A Taste for Tea

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I am always interested in the story behind customs and tastes, how styles emerge and evolve, the history behind enduring motifs: from pineapple to swan, rococo to chinoiserie. Why?  because it gives depth and resonance to your experience of daily … Continue reading

Clouded Over

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A hundred years ago Europe walked over a precipice: the ensuing slaughter spiralled us into a 20th Century in which each strata of society was left gasping with gaping, bleeding wounds: from Royalty  and Aristocratic officers to the  poignantly named Pals Battalions, … Continue reading

Happy Home

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Our home was recently profiled in Image magazine and it was interesting to see it through ‘a lens’.  It really looked like somewhere I would like to hang out! which made me happy.  They asked a few questions, starting with: … Continue reading

Just Deneuve

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The wattage of Catherine Deneuve’s fame,  her trajectory through film history and modern culture as Belle du Jour and France’s Marianne to Grand Dame and Auteur creates dazzling refractions it’s difficult to see past to the woman within. Deveuve has … Continue reading

Playing Hooky

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There’s nothing quite like playing hooky? right, especially when it’s with your business partner in the name of ‘Research’, actually maybe we should call ours ‘R and R’ days (Retail gets a look in).  Just a little excited. So we … Continue reading

Heirloom Thoughts

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What makes an heirloom ? provenance? price? quality? or family line,  love and memories?  Prior to this post ‘heirloom’ echoed with Mitford meeds Devonshire associations of inherited privilege.  But then I saw a article which caught my imagination, made me … Continue reading

ABC: Assouline’s Bibliophile Chic

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Do you covet books? Do ‘slip covers’ emit a siren’s call? Do lavish titles lure you in? Does a row of book spines induce mental Chinese whispers, always culminating in ‘take me home’?  Bals and Swans:  in their slip covers … Continue reading

Somewhere over the Rainbow: New York

New York is such a feast of excess : the heady heights that arch you back, the blistering array of architectural styles from luscious ornamentation to streamlined slick, those film-set streets that seem to disappear over the horizon, the shops … Continue reading

Les Trois Garçons: 1,2,3.

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Les Trois Garçons of lavish restaurant and decorating fame are having a sale, a very large sale, as they release the contents of their French chateau (featured Dec 2011 WOI) and some of their London establishments’ interiors. Les Trois Garçons … Continue reading

Beatonesque

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I saw this title on Pinterest and it piqued my interest, Cecil Beaton defined his era in many ways, but what is the definition of Beatonesque?  Mario Testino says he marked his period as if he were the only photographer around, … Continue reading