My Desk in Summer

Here’s a look at my (messy) desk and (overexposed) window. The rosemary is from a garden outside our window (not mine, but given permission to take some sprigs!). The frame was thrifted and the print inside is: Lady Agnew, c.1892-1893 by John Singer Sargent.


Use the Good, Throw Out the Bad Stuff

A Dinner Table at Night. John Singer Sargent, 1884. People using their good stuff.

This morning I was listening to an interview with The Daily Connoisseur in which she encouraged us all to use our best things… every day. As I took in her words, I looked down at the t-shirt I was wearing […]

Sac Historic House Profile: Castle Drogo


Recently I spent a lot of hours on, feverishly attacking the search function as I traced my family’s roots to England, Scotland and Ireland. I had heard great stories of our ancestors passed down through the generations “an Earl, or if not an Earl then definitely a peer…” or “he was a […]

L’Amour Fou

I’m very much looking forward to seeing this film – as you can see from the trailer, YSL lived in an amazing house!

New Rooms for Old Houses

Photo courtesy of Taunton Press

We love the charm and character of old houses. We can imagine Rockwell-style celebrations at the hearth and licking ice cream cones while sitting on sturdy front porches. It’s not just that these houses have unique designs or were built in a time when the best materials were used […]

Green Card (the movie) – Bronte’s NYC Apartment

I’ts been a long time since I’ve talked about my favorite movie interiors – the last was Meg’s You’ve Got Mail apartment – so I thought I’d show some captures from the fantastic Peter Weir film Green Card. This apartment is fantasy living on a whole ‘nother level and I can’t remember from the film […]

Sac Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

Sacramento Historic House will be supporting the Sacramento Mid-Century Home Tour on June 26. I’m betting this is going to be an excellent event and very busy so be sure to get your tickets in advance. Here is some info from the website:

“Tickets are $20 in advance and will be available to purchase […]

Sac Historic House Profile: The Sainte Claire

Recently, I watched the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor and the film got me thinking about the scarcity of luxury and quality in this modern world. There is something so inspiring in a beautifully designed evening gown or a multi-course meal prepared with care and forethought or a luxury hotel that is actually… luxurious!


A Simple Kind of Life

My husband and I are rewatching the wonderful BBC series All Creatures Great & Small for the holidays. I just love to snuggle under a blanket on the couch, turn on the Christmas tree lights, maybe indulge in a splash of Glenlivet and watch our old friends James, Siegfried and Tristan.

One thing I […]

Phoebe In Wonderland

I loved this movie.