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Leaning In, Opting Out and Holding On

Once again, a debate rages in the US between working women and stay at home mothers This latest discussion was set off by the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In, in which the COO of Facebook and billionaire, argues that women should do what it takes to become leaders […]

Missing You

  A couple of weeks ago, at the Affordable Art Fair London,  I met the UK charity Missing People, who were conducting a silent auction in aid of their cause.  They are a 24 hour outreach hotline, used by people whose family members have gone missing and by missing people […]

concrete(ly) speaking again

So, you’re not sure about polished concrete? or maybe your family just isn’t sharing your vision? Perhaps you can reach a happy compromise with concrete tiles.  You won’t get the seamless look of poured concrete floors but it IS less of a commitment. Neisha Crosland has created the Florentine Collection […]

Free downloads from Marimekko

I just found out that Finnish designer Marimekko give free monthly desktop calendars courtesy of How About Orange, one of my favourite blogs.  Some of the  downloads come as desktop wallpapers, Facebook cover photo or Iphone backgrounds. I love Marimekko – their bold, outsized prints add a great pop of colour.  I especially […]

A concrete move

I’m thinking of concrete floors for the basement in our summer house.  They are eco-friendly, great with underfloor heating and reduces dust/allergen issues.  They won’t chip or dent  and great for heavy use areas.  So pretty perfect for those occasional rainy days, when the children are stir crazy in the […]

Hard work if you can get it

Being a mother is hard work, but it’s the best job I’ve ever had. In honour of Mothering Sunday today in Britain, here are 2 fridge magnets that make me laugh.  I hope you have a good one and get treated nicely by your children, if you have any. FYI, […]

Artfully played: Art 13

Last weekend, London Olympia played host to Art 13, the newest London art fair, which was billed as the first of (hopefully) an annual occurrence.  It featured contemporary art from 129 galleries from 30 countries ranging from the usual suspects (the countries of Western Europe) to far away places in […]

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme More

Abigail Ahern suggests decorating hallways, kitchens and bathrooms with items from the living room such as rugs, chandeliers, chairs and wallpaper. I completely buy this idea, especially in an open plan room. Kitchens have become part of the living space but still seem segregated by an invisible wall by their […]

AA to the Rescue: More of Abigail Ahern

As part of her masterclass, Abigail Ahern, let us wander around her home. Her house is beautiful and has been much photographed.  Check out  Todd Selby’s site for some masterful shots. Somewhat less professionally, I took some photographs of vignettes that appealed to me and portrayed some of her unique style. She […]

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