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Yes, it’s true. AbeBooks has revealed that it sold an Italian ornithology on birds from 1765 for an astonishing $191,000 in 2015. Published in Florence, the set — commissioned by the Grand Duchess of Tuscany — contained more than 600 hand-colored engraved plates of birds. The book seller noted that the set’s “fine condition enhanced its value along with the fact that it is a scarce book – only 10 complete copies have been offered at auction in the past 40 years.”

Another book fetching a large sum in 2015:  A first edition of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Inscribed by Dahl with the words “For Jane and Alex with much love Roald Dahl October 1964,” the set sold for $25,000.) Apparently Knopf only published 10,000 copies of the book in 1964. Go figure! AbeBooks notes: “This copy is by far the most expensive Roald Dahl book to sell via AbeBooks and probably the most expensive Dahl book to ever be sold.”  A golden ticket indeed.

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Meanwhile a Russian book, from 1856, on the development of geometry sold for $34,245 and a first-edition set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, signed by  J.R.R. Tolkien was purchased for nearly $20,000.

Forget about finding the Rembrandt in the basement, lovies. Look for the Dahl in grandma’s garage!

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Here you can simply enjoy the nature and your life

The movie “Wild” made poet & writer Adrienne Rich famous among new generation of women.
Her book “The Dream of a Common Language” includes a chapter of 21 love poems.
I’ve read and re-read XVI tonight:

Moony, inlet-warm, seabathed, I watch you sleep
the scrubbed, sheenless wood of the dressing-table
cluttered with our brushes, books, vials in the moonlight–
or a salt-mist orchard, lying at your side
watching red sunset through the screen door of the cabin,
G minor Mozart of the tape-recorder,
falling asleep to the music of the sea…

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here on English Muse.

It’s so nice to be  back….

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Love this latest “Inspired by…” on One Kings Lane.

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LOVE the kilims on the porch at this rural abode in South Africa, via the May issue of Home magazine.

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And the Victorian furniture…

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The cat on the kitchen table…

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This is my first time reading Home magazine from South Africa.  I really love it (reminds me a little of the old Dominos. )  Searching now for back issues….

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Liberating or Blah?!?

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Rings…Old Keys…Angels
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Tiny Retablos by Lynn Garlick

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Old and New Tea Tins

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Bits of ribbon…Stars…Coins

Sometimes it’s all about the little things…

 

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Every summer we head to our cabin on a remote lake in the High Sierras.
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This year I decided to decorate a bit…

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I made a pine wreath with wild flowers…

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I love these natural tones, so very calming. I love the creamware with the natural wood. I admire people who can master this look. It takes discipline. I would have a hard time resisting a few splashes of color. Pink velvet and leopard print get me every time. …
Photos by Richard Boll

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

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There’s a lovely feature on the home of Sydney woman Wendy Paterson in this month’s Vogue Living Australia, showcasing her taste for simplicity…

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Paterson spends her weekends “fossicking” for treasures at flea markets and antique stores.
She tells Vogue Living: “I always want my home to be better on Monday than it is on Friday because of something new I’ve found.”

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“I always want to pare things back so that each object has its own space
— to decorate with the lightest touch.”

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Paterson says: “I love the ghosts of past owners.”

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When she renovated her house, she kept a saying on a wall:
“White is not the mere absence of colour.”

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…LOVE her cameo collection…

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The magazine is available on Zinio.

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This is how our house looks at the moment….

(The woman with moon print is by Rose Walton. I bought it from her a million years ago when she was selling her art on Ebay. I lost track of her for awhile but recently found her on Etsy.)

(Previous places where we’ve lived. Also with cats.)

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I love the stylish use of space in this one room Paris apartment…

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I stack my books too — not always a good idea when you need a book at the bottom of the pile.
In this space, they seem like sculptural art.

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Lately I’ve been bookmarking Pinterest files in my toolbar. Here are some of the photos from one that I’m obsessed with: Sara Jane’s “Down the Lane.

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The file belongs to “stylist, creative consultant, visual storyteller” Sarah Prall. She bookmarks interiors…and the requisite deer photos…

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Peeling fences and tattered quilts….

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Old-fashioned dilapidates…

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Still Lifes…

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Colorful knits from faraway lands…

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Bloomsbury-esque spaces…

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Perfectly named, Down the Lane, if  you’re on a country road….Where I’d really like to be…

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If given the chance, I would paint every wall and floor in our house white.  Of course my spouse objects, saying white floors aren’t  practical.  But I disagree. I painted a bathroom floor once with several thick coats of white deck paint and it was easy to clean with bleach.  I found the photos of this house (below) on 1st Option recently. It’s the perfect example of  Modern Vintage

I love these colorful fabric hearts mixed with crystal strands and shell discs….

This little clothing rack (below) proves that you can fashion anything with pipes from the hardware store….
I love the mix of turquoise and yellow paint on this old cabinet…

Lovely mix of linens and blankets on this vintage bed!  I love to shop at Ikea for colorful sheets, then pair them with vintage coverlets….What do you think??

By the way, this is my first post here in, well, months…I hope you guys are still out there reading…–Tina

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I have always loved cats. Ever since I was a little girl I used to feel sorry for homeless cats and taking them home (which my mom didn’t like at all) and persuading my mom to let them live with us. Today I still love cats and even though I don’t have one at the moment I wish I will have one (or maybe two) one day. Just when I had moved to London 2.5 years ago, my cat Ebba died. We had had her for almost 10 years and she had really become a part of the family- licking my tears when I cried, giving me her paw to hold when I was falling asleep and feeling lonely and always sleeping on my pillow. I miss her a lot. She was black with deep green eyes and nowadays whenever I see a black cat, I think of her. For you other cat lovers out there there is a blog that mimics the Sartorialist called the Catorialist. Here are some images I have collected over the years (from different places that I don’t remember unfortunately). Have a nice weekend! x Jenny

Black cats (Realized Tina had posted this one already but why not see it again?)

Ebba

 

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Sofia Coppola and her husband, French rock star Thomas Mars, have found a gorgeous new home with a rare “secret garden” in the middle of Greenwich Village, according to the Wall Street Journal. The couple paid nearly $10 million for the light and bright abode.

(Real estate listing photos, above, from elliman.com)

I can’t wait to see how she decorates it!

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I was flipping through previous issues of Matchbook Magazine today and I was reminded of how awesome Katie Armour’s story was on Kate and Jack Spade. (In the November issue.) The story stretched over 18 luscious pages, filled with photos of the couple’s New York apartment. SO GREAT! Take a look at some of the shots by the talented Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg:

See the full story HERE!

and…

Don’t forget to enter to win the Kate Spade New Year’s bangle.
Winner will be picked Friday!

xo

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1st Option, the premiere UK property management firm for filming and photography, recently added a Gloucestershire castle to its portfolio of amazing properties. All photos of old castles immediately make me think of the book “I Capture the Castle,” by Dodie Smith. Have a look:


I love the white walls and the stained-glass windowpanes!

MORE PHOTOS HERE.

All this just fuels my castle obsession. My ancestors owned a castle called Owlpen near Bath, England, for four centuries. The family lost the house in 1815 when Thomas Daunt VII nearly burned the place down while practicing witchcraft. (Sorcery seemed to be a family hobby through out the centuries.) The family also owned Kilcascan castle in Cork County, Ireland. If I ever win the lottery, I really want to buy it!

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I love this lovely, bright loft in Gothenburg, Sweden. It’s so cheerful and charming.
My favorite detail: the ladder in use as a bookshelf!

Via Alvhem Makleri.

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The Cincinnati apartment of graphic designer Drew Steinbrecher is beyond wonderful. I love the white walls and the colorful flea market art:

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He’s also a She & Him fan, video via his blog Kitsch Cafe:

PS: check out Drew’s vintage store {HERE!}

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Over the past few years, I’d see this photo every so often on various Internet locales.
Every time I saw it, I would file it away with a note: Someday I want a staircase just like that.

This weekend I finally found the source:

The photo was taken by David Serra, a Zurich-based photographer. It’s a photo of a staircase at his uncle’s Paris apartment. He calls it “Culture Overflowing.” “I enjoy the rare times when I see him and his wife,” Serra wrote on his flickr page. “They perfectly represent the typical Parisian artist couple. I love them.”

David said he started to shoot his first rolls of film in 1999 when his father gave him his old Olympus OM-1.

“Although I was fairly reluctant to go digital, I am now exclusively using digital cam at the expenses
of my OM-1 unfortunately,” he says.

His photography is fantastic. (You can see more of it here!)

Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!

 

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