29 November, 2010

The Duchess Was Thankful . . .

For a restful Thanksgiving

The Duchess indulged herself in four or more days of respite from her typically busy world, spending time only with family, friends, and lots and lots of food.  She hopes everyone's Thanksgiving holiday was as lovely and enjoyable as her own.

And speaking of holidays -- the tree is trimmed, the garland is hung, the wreath adorns the door.  Yes, indeedy, even as the gates opened onto the Christmas tree purveyor's lot at Ventura and Woodman, the Duchess was there, never one to miss a moment of Christmas decorating.  It's that time of year, when the emphasis shifts from outdoors to indoors, and we welcome people into our deeply personal environments -- our homes.

It's appropriate, then, that the holiday season nicely coincides with the recent release of "Classic Homes of Los Angeles" by Douglas Woods.  This scholarly tome delves into the architectural pedigree of the breathtaking historical homes of an older Los Angeles; for the most part, these homes are located east of La Brea, in Pasadena, in West Adams, and concentrated in Hancock Park. 

Published by Rizzoli

Together with the Senator, the Duchess attended a cheery but light fete in honor of Mr. Woods's publication at one of the homes featured in the book.  Strolling through whisper-quiet Italian gardens only a stone's throw from some of Los Angeles's busiest streets reminded the Duchess how lucky the denizens of Hancock Park truly are (if somewhat retail- and dining-deprived).

The Beaux-Arts home of Anna and Alan Clark, Windsor Square, Hancock Park

Another landmark Hancock Park home (not featured in "Classic Homes") is that of Anna and Alan Clark, whose residence sits in the plummiest acreage of Hancock Park, Windsor Square.  The Clarks' home was photographed for the magazine "Traditional Home" and it is an excellent example of the type.

The butler's pantry (transl., the spoils of law firm partnership)

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