Violet edition: White January

Clew’s recent colour musings have been leading up to this magnificent colour: Violet. Violet as in creativity, poetry, flowers, mystery, expectation…and Clew. Violet is Clew’s colour, and it is often regarded as the colour of wisdom and creativity. So our 3rd anniversary edition (already!) will revive some of our old words of wisdom and creativity. This is […]

Home in an unexpected place

If you had asked me 18 months ago where I would like to live, Berlin would not have been on my list. We knew it was long overdue to leave Luxembourg, and different possible destinations kept coming up. Berlin was one of them and to be honest I said no to this. I am open to […]

My Sicily. The alchemy of a journey

A journey – head in the clouds and heart lost between the skyline and the rising sun. A journey, a rendez-vous, a place of expectations and future memories. Travelling has a scent of magic, disclosing the world to your eyes, but not the alchemy you create with that place, the legacy you create despite time, distances and […]

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

The Desperate Expat Wife is quite an experienced Luxy expat by now, but she still asks herself –frequently – the question that is almost as famous as «to be or not to be»: Should I stay or should I go? Now, The Clash, who brought this question much fame,  partly explains why it is valid […]

Expats or lonepats?

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-Nigerian author There are people “naturally born” to live abroad, and then there are some who cannot even begin to imagine a life somewhere other than in their home country. Of course, a simplistic categorisation such as this one […]

Bring me outside!

When cleaning up my (husband’s) wardrobe, I found an old belt that is no longer in use. Instead of throwing it away I said to myself: «What can I do with this belt?». I always have a project going, and right now it’s renovating a small cabin in Norway that sleeps 8 and has limited space, so […]

Getting home in time

Most topics can be seen from an expat angle. Using the geometrical angle, one side will be the sheer physical distance and the other socio-cultural changes. The endpoint is personal change and a new take on things ranging from small to big and from fun to serious. Even death is within this angle. It was […]

A simpler life: The basic kitchen

The kitchen is one area where many seem to go over the top when buying stuff. Even people who hardly cook still have a full set of pans and pots, oven forms and cake forms in every shape and size. We complain about our kitchens being too small, and there just isn’t enough cupboard space. We […]

Expat issues: Aging parents

Ana McGinley with advice on how to deal with your aging parents when you live abroad: Every year the number of people embarking on exciting expat assignments increases. For many expats this excitement is dampened by the loss of family we leave behind. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it is […]

Creating still lifes

With a background in decorating and interior design, I love bringing different objects to life. Home styling is both a passion and work for me. I’ll let you in on a few tricks for your own home styling. One of the first things you learn as a decorator is how to group objects. A group should consist of odd numbers; 3, […]