copper tone

January 18, 2019

Just imagine the food prepared in this kitchen; bouillabaisses, paellas, soufflés and flaming crepe suzettes. This is a cook’s kitchen. Look at the beautiful copper pots and pans. Cooking isn’t my preferred pastime, but suddenly, all I want to do is put on a pinny and make a mushroom risotto.

this is my letter to you

January 18, 2019

I came across Maria Wigley‘s stitched thoughts, love notes and poems and I thought what a beautiful gift they’d make for a lover or friend. They somehow seem to capture the intensity, fragmentedness and madness of the mind; where does the thread begin and end? A textile artist from the U.K. I find Wigley’s work really quite moving.

rising star

January 16, 2019

There’s a naivety and whimsy to Faye Weiwei‘s work that I am very much drawn to. The up and coming Anglo-Chinese artist draws from folklore and mythology in her paintings, and shows close ties with Cy Twombly, Francesco Clemente, Picasso and Edward Munch. Lions, snakes, stars, hearts and tulips appear throughout her work; this image of a lady with three white leopards under a Juniper tree is a favourite.


January 15, 2019

When I was small, we had a Great Dane, fittingly, named Magnus. He was black and white, gentle natured, and the size of a pony. We loved him. He loved us also. So much so, that once in a while, he used to escape through the side door of our Virginia Water house, and make a beeline for the schoolyard of our local country prep. It was a good ten minute drive away. He’d appear in the playground, and all the children would start screaming. All except my brother and I. Ten minutes later, my Mum would arrive in our white station wagon to take him home. This happened several times. If you have some time this week, watch Dogs. Its moving and inspiring and just the kind of television for cold, winter evenings.

the great sphinx

January 14, 2019

Sent M’ahesa (Else von Carlberg) was a Swedish dancer known for her ancient Egyptian temple dances. She wore elaborate Egyptian costumes, and was immortalized by many an artist –– Max BeckmannBernhard Hoetger  –– from her time. Here, Hanns Holdt portrays the dancer in what appears to be the pose of sphinx. The photo is from 1928, and it’s quite amazing.

layer cake

January 12, 2019

I adore the Gucci dress that Saoirse Ronan wore to the NYC premier of Mary Queen Of Scots. It’s so decadent and delicious. It looks like a wedding cake. I could do without the beaded heart and the writing on the hem, but that’s just me. But all the ivory ruffles and pleats are a bit of dream. There’s a theatricality to the dress, particularly the collar, that I found fitting for the part of a Queen.

After Picasso

January 10, 2019

I’ve written about Marrakech-based LRNCE before, specifically the company’s line of textiles. More recently, it’s their ceramics that I’m into. I love the jugs –– crude and quirky –– and the plates adorned with bold, irregular patterns. Each piece is made by hand on the outskirts of Marrakech. This vase is a bit of a dream; I see it filled with white Agapanthus.

flower power

January 10, 2019

I bought a large bunch of orange tulips today, which always feels a bit odd in the depths of January, but you know, small pick-me-ups. I mixed in some Irises, and the house immediately feels brighter and more cheery. And I keep coming back to this serene photo of lakeside peach tulips. You can just smell the freshness in the air. Oh, lowly tulip, you really are a jewel.

pastry chef

January 9, 2019

I do love a good pastry, and these spinach and artichoke stuffed soft pretzels look amazing. My neighbour, Jessica makes the earth’s best pastry, so here’s hoping she reads this post and is tempted to rustle them up. Will trade pottery for pastry. I bet they’d go great with a Greek salad and a bottle of red.

mixing and matching

January 9, 2019

I have a thing for scalloped edges, elaborate headboards, and (like everyone on Instagram) decorative tiles. This room brings all three together in a beautiful way. I like the contrast of fancy florals with the bold, geometric tile, and the worn green doors, and fading plaster add charm and character. I’m guessing we’re in Cuba. I’ve got no idea, but why not?

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