The Power of the Enfilade

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I am gliding softly through as the clock chimes the hour, each door gives way to a space more extravagant than the next, the gilt boiserie glittering in the firelight and the doors sequentially leading me on, in enticing succession, … Continue reading

Plus ça Change: Stripes


Just as each modern generation coming of age believes it has invented sex, hedonism and all nighters… whilst re-inventing fashion in its own image (obvs). So each era, spins the stripes round, thinking only they have re-calibrated the graphic line. … Continue reading

Summer Stripes

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So It all started again in Venice, with stripes, the obsession – that is.  I mean Biennale was fabulous, the Gritti perfection, the weather mixed (read: lashings of rain) … but hey, I put a good face on it, because … Continue reading

Collaboration Works

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Collaborations can take you on a journey past a point you could envisage on your own, they can  – through mutual endeavour and intellectual bounce – make sparks fly, mood boards fizz and the results magical.  Last Autumn I could … Continue reading

Sneak Peek


It’s been a bit quiet on line here at ADA, I have been absorbed in the REAL world, I know. Finally making decorative decisions. I know. And you know the way it is in the real world: rushed, complicated and … Continue reading

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


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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


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