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

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

Make mine a Pavilion

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

The Queen’s Taste: Trianon

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

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

Elsie de Wolfe: Making of a Legend

You may not have heard of her, but you have seen her work, it resides in every fashionable interior’s combination of antique and modern, each trompe l’oeil tease and striped pavilion. It’s reflected in every mirrored wall and all those … Continue reading

Plus ça Change: Stripes

Just as each modern generation coming of age believes it has invented sex, hedonism and all nighters… whilst re-inventing fashion in its own image (obvs). So each era, spins the stripes round, thinking only they have re-calibrated the graphic line. … Continue reading

Summer Stripes

So It all started again in Venice, with stripes, the obsession – that is.  I mean Biennale was fabulous, the Gritti perfection, the weather mixed (read: lashings of rain) … but hey, I put a good face on it, because … Continue reading

Sneak Peek

It’s been a bit quiet on line here at ADA, I have been absorbed in the REAL world, I know. Finally making decorative decisions. I know. And you know the way it is in the real world: rushed, complicated and … Continue reading