Make mine a Pavilion

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

Beatonesque

I saw this title on Pinterest and it piqued my interest, Cecil Beaton defined his era in many ways, but what is the definition of Beatonesque?  Mario Testino says he marked his period as if he were the only photographer around, … Continue reading

Cocteau Encore

Je reste avec vous.   (I stay with you) These are the words on Jean Cocteau’s grave stone.  He makes a confident statement in death. A contradiction? a truth? a creative legacy? a philosophical statement? a denial? an assertion? definitely … 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

Bohemian Birtwell: a very british delight

The very first fabric I ever bought was from Celia Birtwell, I vaguely appreciated it was Celia I had the long chat with – as I mooned over fabled creatures, princesses, stars and stripes whilst upending the entire basket of … Continue reading

Beaton’s Paradise Lost

In every life there are the rites of passage that define and shape it, from the joys of falling in love … to  the vicissitudes of moving house. These two events are united in the case of Cecil Beaton, aesthete … Continue reading