When I was younger I pledged to surround myself with beauty and let it inspire more beauty. Home is my sanctuary, and entering it is like entering a different realm. The wood-carved furniture, velvet curtains, and candles that cast...
You might be forgiven if, at first glance, you think the images contained in the Instagram account @blackbirdandgoose are part of an advertorial campaign. They seem too perfect to reflect reality, offering a dreamy, pastoral look at a lovely...

My Joy Forever

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The word beauty, rather like the word romantic, has faded over the past century or so, growing less complex and more one-dimensional. When we hear the word romantic, our instant association is a relationship between lovers, despite it once...
Photography by Kristin Reimer Insect hotels are a creative and easy way to add a functional feature to your garden or landscape. Their purpose is to attract beneficial insects to your property. Although creepy-crawlies may not be your idea of...
There is no better way to bring the enchantment of the natural world into your home environment than with a revolving motif of magical beasts: unicorn cushions and carvings, winged lynx cushions, serpent- and dragon-festooned wallpaper, and more. These...
Photography by Craig Crist and the Wondersmith When I think of a “call to adventure,” I picture a mysterious invitation hidden in the woods inviting a lucky hiker to a whimsical dinner party, or perhaps a note tucked lovingly into...
“With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and...
Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” —William Morris In the second half of the 19th century, the group of British artists known as the Pre-Raphaelites...

Hygge at Home

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Photo by Stella Rose on Unsplash In his tiny tome The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, offers guidance on everything that is needed to achieve a happy state of hygge at home. “Hygge is about...
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A Writer’s Cozy Lair

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When I set up my very first office, I bought a modern glass-and-steel desk. It seemed clean and orderly. The problem was that I’m not clean and orderly; the desk quickly became heaped with papers, pads, pens, books I...