Posts from October 2016


October 21, 2016

My brother and I shared a huge bedroom with multi-coloured curtains, matching bed spreads (his was green, mine was pink) and built in matching pine desks with shelves for books and toys. We would wake up with the birds and play hide and seek, or build forts out of pillows. I have said this here before, but I am a big believer in children sharing a room, even if you have the space for them not to. I think it encourages silliness and squables, deep friendship and daily compromise. If their bedroom was a teensy bit bigger, I would put all three of my children in the same room, with our third bedroom acting as an office-cum-play-read-watch movies room. I would put two bunk beds in, with a spare bed for a visiting pal/Yiayia, and leave them to bicker, bond and figure it all out.



October 19, 2016

With eye-popping colours and bold, graphic prints, it’s no wonder that Tata Naka (designed by identical twins, Tamara and Natasha Surguladze) is my kind of line. If I buy anything it will be a cushion from the Travelling Babe collection. With her printed turban and crystal clusters, ‘Babe goes to Capri’ is kind of amazing. And ‘Babe at the Chelsea Flower Show’ is just how I’d want to look at a splendid horticultural event. It’ll be hard to choose just one, but really, these dames deserve the company.




bed Mates

October 18, 2016

Separate bedrooms, no –– but separate beds, why not? This divine set up at the Luchino Visconti room at the Grand Hotel et de Milan will do nicely. A pair of vintage ormalu-decorated beds and the covers all to myself, si grazie.




October 17, 2016

Artist and stylist, Kate Schelter’s Manhattan apartment is a charming mix of fabric, light and whimsy. I adore the poppies, anemones and dahlias scattered about the place, and her picture walls of fine art, photography and humour are so well done. Plus, any room that mixes stripes, dalmation spots and Schiaparelli pink is my kind of room.




On the Road

October 14, 2016

“If you don’t drive, the adventure begins at your door,” says Gloria Steinem. “You are not by yourself in a tin can. You are immediately in the subway, or the bus or in a taxi which is like a world, a universe.” If you have a few minutes watch Gloria Steinem doesn’t drive –– it’s quite moving.



October 13, 2016

If our subway stations looked anything like the ones in Moscow, I would opt for trains over taxis every time. With beautiful moldings, frescoes and chandeliers, the stations look more like grand banquet halls than subway stops. Taganskaya is my favourite, mostly because of that stunning lapis blue. And Mayakovskaya station is pure art deco. Take a look at Vancouver-based photographer David Burdeny’s photographs of the stations. They’re really quite stunning.




October 12, 2016

I’ve been looking for a light weight coat –– something for the mid to late teens. I tried on a few cotton parkas, but none of them suited me. And then I came across this kimono style coat designed by LRNCE –– a Belgian fashion label based in Marrakech ––and now it’s all I want to wear. That it’s out of stock puts a caveat in my plans, as does the fact that the line is only available at shops in Antwerp, Florence, Paris and Marrakech. Plan B is to take images and a great fabric to my very talented and able Toronto seamstress so she can copy it. It’s rarely the same as the real thing, I know. Sometimes, it’s even better.





Me Fleur

October 12, 2016

I find these images of flowers in thawing ice by Japanese photographer,  Kenji Shibata quite moving. “Choreographed by an expert hand, the flowers become more than themselves: alien landscapes, abstract smears of color, stunning centerpieces veiled by frost.” I see the flowers trapped in the ice, and then I imagine their slow and graceful movement to the surface as the ice melts.



caped crusader

October 10, 2016

I’m a big fan of capes –– I find them quite romantic. And I don’t feel that they’re worn nearly enough. I’ve seen quite a few winter ones of late –– a mix of plaid and cable knit –– that I rather like. But this one here, is sheer frivolity. I’m not sure in what world I’d wear it, but I can say for sure, that it would be a whimsical one.



October 8, 2016

I recently discovered clothing by Mes Demoiselles, a line of ultra romantic dresses, skirts, sweaters and tops made in Paris. The collection is perfect for layering; think silk camisoles, printed chemises and oversized, knitted ponchos. It’s all very bohemian, and of course perfect for a life on the Left Bank. I’ll take this pantalon, and a faux shearling turban and a pair of gold sequin pants, because, pourquoi non?




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