Category Archives: living

Paris In Winter

Sometimes, it seems that the universe aligns to deliver the book you need at the exact moment you need it. This January, Paris In Winter was that book.* Written and gloriously illustrated in watercolor by Minnesota-based artist David Coggins, Paris In Winter (powerHouse Books $24.95) serves as a memoir/journal of his family’s annual trips to Paris, a […]


I continue to envelop myself in January’s quiet, poring over gardening magazines and taking lots of walks. A recent addition to my magazine habit is the English publication Gardens Illustrated — which oddly enough, I came across while at the Chicago Botanic Garden over the holidays. While flipping through the latest issue, dreaming of my future […]

Favorites: January 2016

Here we are at January, again. Suddenly, there’s all the time in the world but less that I’m motivated to do. I’ve dragged out the non-original, repetitive (yet well-intended) resolutions for a re-boot, and am hopeful that in this winter/spring of uncertainty, that the pieces will naturally fall into place. Less broody is the thought […]

‘Flea’ at Jayson Home

The problem with sale shopping (for me, anyway) is that I immediately abandon the plan to scavenge for deals and instead home in on the new, full-price merchandise. Case in point: yesterday’s scroll through Jayson Home‘s “Flea” sale ended with me coveting the gorgeous, not-on-sale items. I’d love to add one of the pieces shown here […]

Barbara Macfarlane

One big advantage of living in London is the easy access a big city provides to an amazing range of art. Whether at a small gallery, or large museum, or a happenstance stumbling across a street fair, there are myriad ways to connect with artists and derive inspiration. One of my happiest discoveries in 2015 […]