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

Baroque Encore

Stephen Calloway  argues in his exuberantly titled Baroque Baroque  that baroque is the vital artistic mood in an otherwise reductive 20th century.  Editorial reviews in 1994  included: ‘The most provocative and stimulating style book of the year.’ (The New York Times) … Continue reading

Magic Carpet Decor

How do you start decorating? Most people collect some tear sheets, look at colour charts, possibly think about storage. Most people end up with a variation on a theme of current decorating trends: You know – open plan something, Farrow and … Continue reading

Let’s Go-Rococo

Rococo, rolls off the tongue. Ro-co-co … ooh, how I love it. I am going look at its style, features and the all important: ‘rococo now’. Mainstream-Rococo conjures up Fragonard’s infamous painting of ‘the swing’, the cuckold husband sending his … Continue reading