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

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

An Innner Glow an Outer Light: Melodi Horne

Have you seen Melodi Horne’s lamp shades? ‘shades’ feel an entirely inappropriate name for her vibrant creations, which reverberate in rainbow hues often through exotic fabrics redolent of the silk road and Scheherazade’s charm. The first time I saw Melodi … Continue reading

A Splash of RED.

Life Giving? or danger-warning? Red is the most visually arresting of all the colours in ‘saturated’ wheel. Personally I seldom wear it and have never decorated with it, but a splash of red is life-affirming – especially now.  In the … 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

Royère Chic

It feels infinite –  this time of year in the Nothern hemisphere, the cold and grey are relentless. Now is the season to hunker down and cosy up – hhmmm .  The fireplace takes on a whole new meaning, after … Continue reading

Ca(u)tionary Tale

If I had had my way that day, this cat would have come home to stay:

Much-loved Mungo would have been surprised

But their effortless elegance of line, celebrated since Cleopatra’s time

Makes them an elegant addition: to office, bedroom or chic kitchen.

Grace Coddington has one, and his hat is rather fun.

Jonathon Adler’s slick kitties, well they could practically purr over your dishes.

And as I said the one I spied, deserved a loving home, I hate to think he’s all alone.

The moral of the story is:

When the purr-fect kitty’s seen – make sure your the cat who got the cream.

All images my own, kind of inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales.

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Happy-Light

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I love this light, available in multiple happy-colours, made in resin.

They are available at Ben Pentreath’s Bloomsbury treasure-chest and online store.

Like many items in Pentreath-Land it’s classic with modern fizz. I went along yesterday and they are truly special, worthy of their on-line description below, revealing loving craftsmanship and luminous final product:
Everything used to produce these resin base and book cloth lamps is within walking distance of Marianna Kennedy’s Spitlafield workshop. Driven by the love of the work and a desire to make contemporary objects using traditional techniques. In bright coloured resins, these fantastic table lamps have a splendid traditional quality, with a vibrancy that will make a room glow.

The nights are drawing in, Autumn’s in the air, between the lure of the first-fire and a resin-glow I am happy to draw the curtains. Of course, Mr Pentreath’s shows how it’s done in his sitting room, Farrow and Ball’s Calomine walls are completed with the heavenly Svensk Tenn , Berber rugs… and many fabulous accessoires, naturally including the Happy-Light:

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