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

Can we go again? Ballyvolane

Ireland’s country houses are the stuff of interior dreams and good life fantasies, whilst the Irish ‘themselves’ are famed for their céad míle fáilte hospitality, That’s ‘guaranteed a grand time’ to you and me, put it together and you have … Continue reading

A Week in Provence

Spending time in Provence you reconnect with an eternal good life guided by the seasons and enriched by its extraordinary beauty.  My heart beats to the daily cycle as the sun welcomes a clear-sky dawn before beating down until an apricot … 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

Deceptive Charms

So I paused in London, surveyed my empty purse and thanked the Lord that the V and A always pulls me off the shop floor  street… There in the furthest reaches of the 6th floor is the smallest exhibition you … Continue reading

The Food of Love

I read the other day that sharing meals, the act of eating together releases the hormone oxytocin. For thousands of years families, lovers and communities have bonded over sharing food, from the Sunday roast to the Harvest Festival and the Wedding … Continue reading