Cairo-Illinois_450 © 2014 . All rights reserved.

A short drive from Paducah, Kentucky, where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers meet sits Cairo, Illinois. Once a bustling boom town, Cairo (pronounced KAY-ro) is mostly abandoned.  I only visited once, though I meant to go back and take photographs … Continue reading

Greek Revival

533 Madison Front Door 1971 © 2011 . All rights reserved.

Greek Revival homes reflect a passion for antiquity.   In the mid-19th century, many prosperous Americans believed that ancient Greece represented the spirit of democracy.  Interest in British styles had waned during the bitter War of 1812.  Also, many Americans sympathized … Continue reading

White Oak Pastures

Black Cow in the Light © 2011 . All rights reserved.

Yesterday, while shopping at the new Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom, I met Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures. The Harris family has raised cattle on the same Early County, Georgia farm for five generations.  The 1000-acre farm in … Continue reading


Max Mara camel coat © 2011 . All rights reserved.

What the trench is to Burberry, the classic camel coat is to Max Mara–specifically the “101801″ coat, which has been a symbol for the Italian brand since 1981. This double-breasted wool and cashmere coat is modern yet classic. Its 42 … Continue reading

Under the Stairs

Servants Stairs Downton Abbey © 2011 . All rights reserved.

I’m obsessing over a neighbors house that is for sale in the village.  It’s a small but gracious one bedroom house on three floors.  The kitchen and dining room are on the garden level, below the stairs. Last year I … Continue reading