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Mid-Century Modern Style on a Budget


My favourite design-inspiration room set at Grand Designs last week was created by Maxine Brady, an interior stylist from Brighton.  Entitled “Inspiration for First Time Buyers”, she has perfectly created a style-conscious, budget-friendly look in a limited space.  The finished look relies heavily on the current trend fashion for mid-century […]

On Vulnerability and Acceptance

we can only love others as much as we love ourselves by brene brown

I am not a fluffy, happy-clappy, mantra-spouting hippie chick.  My general look of haphazard, boho-motherdom is really just a result of laziness – the clothes are comfortable and I don’t have the strength of will to tiger-mother my children.  Besides the children are as stubborn and strong-willed as I am, […]

Stepping Back In Time In Bayeux

Bayeux mansion

Bayeux is a beautiful town in Normandy which we visited during our recent road trip around the Battle of Normandy sites.  It is famous for the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the Norman conquest of England.  Having escaped relatively unscathed from World War II, the town is full of medieval buildings. […]

The Noa Garden House

Noa in the Fields

The Grand Designs Live event at the Excel Centre this week has no shortage of structures that you could place in the garden for extra living space.  By far the most stylish garden house though has got to be the Noa Garden House sold through Katus Architecture. The Noa Garden […]

Cherry Blossom Festival

cherry trees

Most people have heard about the National Cherry Blossom Festival that is held in Washington D.C. every spring in celebration of the friendship between Japan and the United States.  You can even keep track of the cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) that burst into colour on Bloom Watch.  This year […]

Rattan for Inside and Out

Swivel San Brown

Our rental house in North Carolina last week was a typical Southern beach house.  The house was blessed with double porches and large windows which gave fantastic views over Currituck Sound. This house had one of the most comfortable chairs that I have ever sat in.  It was fairly unattractive […]


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