Inside the Country House

So I went on ‘Country House Week’, this is my fantasy life life made real.  Whizzing around  rural England to extraordinary homes, some still redolent with the family’s heritage and power others empty shells due to family hubris or the … Continue reading

Joanna Plant: A Natural Interior Designer

I always like to know people’s roots, their childhood world, it grows wth us into adulthood and shapes our interior-identity. I like my English interiors injected with a wasp twist, buzzed into sharper vibrancy, a legacy of our glamorous American … Continue reading

9, Duchess of Devonshire

There has been so much written about the Mitfords, and by the Mitfords, both during their lives and after , that now as the final obituaries roll off the press for the last sister,  ‘wait for me‘ Debo, it is truly … 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

Haslam Has It…

So who… is best friend with Min Hogg, legendary founder of WOI was getting down with Tallulah Bankhead age 15 (in between Eton College term times) was a stalwart companion of Diana Cooper née Manners had reclusive star Greta Garbo … Continue reading