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

ABC: Assouline’s Bibliophile Chic

Do you covet books? Do ‘slip covers’ emit a siren’s call? Do lavish titles lure you in? Does a row of book spines induce mental Chinese whispers, always culminating in ‘take me home’?  Bals and Swans:  in their slip covers … 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