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Creativity, inspiration and mining the past

Sometimes it’s colour combinations, sometimes it’s motifs and sometimes it’s just the overall essence of an image that provides a creative spur when searching for inspiration. 199 more words

Art History

Traveling In Spirals: Defining Artifact

On the nights we eat spaghetti in front of the television, we carry out artisan crafted Waterford tables made by our friend Ron Light.

In our home these are artifacts, as is the antique table crafted by my husband’s father when he was in high school. 72 more words

The Lives I Might Have Lived

I’m a history buff. I studied history for my bachelor’s degree and area studies for my master’s. Since I was a child, I have fantasized about living in particular historical eras and places, being a part of the periods and events which have shaped humanity’s shared heritage. 545 more words

Daydream Springs

SAID, Soho

Caffè e Cioccolato…two of my favourite things, so this little find on Broadwick Street, Soho, is a real gem. This quirky Italian chocolate shop is also a lovely cafe that serves great coffee, cakes and liquid like hot chocolate. 179 more words


Hand Painted Wallpaper ♥ Want Wednesday No. 1

De Gournay paper and murals from the masters of the most exquisite wallpaper hand made by artisans has always been Number 1 on my dream list for decorating a room, (or Gracie Studios as a close second as well).  333 more words


Maybe Crazy, but not Stupid

Ma Yun applied to study at Harvard 10 times and was rejected each time.

Yun had to deal with rejection many times in his life: born during Mao’s Cultural Revolution when schools and businesses were being destroyed, such that formal education and trade was at a low in China during… 783 more words



I went to Gail’s in Battersea just before Christmas with some really lovely old family friends and I loved the place! Such incredible pastries, cakes and lots of other goodies! 191 more words