Tuesday, September 29, 2009

T-Rex in Las Vegas

When things like this come up, I am very grateful to be living in Las Vegas. Several years ago I knew nothing about dinosaurs. Then came Marcello (my son) who was obsessed with them. Hence I now know quite a bit, and it really is interesting. The auction house has this lot open to the public free of charge at the old Guggenheim at The Venetian, and we went over the weekend. If you are in town I highly recommend stopping by...the auction is Saturday, October 3. I will be curious what the selling prices will be!

The rare 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex known as "Samson" is one of the three most complete examples of it's species to have been discovered in existence.
Estimate upon Request

Pair of Dinosaurs known as "Xenia" and "Ben"
Late Cretaceous
What a portrait! $500,000-600,000
Wooly Mammoth Skeleton
Wow! I think Woolly mammoths are cool...this was very impressive to stand next to. $150,000- 200,000
Large Opalescent Ammonite on Stand
Late Cretaceous
How bizarre that this stunning beauty flourished during the Age of Dinosaurs as a fierce predatory living squid-like creature
$35,000- 45,000
Uncoiled Ammonite
Early Cretaceous
I am so intrigued with this shape, and have a sculpture in mind along these lines that I want to carve in alabaster. $6,000-7,500
Ammonites and Belemnites
Middle Jurassic
Nature is so incredible! $3,500- 4,000
Permian Fossil Shark
81 by 41 inches, I could see an entire room in these colours!
$65,000 - 85,000
Fossil Cat Skeleton with one original saber
I like the mount job! $30,000-40,000

Palm Mural, measuring 70 by 81 inches
This would be an amazing piece of art in any room! $ 40,000 to $50,000

The World's largest known set of Shark Jaws...
Ouch! Expected to go for $900,00-1,200,00.

The Silver Slipper is now in place in front of the Neon Graveyard, soon to open as The Neon Museum on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Lighting Ceremony is this weekend...I am going to a play down there, am anxious to see it lit up!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ten Years of Wedded Bliss

Where does the time go?? September 26,1999, Tom and I became husband and wife at The Wattles Mansion in Hollywood.
Two boys and a puppy later, living in Las Vegas...
Happy Anniversary Honey!
xoxo Nathalie

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Resizing Your Artwork

If you have an awkward space in your home in need of art, but are having trouble finding the right sized piece to hang, check out Artaissance. They offer over 3300 prints in many styles by different artists that can be printed digitally on paper or canvas in any size. What would be cool is if they could take your art, or art by your kids and resize... it"s worth asking!
Greg Perkins

Rodney White

Chris Paschke

Bob Chrzanowski

Karla Davison

Amy Butler

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Kandinsky at The Guggenheim in NYC

I became intrigued with Kandinsky's work after reading about Peggy Guggenheim, and seeing his pieces at her museum in Venice. I'd love to be in New York right now, to visit the Guggenheim Museum's Kandinsky exhibit. This exhibit draws from the three largest public holdings of his work... The Guggenheim Museum, The Centre Pompidou in Paris, and The Stadtische Gallerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, as well as several other renowned institutions and private collections. All combined to offer 100 paintings from 1902 to 1942. What an incredible opportunity to see works from a legend credited with inventing modern abstract painting. New York here I come!
At The Guggenheim from September 18 to January 13

all images via google

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tintin and Milou in Brussels

My sons are voraciously reading the adventures of Tintin, the Belgian boy reporter, and his dog Milou ( Snowy in english). I would take them to Brussels for the sole reason of staying at The Hotel Amigo. Each of the 173 rooms has figurines of the pair. Olga Polizzi, the design director for her brother Sir Rocco Forte's collection of hotels, was inspired by the cultural image that Tintin has with Brussels. What a fun and exciting twist on the hotel room... I wonder if they offer Tintin adventure tour packages?
Hotel Amigo, Brussels

Lobby, Hotel Amigo

Bar Bocconi, Hotel Amigo

Suite Magritte Chambre, Hotel Amigo

Suite Magritte Salon, Hotel Amigo

Blaton Suite terrace, Hotel Amigo

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place with Bi-Annual Flower Carpet

Brussels Christmas Market

Saint Hubert Gallery

Marolles Antique Market, Brussels

Mont des Arts, Brussels

Friday, September 11, 2009

9-11 We Remember

I think we all remember the moment we heard the news on this terrible day . My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost a loved one.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My Love of Maps

I love maps, and am saddened that in the modern world we have GPS'd our lives away from the joy of opening up a map and reading and tracking our routes. Obviously I am a romantic, not a techie.I try to surround my kids with globes and maps, fearful that they will become victims of their generation and have no knowledge of Geography.

Rachel Austen has come up with a really unique and beautiful use for all of those unused maps out there...her map paintings are so cool, I am very intrigued with them. Visit her Etsy shop to see more...she also does cards and jewelry.
You can read more about Rachel on her blog.
Sherry Truitt has come up with a unique way to wear vintage maps...these elegant map cufflinks are really unique and sure to be an attention getter. I love the colour. You can see more in her Etsy shop here.

This vintage map necklace can be custom made with your favorite spot in the world.