Definition / Terminology Category

October 17, 2014

Denim and Fridays

When I think casual, I think jeans, precisely denim. Do you ? A random thought- what differentiates denim from jeans ? Jeans are a type of casual pants and jeans can be of many fabrics- cotton, twill, linen but denim is the material of that true blue jeans from indigo dye that we all refer […]

March 25, 2014


A definition is called for. Pelmet – a framework placed above a window for a decorative purpose (to conceal curtain fixtures and hide the curtain rod) or for practical purposes such as to insulate the window by blocking exterior currents and drafts from the outside from coming in. A pelmet may be made of wood […]

March 21, 2013

What is a Tronie ?

Museums are sanctuaries. But on a rainy day a planned museum trip makes you feel like you scored. In San Francisco where warm weather happens very rarely, a day indoors viewing Impressionist art currently on tour from the Mauritshuis Museum in the Netherlands (which is undergoing an 18 month long renovation) at the De Young […]

March 17, 2013

What is the difference between Plexiglass and Lucite ?

Like twins with different first names, that is my explanation. But they have the same “last name” – Acrylic. Yes, they are both made of acrylic. Acrylic is a clear high grade plastic made primarily from petroleum.   It is a form of plastic but just as there are different types, classes and grades of […]

January 9, 2013

Luggala Days

  Luggala. In Gaelic means “a hollow in the ridge”. This beautiful estate 28 miles from Dublin was originally owned by an Irish banking family of French extraction. One of Ireland’s wealthiest families in the 18th century, Peter La Touche and his heirs inhabited the estate from 1788-1840. Possession was transferred to Viscount Powerscourt (a […]

March 21, 2012

Recycable vs Renewable

I was reading an article “Going Beyond Glass” in Wine Spectator, which I dropped to write this post. The article was about packaging wines : there are many vessels- glass bottles, boxes and barrels, tetra pak cartons, astrapouch, plastic PET bottles, aluminum, kegs and paper. Then each vessel was evaluated on 4 points: renewability, recycability, […]