Make mine a Pavilion

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The Chinese Pavilion at Drottingholm the ultimate birthday present and example of Chinoiserie Continue reading

The Queen’s Taste: Trianon

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I finally went to Versailles, it was Monday the palace was closed to the public and we echoed through the vast space of the state apartments, I could have cart wheeled through the Hall of Mirrors…WHY didn’t I? I suppose … Continue reading

At Home

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Ett Hem, means at home in Swedish.  So it’s kind of an odd concept, you leave home, bags packed for …home. Interesting. I like to travel for a surprise, literally opening the book on Sweden as I sat back on … Continue reading

Ground Rules

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London is championing the crafts, the quality of materials, the detail and precision of skilled craftsmen. Experienced designers harness crafts to create unique pieces that give depth and character to interiors. These crafts are the modern decorative arts, future heirlooms … Continue reading

Spring Green

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Don’t tell anyone but I keep nearly crashing the car, May is the giddy climax of our English spring  and it’s so beautiful I keep on wanting to pull over/swerve wildly.  So far disaster averted.  You think I’m exaggerating? Well … Continue reading

Focus

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Instagram has taught us how to manipulate light and mood so that spaces and lifestyles are permanently  edited into insta-interiors, I am permanently re-framing my visual life into its  little square boxes.  But sometimes photos are so ubiquitous, they fail … Continue reading

Elsie de Wolfe: Making of a Legend

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You may not have heard of her, but you have seen her work, it resides in every fashionable interior’s combination of antique and modern, each trompe l’oeil tease and striped pavilion. It’s reflected in every mirrored wall and all those … Continue reading

The Power of Provenance: Part 1

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The Oxford Dictionary  defines provenance as the record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.  In practise provenance reflects the role that ownership has to play in the value … Continue reading

Couture Revolution

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Valentino Couture 2016… glided down the cat walk. Inspired by Mario Fortuny and the fluid freedom of early 20th century dancers, it also contained what has become a Valentino signature Grecian style dresses …with snaking diadems.  They caught my eye, … Continue reading

An Innner Glow an Outer Light: Melodi Horne

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Have you seen Melodi Horne’s lamp shades? ‘shades’ feel an entirely inappropriate name for her vibrant creations, which reverberate in rainbow hues often through exotic fabrics redolent of the silk road and Scheherazade’s charm. The first time I saw Melodi … Continue reading