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How and Why to Develop a Three Year Plan

February 16, 2018

I know that this post is a bit of a departure from our regular content but I find this exercise so constructive, I think it’s worth sharing.   I know that so many of you also run your own businesses, but even on a personal level, this exercise can be very clarifying so I recommend it to anyone, no matter what stage of life. Just over three years ago, Will and I took a crash course in business.  It was a…

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Easy Weekend Entertaining Techniques

February 15, 2018

We have visitors a lot, we love it.  There is something about living in a warmer climate and a dreamy city which seems to draw in an endless stream of family and friends.    Here is how I prepare for guests to make sure that it is an easy, relaxed trip with very little stress for either party. First, prep the house.   I like to keep the guest room ready to roll so that if a friend decides to crash…

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The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Table

February 12, 2018

I loved pulling this setting together so much!  It’s a combination of my favorite colors, textures and a blend of beach-y St. Barth’s vibes meets English Countryside (see pillows/tulips/garden stool).    Setting this scene was an afternoon of bliss, I love nothing more than throwing on my music (hello tropical house) and pulling from what I already have in the house.  This might be the most extreme example of that because I used the tiles which just arrived for our…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting

February 8, 2018

This post began as a plan to share some of my favorite things that I inherited from my grandmother and where to find them now.   I receive a lot of questions about where certain pieces of furniture, plates, glass, silver and fabric are from.  Most of them have been passed down from my mother’s collection that she inherited from my late grandmother.   I know that this isn’t a particularly useful answer in the context of wondering where something specific is…

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Recipe for Perfect Relaxation

January 29, 2018

I was recently asked about how I handle self-care.   I would say that I am no stranger to it; I really believe in looking after oneself (body and mind) in order to put one’s best foot forward into the world.   Of course in the tangle of day to day life these best intentions are easily lost.  I do have one habit though which always prevails: a delicious, hot bubbly bath. Perhaps because of my English upbringing, or because I have…

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Two Different Ways to Brighten Your Table

January 22, 2018

We spent a very quiet, sleepy weekend at home with our lovely cuddly baby.  We had brunch with relatively new friends on Saturday (they are amazing and hopefully will become very close friends) and then spent the rest of the weekend soaking up the sunny weather on the beach and going for family walks.  I make a big effort to leave my phone at home, or on airplane mode, and to be present.  I know that sounds like such a…

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