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An 18th Century English Cottage Home Tour

Influenced by the writings of Jane Austen, I dream of living in a charming cottage in the English countryside. When I saw this home tour in House and Garden UK  of a former 18th century rectory in Oxfordshire, I was smitten. The original rectory, built of Cotswold stone in the classic Georgian style, has gone through…… Continue reading An 18th Century English Cottage Home Tour

Design · Entertainment · Food · Inspiration · Interiors

Friday Finds 11•17•17

Here are this week’s finds: An impressive blue and white kitchen and family room makeover   An antique collector’s historic and traditional home tour    Boston designer Erin Gates recently updated her portfolio   Ina Garten’s simple, foolproof Thanksgiving menu and tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving   A movie review for “Lady Bird”, which gets my pick for…… Continue reading Friday Finds 11•17•17

Architecture · Design · Home Tour · Inspiration · Interiors

An Elegant, Traditional Home in Birmingham

What some of you might not realize is that I publish this blog in collaboration with my 14-year-old daughter. Although the writing is mine, many of the blog post ideas come from her. Today’s post is one of those. My daughter was browsing through interior designer portfolios online and found a house tour that, she…… Continue reading An Elegant, Traditional Home in Birmingham

Design · Inspiration · Interiors · Textiles

Decorating With Suzanis

Suzanis, hand-embroidered tribal textiles made in Central Asia since the 15th century, are a wonderful way to add color, pattern, and interest to a space. They come in many colors, are made primarily from cotton, and contain natural designs such as depictions of the sun, the moon, flowers, vines, and animals. Below are some close-up examples…… Continue reading Decorating With Suzanis

Design · Home Tour · Inspiration · Interiors · Tiny Homes

A Charming Cottage Home Tour

When I saw this tiny cottage in Country Living Magazine last year, I fell in love with everything about it. This home, located in Redlands, California, is 970 square feet and was built in 1890 as the gardener’s cottage on an estate. Janet Korff, who writes the lifestyle blog The Gardener’s Cottage, and her husband, on a quest…… Continue reading A Charming Cottage Home Tour

Design · Fabric · Fashion · Inspiration · Interiors

Inspired by Blue Velvet

Velvet evokes feelings of glamour, luxury, and warmth. There is nothing like curling up in a velvet chair on a cold night. When you wear something made of velvet, you feel elegant and refined.  Blue velvet, in particular, is a rich and sumptuous fabric that elevates any outfit or living space. As the weather is…… Continue reading Inspired by Blue Velvet