paper flowers

March 8, 2018

There is a corner of London that I love, where the Fulham Road and Old Church Street meet, and where de Gournay sits opposite a charming Chelsea flower stand. Two of my favourite things –– flowers and wallpaper. It is a little bit of a dream of mine to cover a wall in de Gournay flowers. I’d walk in de Gournay shoes, but really, it’s a powder room of peonies that I want. Or wisteria, yes, wisteria would be wonderful.

la vie en rose

March 5, 2018

What a lovely idea, a marshmallow pink bedroom is. This one here, in the Château de la Goujeonnerie in the Vendée, is a delight, with its embroidered silks from Lelièvre, 18th-century Delft vases and a palm tree chandelier by Josef Hoffman. Have a walk through the rest of the house –– designed by the trio behind L3G Designs –– it’s vraiment fancy.


March 5, 2018

A while ago, I worked on a series for Toronto Life, where I visited people’s homes and asked them questions about their collections. What inspired the collection? What does the collection reveal about them? Where do they keep their one hundred panamas? Which was the first Victorian cameo they ever purchased? How many mid century salad tongs do they own? I found the topic fascinating. So when I happened upon painter, Greg Irvine’s South Melbourne home, I was kind of gobsmacked. From tortoiseshell combs to celluloid bangles to bamboo furnishings, every room is adorned with some whimsical collection. Watch this video –– it’s quite a delight to see how artfully, meticulously Irvine curates his collections.


March 2, 2018

I went to a workshop yesterday hosted by artist and florist, Lauren Wilson. We learned about tulipieres –– a 17th century vessel with multiple spouts –– and we got to design our own arrangements using peonies, roses, miniature anemones, narcissus and parrot tulips. To play with bunches and bunches of fresh blooms is my idea of heaven, although a tulipiere is a little more challenging than a standard vase. While I appreciate restrained, simple arrangements, with so many flowers in front of me, I couldn’t resist wild and whimsical. I stuffed each spout with as many flowers as would fit, without cutting off  their water supply! It was exciting to see how each of us approached the vessel and choice of flowers. Seven women, seven interpretations of the tulipiere.

head for the hills

February 26, 2018

I love to see lots of natural wood in an interior, the more varieties the better. The beautiful Malibu home of Aaron Bruno, lead singer of the band Awolnation, stopped me in my tracks. It’s warm, light, airy and simple. With its farmhouse sink, open shelves and retro fridge, the kitchen is a bit of a dream, as are the spartan, sun-drenched bedrooms. Most of the furnishings are one-of-a-kind. California, dreamy.

chez moi

February 20, 2018

I love this chic interiors at this Paris hotel, especially the palette of soft corals, teals and blues in the rooms. There are so many great hotels to choose from in the city, but this one seems to marry old world romanticism with cool, contemporary style. The bar looks pretty decadent, just the place for a Vermouth cocktail after the opera.

French country

February 16, 2018

It’s been lots of textile rich interiors this week, but I couldn’t resist posting one more before the weekend. The eighteenth-century French country home of textiles dealer Susan Deliss is such a delight. It’s one room after another of beautiful colour and pattern. I love the warm apricot of the kitchen, the fabulous pink silk curtains in the living room and the mix of antique suzani and antique Ikat textiles in the bedroom. It’s a dreamy holiday home –– “It feels like a new house with an old soul. We did it for just us,” says Deliss. “Something that felt true and right.”

flash flower

February 15, 2018

I love this scene created by New York flower bandit, Lewis Miller. You may have seen his floral installations before. This one was created for Valentine’s Day using pink carnations from Tory Burch’s Fall ’18 runway show. She brought in 14,000 of them –– just imagine it! And that piles of them made it to the street where anyone and everyone could enjoy them. What a beautiful way to spread the love.

Textile me

February 15, 2018

Textile designer, Lisa Fine draws inspiration from all over the world –– India, Egypt, China and France. When not travelling, the Mississippi native now calls Manhattan and Paris home. Take a look at her chic pied-à-terre, a veritable feast of colour and print. The bedroom is combination of Schiaparelli pink and dijon yellow –– always a winning mix. “I gravitate toward most any textile as long as I like it,” she says, “anything from embroideries to ikats, block prints to solids—I truly love them all.”



February 13, 2018

My friend and neighbour, the writer Kerry Clare, sent me a link to these fabulous interiors by American heiress, Gloria Venderbilt. She knows my taste for mixing and matching bold colours and prints, and these rooms take my maximalism to another stratosphere. I think you’ve got to have such chutzpah, such passion, and such abandon to decorate this way. I want to be invited to dinner party where our hostess has coordinated her outfit to match her table linens, and where the drapes are the same shade of pink as our raspberry sorbet. Fabulous, really.

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