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breakfast alfresco

A sure sign of the spring arriving here is whether or not we can have breakfast outside.   Last weekend it was possible at last and I savored every minute of it. Why do we love to eat outside so much?  Is it just a need for natural light, the touch of the sun on our shoulders, the  sound of the birdsong, the breeze in the trees, or simply the fact that I can multitask on garden planning while sipping coffee?! I’d also say that civilised breakfasts are one of the perks of being empty...

the may edition of my stylish french box

Only a couple of weeks until we ship the May edition of My Stylish French Box.   This is always an exciting moment for me.    The box has nearly sold out again (like every other box so far!), and all the contents have arrived here, ready to be prepped and triple checked before we move into packing mode at the beginning of May. We called this box May Blossom, not because you will be covered with white petals when you open it, but because we love this time of year when spring has sprung, and...

a country cottage in england – home to bee osborne

Now and again we love to showcase country homes in other parts of the world, because Normandy does not have the copyright on the country home concept! Today I want to show you the home of Bee Osborn who has this charming little cottage in the British countryside.  I discovered Bee and her universe via her instagram account, where she shares shots of her home and her work.  Bee works as an interior designer on beautiful projects all over the world, but when she gets home to Oxfordshire she...

mary cassatt in paris

If you are in Paris this spring, then treat yourself to this gorgeous Mary Cassatt exhibition. If you don’t already know  the Musée Jacquemart André in Paris, then this is definitely one to make time for.  The beautiful building was home to collectors Edouard André and Nélie Jacquemart. The mansion was constructed in the early 1870’s, and today it is still decorated in the style that André and Jacquemart would have enjoyed during their life there together. After their deaths, the...

easter in the garden

My easter weekend has been spent in the garden …. not in the bright beautiful sunshine you see in these pictures, but beneath a menacing grey sky.  If you had stopped by you would have found me in muddy boots, wearing an old ‘gardening’ coat, either ankle deep in the compost heap or planting like crazy, and telling the plants to hang in there, because the sun is about to come out. Any of you who garden will know about these moments.  This is the very unglamorous side of...

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