Cotswold Country House

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I found my dream country home across the pond in the Cotswolds. Isn’t it handsome? I especially love the bedroom below with the grey beams and blue and white table lamps. Light Locations is a catalogue of spectacular photo shoot settings throughout the UK. There are plenty of tempting options, but this renovated barn looks rather ideal for my future pug farm. Even Alfred approves.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys

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Looking for a little something for your handsome fellow? Above are some ideas I love. They’re dapper, classic, and all under $100. 

1. Needlepoint Airplane Cufflinks – cool grandpa style… // 2. Utah by Gately Williams – an art print for his office wall… // 3. Herschel Supply Co. Travel Dopp Kit – so he’s traveling in style… // 4.  Navy Gingham Tie – tried and true classic… // 5. Wood iPhone Case – love the wood grain… // 6. Timex Weekender Watch – seriously handsome stripe… // 7. Field Notes Ruled Memo Books – for writing you love poems… // 8. Vans Washed Canvas Sneakers – so sweet, they’ll never go out of style… // 9. Monogrammed Pewter Flask – I’d put something cheeky on it…

 

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Big Sur + Weekend Links

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Thank god it’s Friday! This weekend I’m meeting an old friend up in Carmel. He wants to go hiking in Big Sur (it’s going to be 72 degrees!) and I want to drink wine at Casanova. They’ll be plenty to instagram. I went to high school in the area and it’s near and dear to my heart. Do you have any thrilling weekend plans? Do tell! And now for some fun weekend links:

- “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This”
- Fascinating story of jewelry designed by the daughter of a French social anthropologist that married a Maasai warrior
– A woodsy candle for cozy winter nights
– Amelia Bedelia, anyone? Dress Like Your Favorite Children’s Book Character
- Trying to eat less peanut butter and more salads. Starting with this one.
- These tights are the best thing that happened to my half-marathon training
– Anya Hindmarch’s Guide to London (I loved visiting her Belgravia shop)
– Excited be selling these new fashion illustrations on Buddy Editions
– Would you try this yogurt, avocado, and honey mask? I just might…
– My little brother recommended Transparent and I’m almost done with season one. It’s heart warming and funny and brilliant.

 

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Kitchen Renovation

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How handsome is this kitchen renovation featured by Canadian magazine House & Home? Completed by husband and wife team Suzanne Dimma and Arriz Hassam, the space has a lovely balance of masculine and feminine touches that I so appreciate. There’s an informative “Before & After” video in which Suzanne walks through the renovation process. The transformation (wait till you see the before!) is pretty spectacular. I love the vintage rugs, marble waterfall island, and mixture of cabinetry finishes. I’ve long been obsessed with the notion of making over a “fixer upper” and the day I buy my first home will be one of the happiest days of my life (which is why this book gave me a good laugh). In the meantime, I suppose I’ll just have to keep pinning to my “dream home” boards.

 

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