Parker and Jules

I am always intrigued by people’s creative process, what inspires them and forms their aesthetic. I like the dynamic and bounce of collaboration and how it takes you further working together – when you are truly team. Nancy Parker lives … Continue reading

Where do you draw the line?

I picked up the Farrow and Ball book, How to Decorate, its function, to simplify the often fraught process of decorating: the myriad choices that natural light, paint and architecture actually present.  It highlighted a few simple design rules which … Continue reading

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

Trianon Today

Some buildings and their interiors  never fade from sight, they are too influential,  defining a style, a high-point in taste and design which become a touchstone for  subsequent generations.  Petit Trianon’s restrained neo classical elegance,  decorated to reflect the charm and … Continue reading

At Home: Ett Hem

Ett Hem, means at home in Swedish.  So it’s kind of an odd concept, you leave home, bags packed for …home. Interesting. I like to travel for a surprise, literally opening the book on Sweden as I sat back on … Continue reading

Ground Rules

London is championing the crafts, the quality of materials, the detail and precision of skilled craftsmen. Experienced designers harness crafts to create unique pieces that give depth and character to interiors. These crafts are the modern decorative arts, future heirlooms … 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

Sneak Peek

It’s been a bit quiet on line here at ADA, I have been absorbed in the REAL world, I know. Finally making decorative decisions. I know. And you know the way it is in the real world: rushed, complicated and … 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