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

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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 […]

My Obsession with Adrienne Rich

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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 […]

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One Kings Lane: A Fashionable British Abode

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

Home Magazine: The Art of Living

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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 […]

Less is More at UK Estate

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Hot Pink Peonies, Etc.

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Love the pink lamps, textiles and peonies…But what do you think of that wallpaper?? Photos from Town & Country, World of Interiors and We Heart It.

Carey Mulligan in UK Harper’s Bazaar

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

Home is Where You Park Your Cabin

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Prada Candy L’Eau by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola – Episode 2

Léa Seydoux is just so great!

Awesome People Reading

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From Tumblr blog aptly named Awesome People Reading.

What to Pack to Travel the World

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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.

Bruno Mars at the Beverly Wilshire

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Bruno Mars put on such a great show tonight at the Entertainment Industry’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. And afterward they handed out Sprinkles red velvet cupcakes at the door. Bliss.

Prada Candy by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola Episode 1

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Love this! I can’t wait to see Episode 2.

Vogue Living: White on White Decor

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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… 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)

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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 […]

A Paris Studio: Small Space Inspiration

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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

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“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…. Fall down eight times, stand up nine…Chin up kid.

Sarah Jane Down the Lane

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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.” 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: […]

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