Make mine a Pavilion

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

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 I love how fashion grabs historical references, twists the kaleidoscope and punches them into public consciousness… their Baroque is modern, fun and desirable.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

Billy Baldwin Gets Personal: Lecture 4

Decorators should never insist on throwing out everything the client has. Even when they are far from perfect, loved possessions add personality. In his final lecture Baldwin emphasises the importance of ‘the personal touch’: because it’s the personal that breathes … Continue reading

Billy Baldwin: The Bones of a Room – Lecture 2.

You dont keep a stellar client list happy without an ability to hold your ground (or in Baldwin’s case carpet) with great charm. He notes, The important thing was to keep our relationship a pleasure from beginning to end. Commercial work, … 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