Give me the Luxuries

I enjoy displaying my cherished items fondly and lovingly. Any surface can be suitable for a collection of Transfer ware… in a cupboard, on a wall, in a tray, on a widow sill… the possibilities are endless. Professional decorators require that the connection of one item in a collection to another is clear. But I believe that collecting the things that appeal to me increases their appeal to others who see them. At least in my home, this has been my experience — that others notice and become more fond of the items on display. … Read More Give me the Luxuries

The Children’s Hour

The “Children’s Hour” was a time in Victorian history when the parents of affluent families devoted an hour to visiting with their children. You may have observed this practice in viewing TV programs like Downton Abbey. I found it difficult to believe that mothers would only see their children for a few hours a day, but I understand that there were other important tasks for parents to tend to in those times. I have made it a practice to spend at least an hour of my day devoted solely to the children… reading to them, playing, talking, and relaxing with them, putting all other tasks aside for this special, intimate time with them.… Read More The Children’s Hour