English Country House Redoux

Jane Ormsby Gore's Country Home

The English have always had panache for comfort and understated style, be it in a Mitford Sisters drawing room or a less than grand ruined country cottage, certain elements and style prevail. Color! Light! Remnants of a life well lived and traveled seem to fill the nooks and crannies of an Englishman’s home or this case an English Woman’s! Though Continue Reading →

Beach House – A Simple Way of Life

Beach Cottage

Beach House. The words alone have the hypnotic associations Henry James once famously ascribed to summer afternoon, “the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Much of the beach house’s allure is in its reflection of a simpler way of life, a pared-down existence where the breeze is the housekeeper, the furnishings don’t mind a damp swimsuit, and the Continue Reading →

The Haunted Garden – Versailles France

Le Hameau Versailles Paris

Let me say from the start, I do believe in Ghosts! Very often in the winter I go to Paris. Preferring her chilly, gray and quiet days to the more exuberant times of year. No sooner settled and I hop aboard the RER train that goes nonstop to Versailles. I have been on many tours and poked my head into palatial Continue Reading →