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World of Interiors: Spotlight on Fabric

Love the mix of stripe, floral and toile, from the March issue of World of Interiors.

A Five-Volume Set of Bird Illustrations Sells for $191,000 ?

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 […]

My Obsession with Adrienne Rich

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 […]

Less is More at UK Estate

What would it be like to live in a world without stuff? I have so many collections, I’ve never contemplated living in a house with neutral tones and few knickknacks. But I really love the decor of this UK estate featured recently on 1st Option… Liberating or Blah?!?

Collection Obsession

Rings…Old Keys…Angels Tiny Retablos by Lynn Garlick Old and New Tea Tins Bits of ribbon…Stars…Coins Sometimes it’s all about the little things…  

A Cabin in the High Sierras

Every summer we head to our cabin on a remote lake in the High Sierras. This year I decided to decorate a bit… I made a pine wreath with wild flowers…

Joan Didion Honored at the White House

Joan Didion was one of 24 leading figures in American arts and culture who gathered on Wednesday in East Room of the White House, where President Obama made the annual presentation of the National Medals of Art and the National Humanities Medals. She looked so frail as she made her way, with a special escort, […]

Vogue Living: East Side Story

Such a great color blue in this little Sydney cottage. I painted our library this color in one of our old houses. It looked amazing with white book shelves. Photos from Vogue Living Australia.

UK House & Garden: Natural Tones

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 […]

Carey Mulligan in UK Harper’s Bazaar

Lovely photos in the June issue by Tom Allen Can’t wait to see Great Gatsby!

Home is Where You Park Your Cabin

One Kings Lane: A Fashionable British Abode

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

Home Magazine: The Art of Living

LOVE the kilims on the porch at this rural abode in South Africa, via the May issue of Home magazine. And the Victorian furniture… The cat on the kitchen table… This is my first time reading Home magazine from South Africa.  I really love it (reminds me a little of the old Dominos. )  Searching […]

Awesome People Reading

From Tumblr blog aptly named Awesome People Reading.

What to Pack to Travel the World

Artist Windy MacNaughton creates the most interesting illustrations, and this travel one — per Nellie Bly — is especially good. Gotta love a woman who travels with a flask, (3) veils and an ink stand.

Vogue Living: White on White Decor

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… 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 […]

A Small Cottage (with cats)

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 […]

A Paris Studio: Small Space Inspiration

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

Tumblr Mottos to Live By

“Don’t look back, you’re not going there anyway.” “Forgiveness starts with realizing the other person is barking mad.” “Eat. Read. Sleep.”I have a file full of Tumblr quotes…Words to live by, my friends….   Keep on keeping on…

Sarah Jane Down the Lane

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.” The file belongs to “stylist, creative consultant, visual storyteller” Sarah Prall. She bookmarks interiors…and the requisite deer photos… Peeling fences and tattered quilts…. Old-fashioned dilapidates… Still Lifes… Colorful knits […]

Bombino is great at parties, magic on rainy mornings, stronger than Aderrall and, not least, a romance reviver

Christmas comes early this year. And if you are good girls and boys, you will now open a great present by clicking this link to buy the CD from Amazon, or this link for the MP3 download. What are you getting? “Nomad,” 40 minutes of music by an African guitarist who’s called Bombino. It’s protein-rich: […]

Pu-erh. You heard it here first. A year from now? It will be on the lips of many.

Jesse Kornbluth, of, serving you excellent tea. Alice Waters drinks Pu-erh tea. And swears by it. “My cholesterol went down 100 points since I started drinking this,” she says. ”It was extreme. That’s not a small endorsement. I ordered some. And opened it while we were having dinner with a friend from Texas. It […]

‘She stood for a moment, hugging herself. The glory of her. England stood before him, naked in the darkness.’

Jesse Kornbluth, of, here to praise one of his favorite writers. “A major literary event.” That’s the phrase for any novel by James Salter, and especially “All That Is.” First, because Salter is known in the trade as a “writer’s writer” — underappreciated by the public but revered by those in the know. Then, […]

Where Do You Read?

Hello,  English Musers! It’s Hannah B. again from  Secrets of a Belle. This past weekend, while the rain pitter-pattered on the window, I spent some time curled up on the couch lost in a new favorite book. This got me to thinking. Where do you other people read? Do you curl up on the couch […]

From the Desk of Jane Austen: 100 Postcards

How did I not know about these amazing Jane Austen postcards?! Found these photos tonight on The Daydream Princess tumblr blog. Found them for sale for $13.60 a box on Amazon!

* Twenty * Women * Twenty*

Jesse Kornbluth, of, this week exercising his feminine side and delving into women, women and more women. It used to bug me how, at a certain point at parties, half a dozen of the most interesting women would get up and stroll to the ladies room. Their reason, I came to understand, was neither […]

Silver linings and lemonade

Hello English Muse readers! Karen from A Simple Cup of Tea once again. I don’t know how the weather is doing around your part of the world but here in Cardiff it’s pretty rainy. My hometown in Belgium isn’t much better: snow. Now I nearly talked about how depressing the rain is. Nearly. And then I stopped […]

Paris at the end of La Belle Epoque

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