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TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: faux real!

I have just returned from a week at market where each season I devote an entire day to weeding through rows and rows of artificial vegetation in search of flowers and foliage that would leave Mother Nature wondering if they are real….or faux. “Artificial flowers” (as they were called when I was a child) have come a long way in 60 years, and believe it or not, the plastic flower concept of...



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TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: English Weather

When someone mentions “English weather,” does the paintbrush of your imagination promptly reach for paint pots of gray?  On a day much akin to what we think of as typical English weather, I am sure you are wondering what’s to love about a cold, gray, rainy day. My post today just may change that! Gohar Goddard grew up as one of four daughters of Persian parents living in Lahore,...



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dusting windows overlooking a lake

TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: clean slate

There is nothing more invigorating, revitalizing and inspiring than the promise of a brand new year. While I am not one to make new year’s “resolutions” as such, I am all for mapping out new projects, getting (and staying) organized, adopting better/healthier habits and vowing to stop and smell more roses. We’ll see how the latter goes….but back to the clean slate!\ In the shops...



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clothes at Dovecote Style

TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: how to shop a sale

Today marks the start of our making-room-for-the-new sale – a biannual event at the end of our Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons when we clean house and begin making room for new arrivals. This was a great season for us in terms of fit and flattering style,  which means there are a lot of winners on these racks if you are lucky enough to find your size: the thrill of the hunt! While...



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TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: resort

  The best thing about the first day of winter is the arrival of our early resort deliveries - just in time for a holiday getaway or to fill someone’s Christmas box with the promise of spring! I adore these early collections when the sweater weight lightens up a bit and the colors are so delicious and flattering – irresistible, really. We have one ribbed sleeve cashmere coat...



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baby wearing beads and bracelets

TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: baubles, bangles, and beads

My sisters and I have loved accessories for as long as I can remember. Our creative mother was a master at the art of accessorizing. We each inherited her passion and found ourselves chuckling over the holiday weekend when my two year old great niece could not be separated from her ropes of pearls (from our  family costume jewelry stash) and two spiral elastic glow-in-the-dark bracelets (which...



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black winter coat with jeweled neckline

TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: sparkle

While this could be considered the sparkliest of all seasons, I must confess that my wardrobe and make-up bag are never without a sprinkling of glitter year-round. A little sparkle can brighten the dullest day, wake-up an ordinary outfit, and bring out the twinkle in your eyes – like magic! The shop is always full of shimmering options this time of year, but think out of the box and...



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Gracie Cat in a bike basket

TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: young at heart

There is nothing quite as magical as a children’s shop during the holidays, so I am especially excited to share Sprout’s first Christmas with all of you! We opened Sprout this past spring with our focus on wee ones from newborn to age three, but this time of year we are chock-full of fun for anyone young at heart! Our wall of animal friends from Hazel Village brings joy to everyone who...



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Gracious Hospitality nightcap

TRUST ME…..YOU’LL LOVE THIS: gracious hospitality

‘Tis the start of “guest season,” and those extra beds that lay unoccupied  much of the year will soon be filled with kids home from college, friends passing through or family settling in for the holidays. My husband and I especially enjoy making our houseguests feel welcome and pampered at WinsHill, and sometimes even the smallest gesture can turn a simple overnight into a lasting...



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framed wander quote

TRUST ME…..YOU’LL LOVE THIS: wandering

My studio could be described as “modern farmhouse meets lighthouse” – where white rough cedar planks and stacked rock marry into the most inspiring space. A large round window set high in the center of the soaring stone chimney not only channels sunlight (or moonlight) into the room, but it evokes the interior feel of a lighthouse which has always held a certain intrigue for me. While the...



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