Ralph Lauren and the Power of Plaid

No news that Ralph Lauren is Classic ... but just take a refresher course here with me.  The four-poster bed, with Nailheads and Leather on the Headboard.  The walls are covered in plaid flannel fabric ... the chair matches.  The linens and pillows are simple, but the fabric is exquisite.  You can just look at the photo and feel how warm the bed linens are!

The sitting area at the end of the bed ...

Simple really ... not over thought.  Beautiful Chairs, table, lamps, High-boy, and some art and rugs.  Simple, but the best.  And timeless.  Sometimes I ... and I bet alot of you too, want to hurry up and fill the space.  Take your time ... keep it simple ... and buy the best you can.  Then you can move on and live!

Don and I were in London in 2008 and I took these photos at the Ralph Lauren Home store.  I love it as much today as I did then ... and probably will in twenty years.

I'd love to cocoon right here for the winter ... although it is still quite warm here in New England ... making me a little nervous!!



Portabello Road, London

Don and I have had such fun being able to travel together ... fortunately for me, he gets to go to some really fabulous places and sometimes, if I can put all the kid and dog puzzle pieces together ... I get to tag along!  We had the opportunity to visit London not to long ago and I am totally blessed to have a husband that will tag along with me on my flea market, antique market escapades!  We LOVE France and I wasn't certain I would even like London ... but then I found Portabello Road ... it ranks right up there!  We spent the day wandering this street ... and oh, the inspirations!!

This is Don trying to convince himself that this is fun!!

You know when you are somewhere special and the sites and sounds are so much more intense than when you are doing your daily thing?  Well, this tomato-basil-mozzerella crepe was THE best thing I have ever had!!  Made for me personally on Portabello Road!  Notice the Nutella along the side ... my kids have been eating Nutella since they were itty bitty ... we call it chocolate peanut butter in our house!

At then end of Portabello Road you turn a corner and find yourself in the most beautiful section of in Notting Hill ... these doors have me soooo wishing I could peek inside!

But no, we must head back to our hotel .... not too bad of a taxi ride!

One of our most favorite places to stay in London is the Lanesborough Hotel located right at Hyde Park.

Here is a photo of the room we stayed in ... fabulously English ... warm and lovely ... Don surprised me with a bottle of champagne ... now I am spoiled and want to go back!

No matter where we travel, the sites we see and the time we have together ... we are always ready to be home ... Have a wonderful weekend!  Happy Travels!