B is Best

At their inaugural design awards House and Garden awarded Beata Hueman interior designer of the year.  She’s been on my radar since House and Garden published her work early 2017. She’s an original, her interiors are colourful, witty and sophisticated … Continue reading

Modern-Colour Masterclass

Emergency stop in Paris.  I know I said next stop India, but then work  distracted me, and  then,  much MORE importantly Valentino Haute Couture rainbowed into social media. A masterclass in modern colour and that translates into chic interiors seamlessly. … Continue reading

A Visual Cleanse

As as the palette cleanse that New Year’s demands comes into focus, I am wondering which particular visuals from 2017 will stay with me for 2018.  Each year the mass of decorative images and insta-interiors streaming through a designer’s digital … Continue reading

Parker and Jules

I am always intrigued by people’s creative process, what inspires them and forms their aesthetic. I like the dynamic and bounce of collaboration and how it takes you further working together – when you are truly team. Nancy Parker lives … Continue reading

Where do you draw the line?

I picked up the Farrow and Ball book, How to Decorate, its function, to simplify the often fraught process of decorating: the myriad choices that natural light, paint and architecture actually present.  It highlighted a few simple design rules which … Continue reading

Christmas List 2016

Is it really Christmas ? What 2016. I have just emerged from the 18th century… Yes really, countless house visits and lectures later, essay in, exams finished . But oh have I feasted… visually replete and synapses still fizzing. Time to … 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