George IV’s Collection of Items Owned by Napoleon

George IV’s Collection of Items Owned by Napoleon

In my second book, An Uncommon Duke, the plot involves an assassination attempt made on the Prince Regent, who later become King George IV (1762–1830). In order to bring him to life in my story, I read a number of biographies about him before I began writing. One small little nugget of history stuck in my [...]

Museum Exhibitions to Keep You Busy on a Cold Day

Museum Exhibitions to Keep You Busy on a Cold Day

When the cold weather hits, I'm always looking for interesting things to do indoors. Here are a few museum exhibitions that caught my eye. If only I had my own private plane, I would lace up my boots and visit each one. IN GREAT BRITAIN: Wedding Dresses, 1775-2014 at the V&A Now through March 15, [...]

Discovering the Life of a Regency Era Gentleman

Discovering the Life of a Regency Era Gentleman

Once again January rolls around, and I find myself at the Winter Antiques Show in New York City. It is one of America's premier antiques shows, and it provides curators, established collectors, dealers, design professionals, and first-time buyers with opportunities to view, learn about, and purchase lovely pieces showcased by the exhibitors. For me, on a [...]

The History of the Dressing Table

The History of the Dressing Table

I fully admit to being what you might consider a girly girl. I love lotions and potions. A venture into Sephora will never take me less than twenty minutes, even if I just need mascara. And I begin and end each day at my antique dressing table. Recently the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City had an exhibition entitled  "Vanities: [...]

Beautiful Furniture at the 2014 Winter Antiques Show

As a writer of historical fiction, I'm challenged with describing a world that no longer exists. One of the ways I transport my imagination into Regency England is by seeing items from that era. At this year's Winter Antiques Show, held annually in NYC, there were many exhibitors that presented beautiful pieces of furniture. The [...]

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen

I must confess this is not my writing desk. While it is in my home and I adore it, the English Georgian writing table is much too small for me to use as my primary desk. For Jane Austen, however, it would have been ideal. Her desk was about the same size. In 1809 Jane Austen moved [...]