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

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

Into the Woods: memories and magic

I have a thing for book sculptures.  I love the woods.  I bow down to the seasons. I watch in wonder as my children run arms outstretched towards their future, leaving images of their former selves distinct in my memory, … Continue reading

A, B, C Books

A well-chosen book succinctly inscribed to the recipient  is a seasonal winner.  The books listed below are vicariously grouped and defined by me, from hard back glories to paper back page-turners. Lady in the House: Mother-in-Law to Stylish 20 something. … Continue reading

Christmas List 2014

It’s Coming…Are you ready? Tick Tock… one never is right, even us Virgos struggle at Christmas.  Once again the lists are everywhere and I contemplating house décor in a limited time-poor, slightly frazzled way.  After Conran at Christmas, why bother? … 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

What’s in a Name?

There was a flash of Redd at the bar, a laughing man, in a uniform mass of white tie …a red dinner jacket. It was Miles Redd, looking, surprise -surprise, stand out chic. What FUN to have a name that … Continue reading

Curiouser and Curiouser

Well I was on line, as you are … and this article caught my eye; Curiouser & curiouser Discarded curios are finding a new narrative context in fashionable interiors. Mark C O’Flaherty explores the growing trend for pop architectural salvage… I … Continue reading

Bohemian Birtwell: a very british delight

The very first fabric I ever bought was from Celia Birtwell, I vaguely appreciated it was Celia I had the long chat with – as I mooned over fabled creatures, princesses, stars and stripes whilst upending the entire basket of … Continue reading