A Good Read

How do you indulge? Nothing like a spot of time out over frothy cappuccino – I find. Simple Pleasures. In fact my coffee got rather cold over House and Garden’s November issue, NOW rather well thumbed . The home on … Continue reading

Country for All Seasons

“He stood staring into the wood for a minute, then said: “What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?” He sounded faintly sad. Perhaps he … Continue reading

Ca(u)tionary Tale

If I had had my way that day, this cat would have come home to stay:

Much-loved Mungo would have been surprised

But their effortless elegance of line, celebrated since Cleopatra’s time

Makes them an elegant addition: to office, bedroom or chic kitchen.

Grace Coddington has one, and his hat is rather fun.

Jonathon Adler’s slick kitties, well they could practically purr over your dishes.

And as I said the one I spied, deserved a loving home, I hate to think he’s all alone.

The moral of the story is:

When the purr-fect kitty’s seen – make sure your the cat who got the cream.

All images my own, kind of inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales.


Chanel: The Inner Sanctum

Forgive me, for I have sinned, my sin is one of ignorance and I am now converted, Chanel, Coco Chanel – I finally understand the reverence in which she is held by the fashion-flock and ordinary mortals alike. For I … Continue reading



I love this light, available in multiple happy-colours, made in resin.

They are available at Ben Pentreath’s Bloomsbury treasure-chest and online store.

Like many items in Pentreath-Land it’s classic with modern fizz. I went along yesterday and they are truly special, worthy of their on-line description below, revealing loving craftsmanship and luminous final product:
Everything used to produce these resin base and book cloth lamps is within walking distance of Marianna Kennedy’s Spitlafield workshop. Driven by the love of the work and a desire to make contemporary objects using traditional techniques. In bright coloured resins, these fantastic table lamps have a splendid traditional quality, with a vibrancy that will make a room glow.

The nights are drawing in, Autumn’s in the air, between the lure of the first-fire and a resin-glow I am happy to draw the curtains. Of course, Mr Pentreath’s shows how it’s done in his sitting room, Farrow and Ball’s Calomine walls are completed with the heavenly Svensk Tenn , Berber rugs… and many fabulous accessoires, naturally including the Happy-Light: