Focus

Instagram has taught us how to manipulate light and mood so that spaces and lifestyles are permanently  edited into insta-interiors, I am permanently re-framing my visual life into its  little square boxes.  But sometimes photos are so ubiquitous, they fail … 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

Celebrating Cecil

There’s an immediate ‘click’ when you share a passion, in this instance Cecil Beaton. Talking to Andrew Ginger who conceived and put together the exhibition Beaton at Home was fascinating, 10 minutes swiftly became an hour…because there’s so much to … Continue reading

Heirloom Thoughts

What makes an heirloom ? provenance? price? quality? or family line,  love and memories?  Prior to this post ‘heirloom’ echoed with Mitford meeds Devonshire associations of inherited privilege.  But then I saw a article which caught my imagination, made me … Continue reading

Beatonesque

I saw this title on Pinterest and it piqued my interest, Cecil Beaton defined his era in many ways, but what is the definition of Beatonesque?  Mario Testino says he marked his period as if he were the only photographer around, … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

There was a flash of Redd at the bar, a laughing man, in a uniform mass of white tie …a red dinner jacket. It was Miles Redd, looking, surprise -surprise, stand out chic. What FUN to have a name that … Continue reading

Curiouser and Curiouser

Well I was on line, as you are … and this article caught my eye; Curiouser & curiouser Discarded curios are finding a new narrative context in fashionable interiors. Mark C O’Flaherty explores the growing trend for pop architectural salvage… I … Continue reading

A Christmas Rush

So I went to London last week and it was hotly anticipated, only by me you understand, but still – got a total ‘rush’ – and of course it was MOST rushed…First stop Luke Irwin sample sale, these are beautiful … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin Gets Personal: Lecture 4

Decorators should never insist on throwing out everything the client has. Even when they are far from perfect, loved possessions add personality. In his final lecture Baldwin emphasises the importance of ‘the personal touch’: because it’s the personal that breathes … Continue reading

The Allure of the East

Cathay, China, the land of the dragon…has fascinated and inspired Europe for hundreds of years.  Chinoiserie is a style created by  fable, myth and exotic merchandise.  What do I love about it? that  it’s in an exercise in fantasy:  European … Continue reading