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

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

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

Deck the Halls…

How do you decorate for Christmas? I have decided it’s a version of: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  yes – the wedding custom. Well Christmas is all about making your own customs and wrapped up in the … 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 I love how fashion grabs historical references, twists the kaleidoscope and punches them into public consciousness… their Baroque is modern, fun and desirable.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

Brandolini: Queen of Haute Bohemia

Muriel Brandolini is a decorator in her own world – where all is beauty, dazzling the eye and feeding the senses.  NY Times once crowned her “the newly minted arbiter of Haute Bohemian Chic”. An emerald green silk velvet pouf … Continue reading

Plus ca Change: Make an Entrance

Billy Baldwin’s  stair hall in 1949: Pink walls, white wood work, black floor paint and striking, graphic rugs in black and white.  The banisters final curve,  in gloss pink I think – don’t you? plays with the console table’s curves … Continue reading