Elena Bowes

New York-London travel writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life

Stretch and I are renovating an apartment in Manhattan that began life as a squash court. If only we were squash players we could have just moved in with our racquets.  I am also redecorating a small flat in London, my home away from home. All this is to say that I have become a...

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1 day ago
A Woman Obsessed - Elena Bowes

Apartment renovation in Manhattan & London. Looking for Interiors Anonymous Group! Interior design new york #apartmentrenovation #newyork #london #interiordesign #decoration #design #style http://bit.ly/AWomanObsessed

Stretch and I are renovating an apartment in Manhattan that began life as a squash court. If only we were squash players we could have just moved in with our racquets. I am also redecorating a small flat in London, my home away from home. All this is to say that I have become a...

1 month ago
Perfection is so over-rated - Elena Bowes

Next Friday, about 146 hours and ten minutes, from now, – I will be giving a welcoming talk to hundreds of illustrious Columbia Journalism School alum at the afternoon tea. What do I say? http://bit.ly/2IB7rwc #writerlife #publicspeaker #alumni #journalists #journalism #talk

It’s a big year for me. Not only is it my 30th reunion of the Columbia Journalism School, but my daughter is getting married. At both events I will be required to speak in public in front of lots of people looking at me expecting me to say something interesting or witty or both. This is not...

1 month ago
These books spark joy: The bursting, beautiful shelves of famous bibliophiles

I love this article. While Marie Kondo is right that the power of de-cluttering one’s house, helps de-clutter one’s mind, I think people should be very careful about clearing out old books. My advice for what it's worth (not much, I know) is not to get rid of books that you loved, even if you’ve read them before because you might want to re-read them or just look at them, flip through them ... See more

Amid the decluttering craze, we asked people for the stories behind their collections.