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

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

Spring Green

Don’t tell anyone but I keep nearly crashing the car, May is the giddy climax of our English spring  and it’s so beautiful I keep on wanting to pull over/swerve wildly.  So far disaster averted.  You think I’m exaggerating? Well … Continue reading

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

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

Christmas List 2015

Christmas? you mean it’s December? already? OMG… literally in the station.It’s our first Christmas back in the country after a year of house building…my list should really be all about the unfinished interiors and external drainage. But where’s the ho-ho-ho in … Continue reading

The Power of the Enfilade

I am gliding softly through as the clock chimes the hour, each door gives way to a space more extravagant than the next, the gilt boiserie glittering in the firelight and the doors sequentially leading me on, in enticing succession, … 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