Plus ça Change: Stripes

Just as each modern generation coming of age believes it has invented sex, hedonism and all nighters… whilst re-inventing fashion in its own image (obvs). So each era, spins the stripes round, thinking only they have re-calibrated the graphic line. … 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

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

Decorex Sketch

September is a storming calvacade after the languor of Summer months, there’s endless shows, events and a constant instagram fizz of fabulous shots: are you Fashion Week frenzied? LDF? Focus-ed? 100% design? Top Drawer? A Decorative Fair? LAPADA’d? V and … Continue reading

Playing Hooky

There’s nothing quite like playing hooky? right, especially when it’s with your business partner in the name of ‘Research’, actually maybe we should call ours ‘R and R’ days (Retail gets a look in).  Just a little excited. So we … 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

Somewhere over the Rainbow: New York

New York is such a feast of excess : the heady heights that arch you back, the blistering array of architectural styles from luscious ornamentation to streamlined slick, those film-set streets that seem to disappear over the horizon, the shops … Continue reading

Baroque Encore

Stephen Calloway  argues in his exuberantly titled Baroque Baroque  that baroque is the vital artistic mood in an otherwise reductive 20th century.  Editorial reviews in 1994  included: ‘The most provocative and stimulating style book of the year.’ (The New York Times) … Continue reading