Category Archives: interior design

My childhood bedroom

My parents decided not to replace our bedroom carpet until my sister and I had stopped spitting up and pissing in corners. The carpet was an ugly grey and black, not the kind of thing you usually see in a … Continue reading

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Lick me all over

The late Sir David Frost chaired a television panel game called “Through the Keyhole”. The format still airs on TV in the UK. The show involved cameras cruising a celeb’s house, much as on MTV’s Cribs, and other celebs then … Continue reading

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Chateau Living

Having our own chateau rather spoiled us for anyone else’s. We rarely ventured from the ramshackle kitchen, the parlor fire, or  the jigsaw table in the banqueting hall where one of a variety of stuffed stags and wild boar kept … Continue reading

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A moment of intimacy in the elevator

In common with most of the global female population, I have shunned intimate contact with Milhous Vile. That situation has dramatically shifted this weekend. We are in Paris, but the change of my status from untouched to despoiled is nothing … Continue reading

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A near brush with disaster

“Where are you?” asked Gretel, sounding worried “I am only a few minutes away. I’ll be home soon” I said “Good” she said, “I thought you were dead”. I couldn’t see any reason for the alarm. Granted, it had been … Continue reading

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Peggotty’s found Jesus!

I ate my toast this morning from a hand-painted Blue Ridge poinsettia plate and was glad  for Christmas. My nails are painted a rather festive forest green but, on the warm-blooded, the polish turns turquoise blue indoors. Thank goodness I … Continue reading

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Other People’s Houses

The one careful owner of Kate and John’s weekend apartment in New Orleans may be a great shopper at swap meets, flea markets and yard sales. Or perhaps she has way more than the average number of nutty relatives who … Continue reading

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I smell trouble.

“It isn’t right that I have to drive 25 miles to get hold of a Yankee candle” complained Peggoty the other day. We agree on most things, but here I beg to differ. One of the reasons I love Itchy Ankle … Continue reading

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Dumpster Diving–nature or nurture?

Really, were it not for a slight difference in pigmentation, you would swear Hansel was my natural born son. Yesterday we drove to the dump to get rid of two chairs I had been forced to admit I would never … Continue reading

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Troubled Heart? God is here…

Lancaster County may be the right place to be should the world end tonight. First of all, there is a chance that I may get swept up in a rising of the faithful, mixed in with Mennonites, Lutherans and others … Continue reading

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