  that I have come to know over the years – the ones that I tuck away and save for when I will need their services again.  These are the businesses that I refer to clients, when the opportunity arises.

Good reputable businesses are worth noting, and a referral is highly valued.

It will also be a wonderful place to introduce businesses that are new finds of mine.  I  think its ever so important to remember those businesses and people that serve us well, because that is invaluable.   So hopefully, at least once a month,  look for a new featured business.  You never know,  you might find someone that you can use,  and tuck away yourself!

Tomorrow will be a spotlight on Interior Designer Ann-Marie Anton of Grosse Pointe Farms.   Come back and read!

Portera’s Antique Spanish Doors Tell a Story

Every door comes from Spain…

15th Century Gothic Arched Portal

15th Century Gothic Arched Portal

18th Century Baroque Double Door

18th Century Baroque Double Door

18th Century Door

18th Century Door

18th Century Mudejar Door

18th Century Mudejar Door

Portera Doors showroom is located in Pasadena, Ca.  By appointment only.   (ahhh… if I could only win the lottery!)

So Far Away…Shanghai…Family…Art

I had it made for awhile, and didn’t realize it.  My sister lived a mile from me, but we didn’t see each other as often as we could have.  Sometimes its hard to make time, so you don’t.   And then things change, and your sister and her husband are moving to China for work.  And then they are gone.

Its been 4 1/2 years. Shes still in Shanghai.  They adopted a baby girl, Jenna, who will turn 4 in March.  They come home to visit now and then and each time they head back you miss them more.  We realize we aren’t getting any younger.

They should be coming home for good this  June.  But now with the economy the way it is, and the uncertainty of the Big Three, they may look to to extend their stay in China.

She just emailed me this photo of a large oil painting remake of an original by the late Chen Yifei.  My niece Jenna is posing in the forefront.  She had it made and will bring it home when they finally return to Michigan.  I love the thoughtfulness (is that the right word?) of my sister – wanting to bring home parts of the Chinese culture so that Jenna feels a connection to her heritage.  Actually, its not thoughtfulness as much as just being a MOM.

Miss you sis!

Beauties on the Promenade  by Chen Yifei

Beauties on the Promenade by Chen Yifei

More Chen Yifei work-

Dream of Old Shanghai  1999

listening-to-birds-song-1999

Transforming a Niche

niche

(nĭch, nēsh)  A recess in a wall, as for holding a statue or urn

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Decision process

Start the transition by blending metallics

Start the transition by blending metallics

Custom Modello is installed and ready for finish

Custom Modello is installed and ready for finish

After  - Weathered Iron Finish

After - Weathered Iron Finish

Venetian Plaster finish complimented by this accent niche

Venetian Plaster finish complimented by this accent niche

Modello Designs

Firenze Authentic Lime Plasters