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Coastal Style Inspiration


We are visiting friends in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for Easter.  The beautiful beach environs inspires me to think of coastal style. I think these rules are apt because there really shouldn’t be any more expectations of life at the beach than these rules.  I’m considering buying this […]

Hunting for Chocolate

eggs hanging from tree

In the U.S., easter egg hunts are everywhere in the run-up to Easter.  The tradition starts at the top with the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.  This year’s Easter Egg Roll is the 136th year of the event and will take place on April 21st.  Involving […]

Lavender’s Blue

Munstead Lavender

I’ve been wondering what to do with the front garden for a while now.  The ornamental grasses have gotten a little too wayward.  So, I was intrigued when Tim Milward from Plant Me Now suggested a lavender hedge on the sides of the buxus plants that I have.  They would […]

New Life for Old Stables

horse statue

The Camden Stables Market is a rabbit warren of old historic buildings which houses hundreds of shops among its stables, warehouses, arches and other structures.  Housed in the old Victorian Stables, the buildings’ history is fascinating and a glimpse into the rapid expansion of Georgian London. Although Camden started out […]

Home Renovation Update

front porch added

Our summer home has been having a facelift over the winter.  The wish list I set out last year for our architect was definitely ambitious.  Due to budget and timing constraints we have had to cut back completely on adding the garage.  I won’t get to visit our house until […]

Itching for an Etching

french fields

My family and I went out to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea a couple of weeks ago. Our children like these fairs because the art is quite approachable.  No one tells them to shush and maintain their dignity.  They like looking for quirky artwork and usually there is some […]

Visiting Kenwood House


You don’t actually need to leave London to get the whole English country house experience if you are a visitor to London with limited time.  My last post looked at the famed Adam designed library at Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath.  The rest of the house is beautiful too!  The outside […]

Kenwood’s Colourful Library


I had the pleasure of having a tour of Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath a couple of weeks ago.  English Heritage has undertaken a fabulous restoration of Kenwood.  The result is light and bright, a far cry from the austere, gloomy house I remember from visiting a few years ago. […]


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