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15 janvier 2022

How to Feel Good About Your Home This January

Hey Lovelies,

I found this great article on houzz - it's short, practical and with great photos!

And so, here's what I did so far:

1/ Buy fresh flowers

I bought some inexpensive daffodils, their dash of yellow now brightens my living room. A nice alternative is a big bowl of paperwhites, as shown above.

2/ Fill your rooms with scent

I just bought this morning a gingerbread-scented candle, and put it in my entryway, which is an other wise cold and bland room in my house. The spicy scent makes it so much more inviting, and so is the warmth of a candlelight.

3/ Tweak the lighting

Bought some fairy lights (20 globes by La case du cousin Paul, very affrodable) and hung it on my bookshelf, in the living-room. also bought a Krusning pendant lampshade from IKEA, now hanging high in my kitchen.

4/ Take your kitchen on a health kick

I'm tackling this particular room in order tocook more often (and better) at home. It's a big, ongoing project.

5/ Do a January cleanup

I've started right away and my bathroom is the first room I tackled. It looks nice and tidy. Plus the color code is white/taupe with turquoise accents, including a wooden handkerchief box I DIY on my own.

My entryway is also clean now, and pulled together with artwork on the walls, and a scented candle to welcome guests.

6/ Explore your collections

It's the fun part! ;-)


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30 septembre 2021

Things I Love Thursdays : The Protea Flower

Here's a new, exotic, sophisticated flower I'd love to have more often as a bouquet on my writing desk.

Below: The Protea is on Julie Dutton's dining table (of Studio Olivine fame). via

It's called a "Protea" and comes from South Africa. Here it appears in a decor designed by Nicole Franzen:


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25 septembre 2021

A Few Chosen Fall Décor Ideas

 Hello Beauties,

image source: my domaine co uk


I just found out a great article at "my domaine" website about fall décor ideas. There a re 49 of them, but my faves are: #1, #4, #20, #23, #25, #32 and #36.

Once a minimalist, always a minimalist. I like my décor, whatever the season, very much understated.





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23 septembre 2021

Again It Is September

 Hello Beautifuls,




Again it is September

Jessie Redmon Fauset

   Again it is September! 
It seems so strange that I who made no vows
Should sit here desolate this golden weather 
And wistfully remember—

    A sigh of deepest yearning, 
A glowing look and words that knew no bounds, 
A swift response, an instant glad surrender
To kisses wild and burning! 

   Ay me! 
   Again it is September! 
It seems so strange that I who kept those vows 
Should sit here lone, and spent, and mutely praying 
That I may not remember! 


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on September 5, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets.





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26 septembre 2020

Welcome Autumn

Hello Lovelies,



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Today has been the very first day of autumn, where I finally felt some chill in the air. This month of September has been considered one of the hottest ever registered. But it is Fall at last. If you can read French (don't have the time/energy to translate for you dears right now), you can find wonderful traditional chinese advice on how to better transition into the new season right here at this very useful Shiatsu website.

For more home decor inspiration, don't hesitate to hop on my Tumblr blog, right here:

And as always...



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01 avril 2019

Oh, Welcome April!


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03 décembre 2018

Thought of the Day: On Happiness

Hello Lovelies,




photo (c) Beautymist


Here's to wishing you all a happy weekend!

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne



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30 septembre 2018

A Highly Recommended Read

Hello Lovelies,


(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

This article published on the apartment therapy blog about "How to Fall in Love with the Home You Live In Right Now" has been my daily read for the last past months and it has been a life-saver. so full of helpful tips! Of course, these tips and piece of advice only work if you actually DO and act upon them. Taking baby steps, applying each tip one week at a time (or at your own pace) can do wonder for your daily life.


At least, it has worked for me, so I wanted to share.

The basic and simple (and effective!) idea here is that overwhelming states of clutter and chaos at home can be avoided by tidying/cleaning a little bit everyday, making this into a mindful habit. The power of small baby steps!


Other similar articles I found helpful when needing to declutter/organize a small space:

How To Make Your Home Look 10 Times Better in 10 Minutes Or Less (again, on the AT blog)

As well as as a bunch of great articles on this new (to me) website called "One Good Thing". This one article is a fave : "33 of Our Best Organizing Tips and FREE Printable Planners!"


Happy reading!



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19 février 2018

About Me: Read the Matchbook Questionnaire

Hey Lovelies,




I have decided to answer the questions Matchbook magazine is asking his fave designers! Here goes:


Tea or coffee? tea, of course!


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I collect: art, vintage perfme bottles, ceramics & teaware.



Photo, my own. Beautymist (c) 2011-2018. 

Favourite city: the one I haven't visited yet. Lisbon, anyone?


Spring or Fall: Fall of the Patriarchy.


Bloom of choice: I find Peonies timeless.


Photo, my own. Beautymist (c) 2005-2018.

Style Icon: Lee Miller.


solarized portrait of Lee Miller by Man Ray.


China Pattern: I prefer plain white, with abstract/geometric patterns on the napkins.


I'm lusting after: ...some quiet "me" time.


Don't forget to add your own answers in the comments section below! I would love to hear from you.



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09 janvier 2018

The Beauty of Winter

“ Winter is a time for comfort…for good food and warmth. For touch of a friendly hand and for talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
— Edith Sitwell


photo by otchipotchi


Winter to-do List (as inspired by fieldandsea)

Winter to-do list: staying close to home, bundling up in tights, eating warm and spicy pasta, collecting artwork, cuddling up on the couch.

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