Two women—one living and one dead—share a mysterious connection across time.
After witnessing beautiful Selma’s fatal accident on a Manhattan street in 1970, Catherine senses Selma’s presence later that evening. When Catherine moves to Paris with her new husband, another vision of Selma precedes a miscarriage. During her recovery, she paints Selma’s portrait and realises the scene is a memory—from another life.
In Montmartre, Catherine discovers a house that is uncannily familiar and an old oil painting. Concealed behind its frame is a letter dated 1908 that reveals a connection between Selma and Catherine that defies time. Whenever Catherine visits the house on rue des Saules, she hears Selma’s voice telling her of a love affair between two women during the Belle Époque. It inspires Catherine to paint a series of sensuous oils on canvas but, when she tries to move on from her fixation with Selma, an encounter by the Seine ends badly. Diagnosed with a mental health condition and advised to stop painting, it will be years before Catherine finds Selma again.
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THE ROOM PLANNER
100 practical plans for your home
The Room Planner is packed with creative ideas and practical information to help you reimagine and transform your home. Whether you happen to live in a studio or a five-bedroom house, the 250 clear, colour-coded plans and graphics make it easy and fun to pick and choose layouts and designs appropriate to your property.
To reflect our changing lifestyles, the book’s emphasis is on versatility and flexibility. It includes chapters on: increasing property value; creating moveable partitions; making use of available space; solutions for individual rooms.
“Anyone thinking of extending or improving their home, or updating their interiors should read this book first – they will see their home in a completely new light and be left bursting with ideas and enthused at the newly discovered potential.”
— Michael Holmes TV Presenter & Editor-in-Chief of Homebuilding & Renovating; Real Homes; Period Living
“Plans, sections, elevations and other drawings are the principle means of communicating design, yet to so many they remain impenetrable. With The Room Planner, Paula Robinson has not only exploded the mystery around architect's drawings in an inclusive and helpful way that people can easily understand, but has also woven into the fabric of the book a myriad of tips, tricks and techniques that will inspire her readers to create beautiful and functional homes for years to come."
— Hugo Tugman Architect. Chairman of Architect Your Home. Columnist for The Independent & The Guardian
“Paula Robinson and Phil Robinson have given us a book that will be a valuable aid to anyone planning to make changes to their living conditions and style. The book will also be a terrific tool for interior designers to give to their clients for clarification on design concepts. Few clients have any knowledge about the design and decorating process. This book is an excellent teaching device. Being an interior decorator I am grateful to the Robinsons for their fine book.”
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