Category Archives: living

John Derian: Fall 2015

It’s not even Halloween yet, but I’m already sneakily starting to think about Christmas lists, both for giving and receiving. John Derian‘s fall 2015 collection is bursting with decoupage plates and paperweights that show off my favorite subjects (birds, foliage, and constellations) to simple, elegant effect. A few of my favorites are highlighted above — I was […]

My London: Produce Stands

There are many things to love about living in London, chief among which is the weather (no arguments, natives: you’re wrong), but one of the happiest surprises was the abundance of top-notch produce stands. Open year round, which to a former Chicagoan is a dream come true. Whatever the neighborhood, have a wander: more likely […]

Tricia Foley Life|Style

“Tastemaker” and “Curator” are titles that can quickly lose meaning in today’s “everyone’s an expert” world, but there is no doubting designer Tricia Foley‘s credentials as a lifestyle authority. She’s written numerous books, consulted for Ralph Lauren Home and Wedgwood, and has a decorating aesthetic well known for interiors that are soothing and elegant, yet […]

Fern Verrow

The older I get, the harder I am to impress. And while I haven’t exactly been a star pupil of the Marie Kondo method, I have been quick to apply Kondo’s “Does it spark joy?” rule when considering new purchases. The brand-new Fern Verrow cookbook passes the Kondo test with flying colors: it’s full of joy. […]

#exploring Bath: The Fig Store

I’ve been to Bath twice now: my introduction to the city was a whirlwind day trip showcasing the best of the city, courtesy of my host, Cereal Magazine‘s über-chic travel savant, Editor-in-Chief Rosa Park. Even at our not-enough-time frenetic pace, I could sense Bath’s laid-back vibe and fell in love with the city’s gorgeous Georgian architecture. Earlier […]