woof!

As man’s (and gal’s) loyal best friend dogs have a special place in our hearts and homes.  I spotted this interior the other day and the dog leapt off the page, for he is an heirloom dog whose presence in … Continue reading

Library Lea(r)ning

Patrick Leigh Fermor was once described as “a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene,”  he kept good company with Deborah Mitford, AKA the Duchess of Devonshire.  Their correspondence written ‘in tearing haste‘ over 50 years makes a … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin Gets Personal: Lecture 4

Decorators should never insist on throwing out everything the client has. Even when they are far from perfect, loved possessions add personality. In his final lecture Baldwin emphasises the importance of ‘the personal touch’: because it’s the personal that breathes … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin: Lecture 3

The Elements of Decoration – Baldwin takes us through each element of the decor itself from furniture, to colour and lighting. He starts out, as he always does by making the obvious necessary: you do need that room plan and … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin: The Bones of a Room – Lecture 2.

You dont keep a stellar client list happy without an ability to hold your ground (or in Baldwin’s case carpet) with great charm. He notes, The important thing was to keep our relationship a pleasure from beginning to end. Commercial work, … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin: Lecture Me One More Time

Billy Baldwin was THE decorator because his style forged a vision of crisp, uncontrived glamour which defined the modern American aesthetic, for this we all owe him a debt of design gratitude. He  designed from the very humanist principle: “No … Continue reading