Make mine a Pavilion

The Chinese Pavilion at Drottingholm the ultimate birthday present and example of Chinoiserie Continue reading

The Queen’s Taste: Trianon

I finally went to Versailles, it was Monday the palace was closed to the public and we echoed through the vast space of the state apartments, I could have cart wheeled through the Hall of Mirrors…WHY didn’t I? I suppose … 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

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

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

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

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

woof!

As man’s (and gal’s) loyal best friend dogs have a special place in our hearts and homes.  I spotted this interior the other day and the dog leapt off the page, for he is an heirloom dog whose presence in … Continue reading

Just Deneuve

The wattage of Catherine Deneuve’s fame,  her trajectory through film history and modern culture as Belle du Jour and France’s Marianne to Grand Dame and Auteur creates dazzling refractions it’s difficult to see past to the woman within. Deveuve has … Continue reading