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The incredibly picturesque Cornwall, England. (Image via Lorraine Kelly on Pinterest)

I loved visiting Portmeirion in Wales because it's made from a collection of odd bits and architectural fragments, rescued from places all over Europe. It was the brainchild of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who built it during the period from 1925 to 1975. His daughter Susan is the designer of Portmeirion china.

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Christmas living rooms

Love the use of an oak beam for the lintel/mantle If it were me I would have put in a matching oak coffee table as well...

Avril Paton, "Windows in the West," 1993. Seen at the lovely Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, in June 2012. The tenement building is very typical of Glasgow and Edinburgh -- there's an interesting history if you do a web search.

Like a colourful puzzle, that's how Bergen rooftops appear in front of us. A city known for a explosion of colours that breaks out of the cold image we may have of Norway. Do you still think it is not an lively trip for spring or summer?

Sunpark, Brixham, Devon . . . built when the sun motif burst out over front gates and stained-glass windows in the suburbs and geometry in architecture and Cubism in art played well together. The discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhmen added the occasional sphinx or obelisk to the mix.

How to choose the perfect shed or summerhouse | Buyer's guide

Cow Parsley is in season in #April and is great to gather from hedgerows and place next to your fireplace to give it a summery feel

Springtime. Claude Monet. It takes place at his garden at Giverny in 1886.The tonality perfectly examplifies the ‘violettomania’ or ‘seeing blue’ for which the Impressionists were repeatedly criticized.