Inside the Country House


So I went on ‘Country House Week’, this is my fantasy life life made real.  Whizzing around  rural England to extraordinary places, the scenic backdrop of many an aspirational interior today and collector’s fantasy.  We went ‘under the ropes’  and … Continue reading

Making Burberry


The common threads of fashion and interiors are rarely woven fast.  But the heft of heritage brand Burberry has united with The New Craftsmen’s modern artisans to create a Makers House inspired by Burberry’s ‘September’ collection, celebrating the ‘methods, materials and … Continue reading

Joanna Plant: A Natural Interior Designer


I always like to know people’s roots, their childhood world, it grows wth us into adulthood and shapes our interior-identity. I like my English interiors injected with a wasp twist, buzzed into sharper vibrancy, a legacy of our glamorous American … Continue reading

Trianon Today


Some buildings and their interiors  never fade from sight, they are too influential,  defining a style, a high-point in taste and design which become a touchstone for  subsequent generations.  Petit Trianon’s restrained neo classical elegance,  decorated to reflect the charm and … Continue reading

More is Moore: Modernist Sculptor’s Cabinet of Curiosities


Henry Moore: The whole of nature is an endless demonstration of shape and form. It always surprises me when artists try to escape from this.                  One of Moore’s several studios Henry Moore says … Continue reading

Make mine a Pavilion


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

The Queen’s Taste: Trianon

Marie_Antoinette_in_Muslin_dress vigee le brun

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: Ett Hem


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


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


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