inspiration abounds – l&l collection no. 11

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“Live the full life…”

Live the full life of the mind,      exhilarated by new ideas,  intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.   -Ernest Hemingway for photo credits, see our pinterest board: { l&l collection no. 10 } You might also like:  { Appennino by Giambologna } { Ancient Symbols } { For whatever reason… } { Infinite Possibilities […]

l&l collection no. 09

“ within.” “Let your beauty manifest itself without talking and calculation.​ You are silent. It says for you:  I am. And comes in meaning thousandfold​, comes at long last over everyone.”  ―Rainer Maria Rilke Currently reading: .. Niels Lyhne is an aspiring poet, torn between romanticism and realism, faith and reason. Through his relationships with six […]

The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty

.. .. by Karen Lehrman Bloch foreward by Donna Karan order by country: (us) ~ (fr) ~(uk) ~ (de) ~ (ca) ~ (it) ~ (es)  You might also like:  .. by Karen Lehrman Bloch I felt safe, far more at peace than I had in months.   As I stood on the wooden deck of the […]

In the new year and always ~

wishing you peace and love.  you might also like: Auld Lang Syne  we’re now at:

Courage and Fear

“Il coraggio è fatto di paura” (Courage is made of fear.)  As somebody who interviewed top world leaders during the 60‘s, 70‘s and 80‘s, including Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 & North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap during the Vietnam War, Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, might know a thing or two about courage and fear. The idea […]

Before and After – The 1927 Cottage We Call Home

A peek into our renovated kitchen.  This is our stone concrete prep sink area with chalkboard and open shelving above. The door with a cast iron door knocker at center opens to our mini walk-in pantry.   For the full tour including before and after pics,  see our latest magazine issue: .. {Volume No. 01 […]

Check Your Inbox

Are you one of our email subscribers?  If so, be sure to check your mail for the latest edition of our digital magazine delivered to your inbox early this morning.*   IN THIS ISSUE –  l&l travels to the ancient city of Matera, Italy – tour Sextantio’s cave hotel: Le Grotte della Civita ~ See Before […]

Seek and you shall find.

Did you ever notice that every answer to your life can be found by asking and then observing what signs appear?  Don’t take my word for it. Test this out for yourself.  The next time you need an answer to a question such as, “Why is this not working out for me?” Sit and be […]

Life. Is Beautiful.

Today, I looked around at the aftermath of the week’s activities and sighed at the mountain of housework at hand. Then, for whatever reason (Divine Intervention?), my perspective shifted and I was inspired to snap some shots of the everyday vignettes you see here.  Flowers past their prime…  …dirty dishcloths hung out to dry …and cobwebs […]

Window of Opportunity

As I came into the house after a frustrating day, I found a fly persistently trying to get out through a fixed window in our dining room. As usual (that is to say, as I have seen many a fly do), he was repeatedly bumping in to the glass, emitting a litany of frustrated curses […]

Dream Day

My dream day?  Well, it comes in many forms but what immediately comes to mind is travel.  I love to travel and see the world  – to explore another place, another culture, another way of doing things.   I always return with a fresh perspective and charged with creativity energy. Today, the time I spent capturing […]


Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath Temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   The program catalogues, names and conserves sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity.   Have you  been keeping up with Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday? If not, I highly recommend that you do. Featured in Maui Hawaii […]

everything’s coming up roses. . .

Do you see what I see?… Wishing you a beautiful day!                                     xo~ photographs by lb   .. .. visit our new site:

For whatever reason…

…this photograph really speaks to me.  As it came up in a slideshow I stumbled across, I had a strong emotional response to it and I’m not sure why. I love these timeworn finishes -the variations of earthy gray browns and slates against the light trim and stone facade in the background- so that explains […]

about a chair

Have you ever noticed that a solitary chair seems to have a personality all its own? This one is regally posing for his portrait.  He doesn’t need props to feel comfortable.  No side table with flowers to feel complete,  not a single pillow.    He is stoic and confident all by himself.   It doesn’t […]

The Heart Expansion Experiment

“The Heart Expansion Experiment” Act I: A heart warming exercise. Try this today:  Send loving thoughts to as many random people as possible. Take a few seconds throughout your day, –wherever you happen to go– and imagine yourself sending love and warm wishes to each person you come across.  Do this whether you actually interact with […]

Be happy for this moment…

                     …This moment is your life.   ~Omar Khayyam Happy New Year!  photograph by LeAnn, Venice Beach, California You might also like: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam see our new site:

art in the everyday

The truly fortunate…see everyday objects as marvelous works of art. linen & lavender see our new site:

dinner for two

Though we don’t get to spend Thanksgiving with our family this year, I want them to know they are in our hearts with us today and always.  We feel blessed and grateful and send a big hug to each and every one of you! So here’s a toast to my family and to all my readers out there:      Wishing you peace […]