rustic charm

Home Sweet Home: French Cottage Charm

French Regency-Style Cottage House Tour When the owners of this Wiltshire cottage bought it in 2015, its dilapidated state was one of its most attractive qualities; they wanted a renovation project, and this place, with its quiet garden and beautiful trees, was an enticing prospect. Enthusiastic from the outset, the work took less than a […]

tearing the pages

    “Scattered through the ordinary world there are books and artifacts and perhaps people who are like doorways into impossible realms, of impossible and contradictory truth.”     – Jorge Luis Borges.     december   “Wisdom comes with winters.”   – Oscar Wilde   Beatrice Oettinger / Salomos Body – Beeswax on silk Song of […]


* * A Collection of Textile Sample Books. (18th & 19th Century) *   * * Sample books were extremely popular way for manufactures or seamstress to show of their wares.   * * * Most sample books began showing up in the 18th century when fabric weaving was becoming more commercial.  *  * * These Sample […]

yours, yours, in everything and always

  “Sometimes I touch the things you used to touch, looking for echoes of your fingers.”   — Iain S. Thomas     Thimble Hall, Derbyshire, England     Henri Matisse’s illustration for Baudelaire’s poetry collection, Les Fleurs du Mal. via:openculture     via:domus-aurea2         “It is so much safer not to feel, […]


  “Vital lives are about action. You can’t feel warmth unless you create it, can’t feel delight until you play, can’t know serendipity unless you risk.” ― Joan Erickson   THE COTSWOLDS     bellisvintage     Elena Dawson     Seredipity     THE COTSWOLDS       Giambattista Valli haute couture fall/winter 2015-2016 […]

Rustic Wonderful

vintage sewing tools     via:digitaltmuseum     via:fableandflame       Spectacles. C. 1810 The wearing of spectacles became more commonplace in the course of the eighteenth century. Greater numbers were learning to read and Londoners had access to cheap printed material, such as broadsheets and the first daily newspapers. Many people experienced deteriorating […]