Chinese Whispers..

There’s been quite a bit about false-news and echo-chambers recently, how you need to check several sources,  delve deeper than your primary news feeds.  Well if that’s the case with the present… what about the past? Chinese whispers down the … 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

Inside the Country House

So I went on ‘Country House Week’, this is my fantasy life life made real.  Whizzing around  rural England to extraordinary homes, some still redolent with the family’s heritage and power others empty shells due to family hubris or the … 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

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

Focus

Instagram has taught us how to manipulate light and mood so that spaces and lifestyles are permanently  edited into insta-interiors, I am permanently re-framing my visual life into its  little square boxes.  But sometimes photos are so ubiquitous, they fail … 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

The Power of Provenance: Part 1

The Oxford Dictionary  defines provenance as the record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.  In practise provenance reflects the role that ownership has to play in the value … Continue reading