2016: Reflections

At the end of each year since 2011, I’ve written a reflective essay looking back at the previous 12 months and ahead to the coming year. Read notes from 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015. Whoa, boy. Where to begin with you, 2016? Well, let’s start at the beginning – one year ago, when I was … More 2016: Reflections

The real reason you still shop at Ikea – and probably always will

Title: The real reason you still shop at Ikea – and probably always will Author: Sarah Amandolare Published in the Guardian on June 26 2016 ‘Home’ feels too uncertain a notion to invest in these days – decoratively and emotionally – and sometimes decor becomes an afterthought I’ve spent much of my adult life amid other people’s decor, … More The real reason you still shop at Ikea – and probably always will

White Doors

“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore.” – Robin Hobb When Mummy and Daddy got divorced, Mummy asked the Council for a house, and was given a choice: we could either move into a house that … More White Doors

2014: Reflections

At the end of each year since 2011, I’ve written a reflective essay looking back at the previous 12 months and ahead to the coming year. Read notes from 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016. This has been a year of great love and great loss. Looking back, the year divides neatly into three chapters, each … More 2014: Reflections

2013: Reflections

At the end of each year since 2011, I’ve written a reflective essay looking back at the previous 12 months and ahead to the coming year. Read notes from 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016. What a year. My mind struggles to grasp the year in its entirety: there has been so much change and growth … More 2013: Reflections