Beauty in an all too often ugly world

So many people with ugly thoughts and troubling behavior in the world. It’s a fact of life I guess. But we all need a counterbalance.  I choose to calm my mind and soul with beauty. People with beautiful spirits, beautiful surroundings, beautiful food and beautiful art.

Plato wrote: “Beauty is certainly a soft, smooth, slippery thing, and therefore of a nature which easily slips in and permeates our souls.”

This 1880’s beauty is in Manhattan. It is owned by  J. Crew Creative Director, Jenna Lyons.



Magical Mushrooms

Love, love, love Mushrooms. My sister Celia makes the best mushroom risotto. I like to sauté them in garlic and butter and I’m not ashamed to say, I eat it right out of the pan. Portobello, chanterelle, cremini , oyster, white, you name it…yum!

Fresh is best and being a city girl there are few opportunities to walk the woodland; (and I’m not eating the odd-looking mushroom that grows on the dead stump in front of my house). There is another way. Grow your own, easy, peasy and beautiful.

Back To The Roots is one company that makes it possible and it’s available at Loblaws or online.




Big, bad, tufted

For those of you who have a hard time getting out of the house each morning, skip this story. The reason? You may never want to leave the house ever again.

This has to be the biggest, baddest, most comfortable, over the top, glorious tufted sofa in the world. It’s 12 feet long by 7.5 feet deep, designed to make you feel like you’ve landed on a cloud. Just imagine chilling out here, drink in hand, watching Star Trek on you 65 inch 3D TV. Joy enough to bring a small tear to your eye? You bet.

Ok, most of us don’t have the square feet of living room space for this beauty…we should perhaps be grateful, one less excuse to stay home.


Small and loving it

Small spaces always fascinate me. It really comes down to being smart about layout, decorative choices editing. The fact is you can live large in a small home.

This 29 square metre apartment…that’s just over 300 square feet is in Wroclaw, Poland.  There’s room to sleep, cook, bath and yes even entertain.