The Owl’s Tale

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They’re very beautiful aren’t they?  Their humanoid big-eyed wide faces have a direct appeal to us.  We see ourselves in them and throughout history have given them human characteristics that reflect our changing vision and understanding of them: wise, wicked, … Continue reading

cultural lens

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So Somerset House: cultural beacon, Courtauld institute and home to the the twinkliest Tiffany blue ice rink in town. My intention was ‘Guy Bourdin’ being a Francophile kind of girl, but I got sidetracked  by Blondie, those neon window strips … Continue reading

Civilisation

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We fought to protect civilisation in WWII, and during it we saw the ultimate extremes of which human beings are capable: monstrous in fact to profoundly generous,  brave and  determined in the most testing of circumstances.  It was the 70th … Continue reading

Into the Woods: memories and magic

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I have a thing for book sculptures.  I love the woods.  I bow down to the seasons. I watch in wonder as my children run arms outstretched towards their future, leaving images of their former selves distinct in my memory, … Continue reading

Stella and Issy’s Gilded Borders

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I understand when Stella Tennant says: I’ve been itching to return to making, and now I’m doing it. I’ve been working on projects, mainly renovating houses, and that’s been my outlet. It’s really exciting to focus on this now.  ‘This … Continue reading

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