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

Couture Revolution

Valentino Couture 2016… glided down the cat walk. Inspired by Mario Fortuny and the fluid freedom of early 20th century dancers, it also contained what has become a Valentino signature Grecian style dresses …with snaking diadems.  They caught my eye, … 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

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

The Owl’s Tale

They’re very beautiful aren’t they?  Their humanoid big-eyed wide faces have a direct appeal to us.  We see ourselves in them and throughout history have given them human characteristics that reflect our changing vision and understanding of them: wise, wicked, … Continue reading

cultural lens

So Somerset House: cultural beacon, Courtauld institute and home to the the twinkliest Tiffany blue ice rink in town. My intention was ‘Guy Bourdin’ being a Francophile kind of girl, but I got sidetracked  by Blondie, those neon window strips … Continue reading

Civilisation

We fought to protect civilisation in WWII, and during it we saw the ultimate extremes of which human beings are capable: monstrous in fact to profoundly generous,  brave and  determined in the most testing of circumstances.  It was the 70th … 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

Stella and Issy’s Gilded Borders

I understand when Stella Tennant says: I’ve been itching to return to making, and now I’m doing it. I’ve been working on projects, mainly renovating houses, and that’s been my outlet. It’s really exciting to focus on this now.  ‘This … Continue reading