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Dream Staircase (with Books)

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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 […]

Living A Creative Life: A Colorful Home


Claudia Alves Carreiro has filled her home with painted furniture and vibrant textiles: I want to move in and hang out on the couch with the cat… (More photos by Claudia here.)

Marie Claire Maison: A Breath of Fresh Air


I’m so in love with this house featured in the May/June issue of Marie Claire Maison. The Chinese paper lantern hung from an old ceiling medallion is my idea of fine decor! Have a look: The photo spread features the house of Myriam and Dominique, who traded in their life in Paris for a more […]

A Sweet Hudson Valley Cottage

Hudson Valley Cottage

Happy Saturday…The October issue of The World of Interiors is out this week with a profile of the Hudson Valley retreat of architects Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown. It’s really charming, compete with gingerbread: I love the modern touches in this room mixed with old fashioned textiles: This kitchen is so cute with the vintage […]

A Charming Paris Apartment

Paris Charm

I love French decor magazines and this week I’m completely enthralled with the new issue of Côte Paris.  This edition features the 6ème Arrondissement apartment of Charlotte de La Gràndiere, the owner of a furniture and clothing textile store called Rue Herold, near the Jardin du Palis Royal. The beginning of the Côte Paris story is […]

Florilège Vintage

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The September issue of Marie Claire Maison has a feature on the home of Léa Bawnager in southern Sweden. The magazine calls it “florilège,” which translates in English to anthology, a bouquet of verse. The house is filled with treasures from Ms. Bawnager’s store, Affär, in Copenhagen. (The store has a website featuring a selection […]

L’esthétique éclectique


The French decor magazine Ideat has a feature in this month’s issue on stylist Marcus Hay’s eclectic New York apartment.It’s packed with good stuff: I especially love the hallway filled with art! For more: Hay showcases his esthetic sensibility on his website and on his blog, Fluff ‘n’ Stuff. (Photos by Jonny Valiant)  

Bloomsbury meets Portobello Road — in Paris


One of my friends once joked that even if she became temporarily homeless she’d need a PO box just to get her monthly copy of The World of Interiors. It’s easy to understand why. So few magazines capture the British Eclectic sensibility as marvelously as this glossy tome. An article in the September issue on […]

Homespun Style: Frillie Designs


I came across these photos by Shella of Frillie Designs the other day. They’re snapshots of her house in a little coastal village in Essex, England:   Shella’s home will be featured in a new book, called “Homespun Style,” by interior stylist Selina Lake and photographer Debi Treloar. This is going to be an amazing […]

Matchbook Magazine, May Issue


The new issue of Matchbook Magazine is out today. As you guys know I LOVE this magazine…but I’m especially excited this month because I’m included as one of the featured bloggers. We were asked: What would you bring to a potluck? Visit the magazine here! PS: We’re finally done moving…Now comes the hard part: unpacking […]

Can’t walk away…

Stand Strong

…can’t quit… Last night I had made a decision to close down this blog. But the truth is, I just can’t. It’s too important to me for reasons I know all of you understand. I’m sorry about the drama. Come what may, I’m here to stay.(Photo by Parpadeo.)  

Closing Down English Muse

Because of circumstances outside my control, I regret to tell you that I must close down English Muse. I want to thank you for all your love and support over the past three years, especially last year after the death of my father.I’m going to keep my RSS feed open, so please save it on […]

The Sweetest Little Cottage


I was searching the Internet today for information on renovating Victorian cottages when I came across a New York Times story on this fantastic little housein the Catskills: It was an old hunting cabin that Sandra Foster turned into the romantic Victorian cottage she had always wanted. You even have to use a ladder to […]

Anatomy of Style: Vintage


I positively devoured this Guardian story by the paper’s weekend Space editor, Hannah Booth. In this piece, Miss Booth pokes through the home of vintage maven Jo Kornstein, owner of the posh London boutique, Howie & Belle. Have a look: Turquoise paint and vintage satin pillows. Outstanding!

Print Is Not Dead: Anthology Magazine


Hello everyone.I’m crazy about this new decor magazine called Anthology. It was created by Anh-Minh Le, a regular contributor to The San Francisco Chronicle Datebook and Home & Garden sections, and by Meg Mateo Ilasco, who has authored six books, including Craft, Inc. and Crafting a Meaningful Home. The duo have adopted the motto “Print […]

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