Being bad and happy!

I like wood as much as anyone else and I have spent many hours of my life stripping paint from wooden door frames, dado rails and skirting boards. I really love beautiful wooden furniture and I look a...

Trash to treasure

The wonderful thing about getting something for free or for very little is that it gives great freedom to experiment. My neighbour threw out a very ugly couch. I rescued it, figuring that it wouldn...

Inspiration

The wonderful thing is that just about anything can be an inspiration. Of course some things will inspire greater and more beautiful ideas and actions than others, but different strokes for different ...

I’m feeling good

Apr 10, 2011
It’s a still Sunday morning. All the doors and windows are open. Music is playing. I’ve just had a croissant and a mug of good percolated coffee. Michael is reading the Sunday Times. I cre...

My Chandelier

Mar 29, 2011
I am a material girl. I have just spent a lot of money on a new chandelier and I am very happy. Who says that money can’t buy you happiness? Maybe they’re right that money itself does noth...

Holding on to the beautiful

Jan 19, 2011
“In difficult times you should always keep something beautiful in your heart.” John Donohue Trauma can often obliterate the beautiful and it is very difficult in difficult times to hold on...

Beauty and Truth

Oct 29, 2010
Last night I went to a talk about insight. One of the things that jumped out at me was the notion that a beautiful idea is more likely to be a good and correct idea than an ugly idea. What a pleasing ...

Scary, scary

I’ve just read Duet by Carol Shields and she writes of the mother’s ‘eccentric passion for home decoration’. The writing is very funny, but it was a bit uncomfortably close to ...

Impulse buying

This is a picture of a chair that I bought this morning. I didn’t need a chair. I haven’t been planning to get a chair. I just saw it, liked it and got it. An impulse buy. I can’t fo...