The Home Library

When you grow up with a librarian mother, it is perhaps inevitable that you will love books. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve sitting under a big tree on a summer's afternoon with a fresh stack of Nancy Drew mysteries! At the moment, my book collection...

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Parisian Pleasures

Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant - Honoré de Balzac I have been struck by a passion for all things Parisian this week! I think it has come from reading Parisian Chic by Inés de la Fressange (highly recommended). I feel a need for...

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Pool Party

What's your favourite season? Mine is definitely summer. I love the long days and the warm evenings, the sundresses and sandals. To get me through the wet and cold of winter, I love to imagine myself poolside. Not that I own a pool myself, mind you... But let's dream...

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In Praise of Yellow

The daffodils have bloomed! I was so struck by their glorious freshness earlier this week that I immediately started a new Pinterest board in celebration of yellow. How filled with spring this colour is, how cheery and hopeful! If you do nothing else this weekend, pop...

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Magical Spaces for Children

Once upon a time there were two little girls. One had a big mane of strawberry blonde hair and liked nothing more than to curl up with her favourite books. The other was as mischievous as her short curly hair. Their mommy loved to encourage them to play, to use their...

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Freshening in February

I'm not sure about you, but I'm tiring of winter. I saw the first bulbs popping up in my garden the other day and rejoiced at the sight! Sometimes it seems easier to see the beauty of spring outside than it does inside our own homes. How much more pleasant it is to...

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