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

The Power of the Enfilade

I am gliding softly through as the clock chimes the hour, each door gives way to a space more extravagant than the next, the gilt boiserie glittering in the firelight and the doors sequentially leading me on, in enticing succession, … Continue reading

A Taste for Tea

I am always interested in the story behind customs and tastes, how styles emerge and evolve, the history behind enduring motifs: from pineapple to swan, rococo to chinoiserie. Why?  because it gives depth and resonance to your experience of daily … Continue reading

Curio Couture

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli crafted an exquisite AW13 couture show  for Valentino stating, couture is celebrated in its essence, it is the maker of dreams, because imagination creates reality. What dreams, what research, what inspiration created this couture-reality. … Continue reading

Baroque Encore

Stephen Calloway  argues in his exuberantly titled Baroque Baroque  that baroque is the vital artistic mood in an otherwise reductive 20th century.  Editorial reviews in 1994  included: ‘The most provocative and stimulating style book of the year.’ (The New York Times) … Continue reading

Le Vieux, Le Meilleur

So if you were passing through the Luberon, Provence, and you had one pit stop, where would I take you? Well… Le Vieux, Oppede le Vieux.  Here time stands semi freddo, Miss Haversham cobwebs cling to crumbling castles and fairytale … Continue reading

Curios, Curious and Curiosity

“Out of Curiosity comes everything”.* Adam and Eve, Painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder 1528 Curious? Well I am, and  I think we should start at the beginning, not in the garden of Eden, where curiosity first raised a woman’s … Continue reading

Chanel: The Inner Sanctum

Forgive me, for I have sinned, my sin is one of ignorance and I am now converted, Chanel, Coco Chanel – I finally understand the reverence in which she is held by the fashion-flock and ordinary mortals alike. For I … Continue reading

Bring On Baroque

Baroque is designed to impress.  It’s been on my mind, it’s that Dolce and Gabbana AW campaign. I love how fashion grabs historical references, twists the kaleidoscope and punches them into public consciousness… their Baroque is modern, fun and desirable. … Continue reading