Life Happens Around the Table

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Many of the most important moments in my life take place around the dining room table.  Cooking and entertaining for friends.  Laughing and crying.  Speaking passionately or hardly speaking at all as we tuck into the food before us.  When I was back in the USA, I realized how much I miss this in my teeny Paris studio.  I miss hosting dinner parties that start with good food and last all night because the conversation is just that good.  I’m dreaming about the day that I have the space to entertain again.  These are a few dining rooms I wouldn’t mind spending a lifetime around.

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Comfortable Living

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Some living rooms are just comfortable.  The invite you in, welcoming you to curl up with a book and a cup of tea.  You want to sink into the sofa and you instantly feel at home.  They are designed to be lived in.  These pics inspire me and I can only hope to have a living room as lovely as one of these someday.

 

What do you think?  How do you make your living room into a cozy, inviting place to be?

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Sweet Dreams for Guests

 

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Prior to embarking on my MBA and moving into a teeny tiny studio in Paris, I rented a house with a good friend of mine in the San Francisco bay area.   When we were looking for a place, one of the things that sold us on this house was that there was a tiny guest house out back.  It was so nice to have a separate place for friends and family when they came to visit.  They could sleep as late as they wanted, do what they wanted, and they never interfered with our routines and we never interfered with their sleep.  These are a few of my favorite guest houses.  They are sure to bring sweet dreams.

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It’s The Little Things That Count

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Woven Tapestries from Native Line

Sometimes it’s the little things that count.  The accents are what makes a home beautiful and gives it personality.  They can be small and elegant but eye-catching.  It can be the corner of a room that is just so or a small vase added to a shelf.  Simple, neutral and beautiful, here are a few of the little things that I love.

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Green Garden Living

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I’ve been in Amsterdam for the past four days (more about that soon) and it is such a beautiful city.  One of the things I love most is that there are flowers everywhere.  People create entire gardens by the stairs leading into their home.  This had me thinking of plants and gardening.  I can’t wait until I am a bit more settled and create something similar.  In the meantime, here are some garden inspiration pics for gardens of all sizes.

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Outdoor Living

Outdoor 11The weather is finally warm in Paris and it makes me so happy!  I want to spend all my time outdoors.  Seriously, I don’t think I would ever go inside if I could get away from it.  I’m addicted to fresh air, sunshine and warmth.  I spent all the summers of my childhood outdoors from sunrise from sunset.  I climbed trees and buildings, picked berries, chased other children, and rode my bike.  There’s something about those first few days of warmth that make me a bit wild.  I want to break all the rules, ditch all my responsibilities, and just play.  I remember years ago when I lived in Chicago I made my boyfriend drag our mattress outside to the backyard on the first semi-warm day so we could sleep outside.  He thought I was crazy and spent the night shivering.  I loved it.  Here are a few spots that I could easily while away an afternoon.

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Working from Home in Style

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For some people working from home sounds like hell.  For me it is something I would love to be able to do at least part of the time.  My dream would be to create a quiet, beautiful space within which to work.  Here are a few lovely home offices.  What about you?  To work at home or not?

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