London: and a tale of Bill's or a style of your own

I was thinking about how easy it is to lose ourselves and to look like others.  How immersed we can be in our tear sheets, Pinterest images, and Etsy surfing, copying "looks", recreating interiors, and remaking crafts.  How all this inspiration can provoke a dull sameness, and all this sharing lead to a sort of viral handmade factory production.  The truth is that a tweak here or there doesn't make it your (or my) own.

So today here's to calling forth our ideal selves.  To a you that is really you, and a me that is really me, if only a bit shinier, more creative and more generous.

                                                              Let's all dig deep.

PS On BlogTour with Modenus, Sponsor Mr. Steam took us to Bill's for breakfast.  Sort of like a styled stage set but somehow homey and original. I liked it.




13 Slingsby Place, St Martin's Courtyard WC2E 9AB

8am-11pm Mon-Fri; 9am-11pm Sat; 9am-10.30pm Sun


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The Modenus Blogtour London: and a tale of people and places

Oh, we were in London on BlogTour to look at design.  But it was so much more than that.  

Our fearless leader (and den mother extraordinaire) Veronika Miller of Modenus, soberly went over the ropes.

And then we put our papers away.  And it started.

There were amazing sights.


that brought pure pleasure.

Chatti Patti

And spots with funny names 


or funny messages....


that provoked bouts of laughter.

Materials girl blogger

There was fierce playing in the's true.

requiring a never ending stream of food and booze for replenishment....

And even special dinners....just for us...


presided over with gusto.


and met with appreciation.

Igor Happy Interiors Blog

There were new friendships made.

And old friendships rekindled.


And while the new world order might be the enemy of humanity.

This world order was as pretty....

                                                           as a picture.

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London: a tale of Modenus & generosity

Dear friends, 

I'm off to London Wednesday to attend Blogtour thanks to Modenus and the amazing Blogtour sponsors.  Anxious to get to know the generous people willing to pluck me out of my Moroccan olive grove and send me to London sight unseen, I took a peek into their portfolios and picked out some of my favorite goodies.  

Blanco America:   Blanco Culina Semi Professional.  Seriously, this would make washing dishes at Peacock Pavilions so much easier.

Victoria + Albert:  Barcelona bath.  Holy smokes, talk about a chic bath. 

SS5A2801 Silk Weave Swatch

Amtico International: Silk Weave. Flooring that looks like textured fabric?  Yes, please.


Samuel HeathXenon 3/4" thermostatic shower valve trim.  This would be perfect for showers at Peacock Pavilions, paired with brightly patterned Moroccan tile.

Lapicida: Rock crystal basin.  Oh.....Sublime.  

And So To Bed.  Claudette Chest of Drawers by Nina Campbell. Perfectly elegant (and yet glamorous). I would love this in my bedroom at Peacock Pavilions

Mr Steam
Steam Therapy:  Towel warmer.  I've always wanted to have this kind of indulgence in my bathroom. Heaven!.

KBDu Verre Hardware: Kuba:  Inspired by African Kuba cloth.....?  How could I possibly say no.

Many, many thanks to these generous sponsors of Blogtour London!  And, of course, a clapping of hands for Modenus.

See you next in London! I can't wait to share with you some special moments and lovely things.



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