Making Christmas

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This is the time of year when I want to do a ‘wreath making’ course, deck the halls and simmer mulled wine. Hhhm, looking at the assorted wreath-chic… maybe just order one from Athropologie? or Twig? I certainly want to … Continue reading

A, B, C Books

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A well-chosen book succinctly inscribed to the recipient  is a seasonal winner.  The books listed below are vicariously grouped and defined by me, from hard back glories to paper back page-turners. Lady in the House: Mother-in-Law to Stylish 20 something. … Continue reading

Christmas List 2014

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It’s Coming…Are you ready? Tick Tock… one never is right, even us Virgos struggle at Christmas.  Once again the lists are everywhere and I contemplating house décor in a limited time-poor, slightly frazzled way.  After Conran at Christmas, why bother? … Continue reading

Yup, Haslam Has It …

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It seems fitting that the grand dame of House and Garden, Sue Crewe, should bow out in her final issue, after 20 years at the helm, with an interview of the reigning master of hi-society décor Nicholas Haslam.  I reckon … Continue reading

9, Duchess of Devonshire

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There has been so much written about the Mitfords, and by the Mitfords, both during their lives and after , that now as the final obituaries roll off the press for the last sister,  ‘wait for me‘ Debo, it is truly … Continue reading

Celebrating Cecil

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There’s an immediate ‘click’ when you share a passion, in this instance Cecil Beaton. Talking to Andrew Ginger who conceived and put together the exhibition Beaton at Home was fascinating, 10 minutes swiftly became an hour…because there’s so much to … Continue reading

Can we go again? Ballyvolane

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Ireland’s country houses are the stuff of interior dreams and good life fantasies, whilst the Irish ‘themselves’ are famed for their céad míle fáilte hospitality, That’s ‘guaranteed a grand time’ to you and me, put it together and you have … Continue reading

Decorex Sketch

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September is a storming calvacade after the languor of Summer months, there’s endless shows, events and a constant instagram fizz of fabulous shots: are you Fashion Week frenzied? LDF? Focus-ed? 100% design? Top Drawer? A Decorative Fair? LAPADA’d? V and … Continue reading

woof!

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As man’s (and gal’s) loyal best friend dogs have a special place in our hearts and homes.  I spotted this interior the other day and the dog leapt off the page, for he is an heirloom dog whose presence in … Continue reading