wallpaper Wednesday

Catherine Rose Pink by Cabbages & Roses.  If you are not familiar with Cabbages & Roses, it is a brand that started as a small mail order business, grew into a shop in London, and now is returning to its roots as an online boutique and pop-up store.  Some say it is the British equivalent… Continue reading wallpaper Wednesday

from the archives: a country house at Christmas

Sometimes there is nothing better than to dig into my stash of old magazine clippings (I know you have them too). Why? Why do we have them? Why dig into them? For inspiration and escape, I suppose (and because aren’t we all a bit frazzled this time of year?). In the 2015 issue of Veranda… Continue reading from the archives: a country house at Christmas

proper tea, muddy Wellies, and Jane Austen: Kate goes to England (and stays)

I would like to trade Wellies with Kate. That is to say: I’ve always dreamed of living in a small village in the English countryside like she does. I first met Kate through her blog, Our Haystack, where she writes quite elegantly about leaving her home in Australia and living the life that many of… Continue reading proper tea, muddy Wellies, and Jane Austen: Kate goes to England (and stays)

around my house: embracing autumn (and some thoughts on decorating)

Around my house, I’m embracing the autumn days instead of rushing the holidays. I’m lingering on the falling leaves, the changing light, and the cool air that means sweaters and blankets and fires because this season is fleeting, unlike winter, which stays and stays. My mother decorated seasonally (it was one of her great talents… Continue reading around my house: embracing autumn (and some thoughts on decorating)

the elegant charm of antique herbarium pages

Who among us hasn’t pressed a flower between the pages of a book and been charmed at the outcome? Pressed flowers and foliage can be a lovely way to add a garden element to a room, and so I’m always on the hunt for antique herbarium pages. I recently purchased a set from the 1940s.… Continue reading the elegant charm of antique herbarium pages