We fought to protect civilisation in WWII, and during it we saw the ultimate extremes of which human beings are capable: monstrous in fact to profoundly generous,  brave and  determined in the most testing of circumstances.  It was the 70th … Continue reading

9, Duchess of Devonshire

There has been so much written about the Mitfords, and by the Mitfords, both during their lives and after , that now as the final obituaries roll off the press for the last sister,  ‘wait for me‘ Debo, it is truly … Continue reading

Just Deneuve

The wattage of Catherine Deneuve’s fame,  her trajectory through film history and modern culture as Belle du Jour and France’s Marianne to Grand Dame and Auteur creates dazzling refractions it’s difficult to see past to the woman within. Deveuve has … 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

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

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

A Christmas Rush

So I went to London last week and it was hotly anticipated, only by me you understand, but still – got a total ‘rush’ – and of course it was MOST rushed…First stop Luke Irwin sample sale, these are beautiful … Continue reading

21st Century Curio

I am embracing Christmas at this stage – but everywhere I look – I am curio-struck, SO I couldn’t resist… Clockwise-ish from top left: House of Hackney tray for Christmas drinks, features woodland animals engaged in cultural activities, very curio. … Continue reading

In Praise of the Pineapple

I have always loved a pineapple, it’s part of my sur-realism kick, it tickles my fancy and makes me smile to see them.  They have a long design history, inter-twined with the pine cone, and potent symbolism. Plus basically they … Continue reading