“Yevgeniy and Lyubov Kissin. Married on June 29, 1941. Yevgeniy: We met at a dancing party. It was in January 1938. My friend invited me to the party. He said there would be a lot of beautiful young girls. Another cadet with high boots had approached her, but she didn’t like high boots and so she said no to him. I was the second one to approach her. I had a different uniform, but I’m still not sure if it was my uniform or my face that attracted her to me.”

Let’s start the year with something positive and inspiring. Love is great and it’s best when it lasts.

I’m such a sucker for little designer thingies, for the home, like plates, bowls and all sorts of vases… The desire to own such an object usually grows with the fact that I don’t need it. The less I need it the more I want it. Of course.

I found Elephant Ceramics, quite some time ago and I fell in love with its shapes and colours. The person behind the brand is Michele Michael, a table top prop stylist, who started creating ceramics when she couldn’t find the pieces she needed. The textured organic shapes, artistically painted and glazed are just the thing I don’t need, but would be so happy if I had some of them. And it’s kind of a good thing that everything in her shop is sold out. For now…

I know, I know, most of you’ve probably been good and already have your Christmas trees up and decorated. You probably spend your evenings sitting round it, contently admiring it, sipping warm tee with the smell of fresh baked cookies coming out of the kitchen.

Well my home doesn’t look like Christmas is around the corner at all. But today I suddenly had the feeling that a quick decorating intervention is in order, to get me into the feeling if for no other reason…