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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 […]

a moment


~~ Dearest readers, Tina has asked me to let you all know her dear Dad passed away today. Please say a prayer for her and the family. ♥ Liss

White Cells & Blast Cells


Hello my dears, it’s Tina here. I wanted to check in and give you an update on my dad, who is fighting leukemia in the hospital at the moment. For the past week, we’ve been keeping vigil at his bedside, watching helplessly as his body wages a war against a growing army of white blood […]

Some good news, finally


We learned today from our real estate agent that we have ten offers on our house! Almost all of them are above our asking price. The offers arrived with the loveliest, heartfelt letters. There were so many kind comments about the garden from the sweetest people imaginable. I spent most of the weekend on the […]

Loss & Life


Dominique Browning, the former editor of House & Garden, wrote so beautifully in today’s New York Times Magazine about her struggle to rebuild her life after Conde Nast closed the magazine in 2007. I’ve read a lot of layoff stories since I lost my job at the Los Angeles Times in October, but Browning’s captures […]

Ode to a house

It’s official: our little Tudor style house is on the market.If anyone out there is looking for a very cute place in Pasadena, maybe this is the house for you. I would like to write a missive here about my layoff….I’m just going to say this: We spent nearly 12 happy years in this house. […]

Why did you start your blog?


I started English Muse a little over a year ago to help deal with the sadness and hopelessness I felt watching so many of my friends lose their jobs at the Los Angeles Times. After so many years working at the paper, I felt like a refugee there, searching for a community where I belonged. […]

Winter Brightener: Marie Claire Maison Color


Which room do you like the best?

The Creative Spaces of London Fashion Designers

Creative London Spaces

The Guardian has been doing this fabulous series spotlighting one room in the homes of major designers and artists.  Here are a few of my favorites: Lulu Guinness Erdem Alice Temperley I love Erdem’s collage wall!

Charming Stockholm Apartments

Stockholm Charm

I love these photos from the Jeu de Paume series, which I found in my favorite bookstore in LA’s little Tokyo recently! These little apartments have so much style. Have a look: From the apartment of Cajsa Bratt & Pontus Frankenstein. I love the pink fabric. From the apartment of Linda Karlsson. It’s such a […]

Nurit Koniak


Hello dear ones!This is Shokoofeh, here I am again! Okay. We all love lovely images, and we all enjoy a pretty magazine or a photography book while we are drinking some hot coffee with delicious cookies, right? So enjoy these wonderful photographs of {Nurit Koniak}: See you soon!xo

Paris Kitchens


These photos were taken from the latest version of Jeu de Paume’s Paris Kitchens, a charming little tome that I’ve only been able to find in LA’s Little Tokyo. (With text in Japanese!)I love the colorful tins and the make-shift shelves with mismatched crockery.So charming!!The first day of the Twitter conference is over…I’m so tired! […]

A Charming Swedish Cottage


With brightly painted furniture and doors, wide, tall windows, and a greenhouse with a crystal chandelier, I have fallen completely in love with Persilija’s old house and gardens in the North of Sweden. You can see more on her charming flickr photostream, here. And also on her blog, fyrabarnsmamman. Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday! xo

Yellow House, Blue Sea


Hello — Lori from automatism here, with the perfect summer getaway for you today. The design of this charming Swedish summer home — by the architects Thomas Sandell and Anders Landstrom — was based on the classic wooden house of Scandinavian architecture. Built according to traditional methods of construction, its roughly squared logs were slotted […]

Lili Diallo


Hello! It’s Lori of automatism again, and today I’d like to share a space I love — stylist Lili Diallo’s beautiful Brooklyn loft, featured last year in the late lamented Domino magazine. I really admire Lili’s philosophy of starting with neutrals and then adding colour, which works to brilliant effect in her home. She’s also […]

Home Sweet Home

Rustic Charm

Hello, this is Micaela of the blog the Drifter and the Gypsy. I’m guest posting today. What can you do with a budget of $10,000 and a little cottage? Christina Salway and John Moskowitz show the world their first home purchase. The couple flocked to the quaint little suburb, Sparrow Bush, NY due to the […]

A Magazine Favorite: Camping with Style


Normally I would be posting on Domino tonight, but I got distracted by these photos in the newest issue of Country Living. It was the Cath Kidston tent (above) that did it… Or maybe it’s because my secret dream is to live in a little cabin somewhere… I just flipped over these photos… I’m really […]

A Domino Favorite: Buenos Aires


This story about Maria Noel’s Buenos Aires apartment ran in the June 2006 issues of Domino Magazine. I remember immediately falling in love with this upholstered bed… I love how the blue reading lamp is attached to the headboard. Very undesignerly. The black and white chairs in this photo below are wonderful…. This little settee […]

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