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The Magic Of An Aga (and how to keep it running smoothly)

Being back home over Christmas and the new year reminded me of the magic of having a range in the kitchen. I grew up in a home with an oil-fired range and the hum of it, the heat of it and its big, solid presence make me long that for our home too. Back before we… Continue reading The Magic Of An Aga (and how to keep it running smoothly)

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Pretty & Practical Home Decor For Families

Points of view on home decor when you have a young family differ greatly. There’s the “why bother” camp, firmly rooted in reality, assuming that vases will get smashed, sofas soiled and walls vandalied by the little ones. And there are the parents who lay down rules, are strict about shoes in the house and… Continue reading Pretty & Practical Home Decor For Families

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Adding A Little Je Ne Sais Quoi To Your Home

Languages play a big role in our family life. It is largely due to circumstance – we’re an Irish-German marriage – but partly due to interest. I was brought up by parents who adore France and all things French. When I was small my mother would often say “Oui mon ange” instead of a plain… Continue reading Adding A Little Je Ne Sais Quoi To Your Home