Saturday, 7 January 2012

Lovely Rita

I remember being given a copy of Domestic Bliss: How to Live by Rita Konig one Christmas, almost 10 years ago now.

I had the book with me on the train, as I travelled back to Liverpool, and I ploughed through it in one very delayed journey. I loved this book from cover to cover, and read and re-read it time and time again. It was at the time when we were just renting our first flats, after leaving university, and so home-making was something very new and exciting - this book simply added flames to the fire. There is no aspect to your home that Rita hasn't considered, and this book will fuel you with ideas to change and re-arrange your home, often costing very little or no money.

Rita has moved house almost as often as I have, and is a dab hand when it comes to tackling the issues of trying to put your own stamp on rented accommodation.

I bought it as a wedding present for a few friends, in that first flurry of weddings that there is, just after leaving university, but I then lost track of it, remembering it only when I came across an article on Rita Konig in the Sunday Telegraph magazine recently.

I googled Rita, to find out what she had been up to recently, and found her old blog, from when she worked for New York Times' magazine - it's well worth a trawl through when you have a few minutes.

Here are some of the pictures and details I loved.

{mis-matched pictures above the fireplace}

{just a hint of pink}

{unframed photos stuck straight onto chimney breast}

{under table storage in wire and wicker baskets}

{botanical prints}

{even the tiny entrance hall packs a punch}

For me, Rita is the original Kirstie Allsop. I love Rita, and I also love Kirstie. But who is better? There's only one way to find out...

FIGHT! x

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