The English Garden

Inspiration from Barnsley House, a luxury retreat hotel  in the Cotswold countryside.   “Above our garden door, you’ll find ‘1697’ and ‘BB’ carved into the Cotswold stone.  The carvings mark the date Brereton Bouchier, Barnsley Village’s squire, built the property…” -excerpt from Barnsley House HERITAGE “…Centuries later in 1952, architectural historian David Verey and his […]

Inspiration File ~ Monastic Simplicity

A room that asks nothing of you…the ultimate luxury. Wishing you a peace-filled day. xo~ image via Maisons Côté Sud Dec 05-Jan 06 linen & lavender visit our new site:

For the Love of Italy

.. FOR THE LOVE OF ITALY Rural Pleasures and Hotel Estates by Marella Caracciolo Photography:  Oberto Gili The pleasures of farm life, as most of the people featured in this book can tell you, are found in the details of everyday living:  the smells, the tastes, the long walks in the woods; picking berries in […]

Around the World with Arany Zoltán

“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson  World Music by Arany Zoltán An amazingly talented musician, Arany Zoltán was born in 1976 in Debrecen, Hungary.  He began to play music at the age of […]

Jardins du Botrain

The Soul of April: OVER the wintry threshold Who comes with joy to-day, So frail, yet so enduring, To triumph o’er dismay? Ah, quick her tears are springing, And quickly they are dried, For sorrow walks before her, But gladness walks beside. She comes with gusts of laughter,— The music as of rills; With tenderness […]


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 […]

Infinite possibilities…

November Topic Assignment: Name the thing/person/place you’ve always wanted to experience. Dream that money is no object. Tell the world what you’ve always wanted to do, but just haven’t done yet. Anyone who knows me, knows I dream of owning an estate in Italy.  The location I imagine is on a hillside with an expansive […]


These stunning images are a feast for the eyes, aren’t they?  I’ve had them in my travel file for awhile now and thought of them because for dinner this evening, Alex and I are making “Ravioli Caprese” by Giada de Laurentis.  I’ll report later how it turns out   Giada made it look very easy —we’ll […]

Design Daily – The Soul of a House

Côté Maison SUBSCRIPTIONS Côté Sud (fr) ~ (de) Côté Ouest (us) ~ (fr) ~ (de) Côté Est (us)  ~ (fr) ~ (de) You might also like: the emporium . . . . . see our new site:

Design Daily – detail

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