wit and delight

September 18, 2018

One of the things I love about Instagram, are all the beautiful homes I get to peek into. Today, I discovered the home of Tomas Colaco –– a real feast for the eyes. The professor and his wife divide their time between Tangiers and Lisbon, and the influence of both cultures is evident throughout. I love the mix of murals, suzani textiles and antique furnishings. There is such humour, whimsy and romanticism in their style. Have a look. The donkey is what pulled me in!

closet encounters

September 17, 2018

It’s hard to beat a Pax, but if you’re buying for love, your heart may land here. You so rarely see stand alone wardrobes anymore –– let’s be honest, they’re not that practical –– but if you have the space, it’s such a lovely addition to a room. This Victorian is kind of dreamy as is this deco number. And really, don’t our clothes deserve a beautiful home?

shades of earth

September 14, 2018

It’s the palette in this decor that I really love –– the brass, the rust, the sand and nude. The brass light in the kitchen is a piece of sculpture, and I love the metallic pink paint brushed on to the underside of the archway. The light millwork, and custom joinery is so beautiful, especially against the choice of black counters and backsplash. It’s a dramatic space, Designed by Decus with lots of inspiration to be drawn from it.


September 13, 2018

This little bed and breakfast in the Hudson Valley looks delightful. Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Thoreau, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway have all been guests at the Troutbeck. The 250-year-old house just recently went through a re-design, and the look is cozy, chic and littered with nods to its literary past. Have a look at the rooms, so warm and inviting. A thanksgiving sojourn, perhaps?

Table Manners

September 13, 2018

It’s not easy to get the height right, but I’ve always liked the idea of a sofa at the dining room table. This combination of a traditional sofa, rustic table and industrial Bertoia chairs is really lovely.  I like the option of sinking into the sofa or sitting upright while I nosh on my dinner. I think I’d mostly choose the sofa, unless tacos were on the menu that is.

minimal appeal

September 12, 2018

While this isn’t a home I could live in, I can’t deny the appeal of a spartan, quiet aesthetic. We’re in Seinäjoki, Finland and the house is set among acres of Pine trees. I like the white clapboard walls, a modern riff on the rustic, and the large windows filled entirely with trees. The furnishings, sleek and understated, fit effortlessly into the space. Have a walk around; you minimalists may never leave.

Being Maude

September 7, 2018

It was the bathroom tiles that drew me in to stylist, Maude Smith’s South London home. Each tile, hand-painted by Maude, is a  ladybird, butterfly, beetle or bird. The rest of the house, with its fabulous wallpapers, textiles and Persian rugs, is just as delightful. The fire place in the living room was hand-painted by one of Maude’s flatmates, while the wallpaper in the stairway was designed by Maude for her final year project at Edinburgh College of Art. Maude designs clothing from hand blocked fabrics and many of her dresses hang in her bedroom. A picture wall, as dense as the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition, hangs in the dining room and Maude’s kitchen cupboards are covered in corks, shells and broken china. How lovely to pour so much of yourself, and your creative talents into your home. Have a look around. It’s pure whimsy.

bird house

September 6, 2018

Brass taps, a marble sink and a floor that’s ready for a game of chess. The bright coral flamingo brings a humour and whimsy that all guest loos should have. And if only all were as spacious as this one. Guests could have a party in there.

kitchen sink drama

August 31, 2018

I like to see a farmhouse sink juxtaposed with streamlined cabinetry and sleek, modern plumbing fixtures. This is a good looking utility room. This sink from Native Trails, a modern take on a traditional design, is kind of perfect for such a setting. I love it in slate. But it looks great in pearl, too.

clay pit

August 24, 2018

When Brooklyn furniture company BDDW moved to the Frankfort neighborhood of Philadelphia, a 20-ft deep pit of clay was unearthed during the excavation of their offices. As luck would have it, the company’s founder Tyelr Hayes is a pottery enthusiast, so a line of ceramics was added to BDDW’s collections. And it’s really quite beautiful. It reminds me Delft pottery, and yet it’s unmistakably contemporary. I’m wild about these weird sea mushroom vases, and the plates, very Royal Copenhagen, are lovely. Have a look, you too will want to snap up a dozen mugs. At $180 a piece, a girl can dream….

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