British Hills

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A friend of mine tipped me off to this gem. I really wanted to share it with you because A. it is amazing, and B. it is in Fukushima. I know the aftermath of the earthquake is what everyone thinks of but honestly, Japan has moved on. This place is a testament to life after the Great East Japan Earthquake, as it is called here. Things are returning to normal. Well, normal medieval England...

British Hills was crated by the Kanda University of International Studies and the Kanda Institue of Foreign Languages in 1994. Originally intended as a place of immersion in English language and culture - it has grown! Plus, I hear the scones are fabulous.

This is the refectory, but Harry Potter may have been filmed here - just kidding. It is perfection!

The tea house, the Ascot

And what would a British-themed resort be without a pub? Welcome to the Falstaff.

Oh and there are barracks

There are no words because this doesn't even look like we're still in Japan. It is better than a theme park nicely nestled in the Hatoriko Highlands! And it is only two hours via Shinkansen (bullet train) form Tokyo. Thanks so much to Keiko for telling me about this gem!

Photos all via British Hills, if you're interested in the current status of radiation, click here.

unpainted inspiration - mimi williams in atlanta

Friday, October 24, 2014

Do you follow Veranda on Facebook? I have been following them for a couple months now and it has lead to at least 100 pins. Today I saw this feature of Mimi Williams' Atlanta high-rise apartment. I absolutely love how she completely embraced the white and light. So peaceful.

sourced from the article at Veranda

high - low english roll arm collections

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I've been browsing for a new sofa lately. I still absolutely love our chesterfield from Chesterfields of England. We've had it for several years and it gets better and softer every day. But I would like to move this into a study in the next house. Who knows where that will be but certainly bigger than our house here in Japan - most are! So we'll need something else for a family space.

Today I noticed that Ikea is debuting an English Roll Arm collection called Stocksund

It can certainly give the look for less compared to the Pottery Barn Carlisle collection.

Love these rooms with Roll Arm sofas.

sourced from Pinterest

sourced from Houzz 

sourced from Phoebe Howard's portfolio

And even in color, so fabulous.

sourced from Lauren Leiss's portfolio, her first house

sourced from Sophia Coppola's apartment
Here's the Ikea one in action

sourced from Ikea

food for thought

Friday, September 12, 2014

Really there's truth to this. I've seen it with bloggers and designers alike, unfortunately.

image and article here

fruits of the season

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The other day we went pear picking in a nearby farming community here in Japan. Looking through the photos I took, they just feel like a perfect end to summer to me.

Photos by me, please credit if you share, thanks!

bunny williams at ballard designs

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Just browsing online and I noticed that Bunny Williams has a collection debuting for Ballard Designs. Really, some sweet and affordable pieces.

obon in aomori

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mid-August is the celebration of Obon or Bon. Lanterns and lights are lit everywhere to commemorate ancestors and those who have passed. It is one of my favorite holidays here in Japan because the lanterns are so magical in the hot summer night.

Seiruji is not a historic site, surprisingly it dates to only 1982. But it received a lot of support and has very diligent care. The bronze Showa Big Buddha is certainly the centerpiece, especially with these beautiful lanterns.

The five story pagoda was modeled after Toji Temple in Kyoto and dates to only 1996. But as a testament to modern building techniques it has withstood even the major Tohoku Earthquake of 2011 in spite of being only miles from the epicenter while most five story pagodas throughout Japan's history have not weathered winds and quakes well. source

Our daughter loved the lanterns!

Photos by me, please credit if you share. Still working on that night photography ;) 
If you would like to visit the Showa Buddha yourself, you can find information here.