Chinese Whispers..

There’s been quite a bit about false-news and echo-chambers recently, how you need to check several sources,  delve deeper than your primary news feeds.  Well if that’s the case with the present… what about the past? Chinese whispers down the … Continue reading

Make mine a Pavilion

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

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

A Taste for Tea

I am always interested in the story behind customs and tastes, how styles emerge and evolve, the history behind enduring motifs: from pineapple to swan, rococo to chinoiserie. Why?  because it gives depth and resonance to your experience of daily … Continue reading

Sorgue Again

No matter how you arrive, once here, the heat seeps into your bones, rosé flows liberally, summer days are hazy, in tune with the cicadas and the path of the sun. The daily schedule and demands of life  melt away, … Continue reading

Chinoiserie Forever

When Lord Marchmain asks for a bed downstairs, he requests ‘the Chinese drawing-room; and Wilcox the “Queen’s Bed” ‘.  His final days are spent in a  Chinoiserie chimera – to aid his vision of a heavenly kingdom beyond?  And so … Continue reading

A Good Read

How do you indulge? Nothing like a spot of time out over frothy cappuccino – I find. Simple Pleasures. In fact my coffee got rather cold over House and Garden’s November issue, NOW rather well thumbed . The home on … Continue reading

Bring On Baroque

Baroque is designed to impress.  It’s been on my mind, it’s that Dolce and Gabbana AW campaign. I love how fashion grabs historical references, twists the kaleidoscope and punches them into public consciousness… their Baroque is modern, fun and desirable. … Continue reading