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

Ground Rules

London is championing the crafts, the quality of materials, the detail and precision of skilled craftsmen. Experienced designers harness crafts to create unique pieces that give depth and character to interiors. These crafts are the modern decorative arts, future heirlooms … 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

Creative Choices

The thing about collecting is you have those pulse racing moment… I found THIS, as happened when I stumbled upon: Printed in 1934 by Parsons and Sons ‘Colour and Varnish makers since 1802‘ it offers ‘the notable colours of the … 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

Provencal Palette: Berry-Nice

colour palette for provence

Of all the images I have from Provence the one that fizzes in my my mind is: Is it how damn edible they are? Is it the diagonal? the array? the green. Well – whatever it is – it is … Continue reading

True Provence = Van Day Truex

Provence glows in my mind I have visited it whilst growing up with my family and now en ‘grand famille’ – including ‘chien’. We have our favourite spots, restaurants, shops, markets and memories, layered over time.  During the  past weeks … Continue reading

Maison Jansen: At Home at Sea

I am a land-lover, when the sea floor disappears from view I mildly panic… where has land gone? Mine was not a childhood messing around on boats. But for one Greek dynasty this has been the case for generations and … 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: Lecture 3

The Elements of Decoration – Baldwin takes us through each element of the decor itself from furniture, to colour and lighting. He starts out, as he always does by making the obvious necessary: you do need that room plan and … Continue reading