July 30, 2009, 7:26 am
Filed under: pretty paper by me

happy birthday to us!

I know some people don’t like birthdays, but I say, any excuse for festivities!  In fact, I’m a big fan of having a birthday week — or a birthday month, when I’m feeling expansive.   Since my birthday is one week from today, let the celebrating begin…

Wherever I have lived, I’ve always had at least one friend — but usually two, or three, or four friends — sharing my birthday week.  {People really must need to get cozy once November arrives.  Or perhaps it’s more about Halloween??}  The more the merrier for a party!

Now in London, the tradition continues.  So to kick off my birthday week, I thought I’d share the invitation I designed for this year’s festivities — a Sunday lunch picnic, with rain or shine location options, so very London in many ways — shared with my friend Cathy.  She just returned from her annual family holiday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, so a preppy vibe inspired the pink and green…



July 27, 2009, 4:57 pm
Filed under: welcome
a mood board about me

a mood board about me

the most perfect kitchen | first love | wedded bliss | a little work | retro metro | perfect paris lunch, take 1 | make new friends but keep the old | perspective, take 1 | inner peace | naughty + nice | a dream cookbook collection – or, if i were a restaurant, take 1 | perfect paris lunch, take 2 | champagne with a view | the bigger the better | just girly enough | if i were a restaurant, take 2 | bookworm since birth| home sweet home at the moment | city girl in spirit, country girl at heart | afternoon delight | the most perfect colour | holiday | perfect mix | perspective, take 2 | more because it’s orange than because it’s a bike | make your mark | texture + light

all photos by me except where noted

July 23, 2009, 8:34 am
Filed under: welcome



Welcome to my blog.

I love beautiful things.  Celebrations.  Clothes that make you feel good.  Old things that look new, and new things that look old.  Reading. Libraries.  Friends who make you smile.  Real, good food.  Cooking.  Cozy restaurants.  Cupcakes.  Extra long sleeves and the perfect pair of boots.  Yoga.  London.  Home.  Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, wine with dinner.  And sometimes lunch.  Champagne. Photography. Sunny days, the sound of the rain, and having just enough of both.  Traveling and exploring, settling back in.  Making a home.  Dinner parties.

And I really love paper.  Its textures, its look, its feel, its perfect contrast with crisp print and colour. Its way of making things seem more special, more personal.  Its possibilities.

I believe in doing things your way, not just or necessarily the right way.  I believe in being thoughtful and inspired, creative and logical, reverent and irreverent.  I believe in saying something, and making a statement.  I believe in looking closer, and in looking around. I believe in the power of research, and in telling a good story.  I believe in taking chances and following your gut.

This blog is about all those things.  Thanks for reading.