I hope that each of you had a lovely holiday season and that you are anticipating a wonderful, blessed 2015. I loved every moment of the holidays and I am looking forward to a new year filled with unexpected delights! I ushered in 2015 with one of my favorite delights…
I am not one to make a long list of “New Year’s Resolutions”, so I don’t have that to share with you. However, I have decided that in 2015, I will do less and do what I choose to do much better. Perhaps that could be …Quality over Quantity! I have long used that as a guiding force in both my personal and professional life and in 2015, that shall be my primary focus. I believe that each of us can live a more luxurious life if we are indeed seeking quality rather than quantity. Second to this important aspect of my life is, creating your own personal style, rather than being enslaved to trends and mass market expectations. I think that each of us can create our own luxurious life by savoring simple pleasures and true quality.
I much prefer one item of quality, be it clothes, home furnishing, china, etc., etc. than numerous items that are of low quality and do not fit my own personal style. In my book, The Collected Tabletop, and in my book talks, I stress the importance of entertaining in your own personal style. I challenge each of you to approach 2015 in a manner where you can find simple pleasures and little luxuries that reflect your own personal style and your heart’s desires! Think in terms of quality over quantity in all that comes your way in 2015. Design your own life to align with your own passions and talents.
In 2015, I plan to share with you simple pleasures in design, entertaining, gardening, antiques, and many other things that I am passionate about. And I would like to know what simple pleasures and little luxuries you plan to make a part of your 2015!
I am already enjoying one of my favorite simple pleasures, which is reading. My staff gave me a new book on Winston Churchill, The Churchill Factor, by Boris Johnson, for Christmas and it is a most delightful book. I highly recommend it for your “collected library”.
I am also re-reading Beverley Nichols first gardening book, Down The Garden Path, which always delights me and gets me in a real winter mood for planning additions (and extractions!) in the Chestnut Cottage garden!
So I will leave you with these ideas to “ponder” and in 2015, will endeavor to share with you inspiration on simple pleasures, little luxuries, and things of lasting quality!