Tricia Foley

open the windows

open the windows  • flip the mattress • air out the pillows • hang laundry outside on the line • stop for tea • breathe deeply • nap • go for a walk • take some clippings from the yard and make an arrangement • banish dust • fill a tote bag with some things to donate • plant something • kiss someone

Doesn't this photo make you want to do all these things? It is the wonderful work of Tricia Foley and photo by Jeff McNamara. And one more reason to love it: it's in Ireland. sigh. 


perfect winter party



Here are all the ingreds for a perfect midwinter gathering. 

1. white blooms -- paperwhites, amaryllis, tulips -- in vintage glass and black basalt.

2. plenty of prosecco on ice in giant silver chillers.

3. a fire and candlelight.

4. a table and chairs for playing a game -- cards, Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, dominoes (my fave)

5. a sofa to curl up on for gossiping, story-telling and remembering.

Just add friends.

This beautiful scene was created by Tricia Foley and shot by Jeff McNamara. Such talent.

at home with wedgwood

Today I am at home with Wedgwood. Well, at this home I have only a couple of pieces of Wedgwood but what I do have, finally, is my copy of the new book At Home with Wedgwood by Tricia Foley and signed by Lord Wedgwood himself. I had full colour proofs of the book months ago for a story I was doing, but there really is nothing like cracking the spine of a brand new book with gorgeous photos and such a rich story (take that Kindle and Sony Reader). I can't wait to devour it.

sources: random house, tricia foley

When Lord Wedgwood was in town for a luncheon to celebrate the book and the anniversary of Wedgwood I was captivated by his beautiful family signet ring and his cufflinks. I took a photo. I don't think it really turned out, but it does remind me of the importance of detail. Detail is so important in matters of style. Carefully considered details elevate the whole. I am so impressed by the talent of those who are masters of detail.

Below, Lord W, 2 fave pieces displayed at the luncheon, and the front door of the home of the British Consul General, where the luncheon was held. The Union Jack red paint colour is just perfection (and BTW, in case you were wondering, yes, that thing by the light is a security camera, natch)