VISUAL TREATS presents VISIONS OF WINTER / DAY 5

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Peeps,

Funny how this little bug just seemed to dig itself in (my body) and just hang-out (for more days than I would like).  I have been resting, drinking lots of liquids, and on two successive nights I dined at my favorite Thai restaurant, where I ate curry soup with lots of peppers.  Besides offering great Thai food at reasonable prices, Rincome (on Columbia Pike in Arlington) has a genuinely retro vibe, complete with 50's decor, tropical-inspired drinks with names only ex-pats could identify, and an assorted medley of characters in the adjacent bar who would fit perfectly in a David Lynch movie.  Also a delicious sticky rice with mango dessert that happens to be heavenly with strong, black coffee.

Today's interior which I believe is located in Spain or Italy is quite playful, and seems designed (and furnished) to accommodate lots of social gatherings.  The golden wall adds a dramatic element to the room, and reminds me of the work of artist James Lee Byars who favored gold.  As well as the masterpieces of the Renaissance painters who utilized the brilliance of gold skies to suggest transformation, sacred space(s), and reverence for the metaphysical.  They quickly realized that the richness of illusional space and pictorial imagery (when illuminated by flickering candlelight in the homes of wealthy patrons and churches) was appreciated by all.  Whenever the opportunity presents itself, any decorator worth his/her weight (in gold), will transform that special room, accent wall, moldings or trim, and ceiling in gold or silver leaf paper/gold or silver leaf/metallic paints.  Or at least purchase every pair of matching period mirrors to suggest class, elegance (and MONEY!!).  


Hope you enjoy this visual treat, and be assured that there are lots of goodies planned for next week.  Any talk of the environmental damage caused by the mining and extraction of gold deposits won't be encouraged tonight, but saved for another occasion.


Thanks,
Shane





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