Decor

parasol

May 19, 2017

Springtime cocktails are best enjoyed under a parasol. Sunbeam Jackie produces some of the best I’ve ever seen, made up of gorgeous fabrics from Liberty, William Morris, Barbara Brown, Marimekko and plenty more. The company was founded by artist couple Charlie and Katy Napier and their studio, a 12th century grain store, is based in Cornwall. It’s impossible to choose a favourite –– in fact I’d want a half a dozen of them, and a beautiful English garden large enough to accommodate them all.

into the blue

May 19, 2017

Just look at this dreamy hallway –– the aqua walls, the leafy trim around the doors, the mirror, the runner, the chair. It’s all so romantic. Of course, now I’m wondering about the rooms, and what the mirror might say if I talked to it.

 

cena

May 15, 2017

A room with honeycomb terracotta tiles and various shades of yellow is a lovely place to start. Bring vintage cutlery, large white candles, cream linen napkins, vino rosso and a huge ceramic bowl of spaghetti carbonara to the table, and the rest of the story just writes itself.

 

Maximalist

May 10, 2017

Forget the food, the feast is in the flowers and fabrics. With a table setting this magnificent, you could serve boiled eggs and your guests would be happy. I’m wild about the mismatched plates and table cloths, and all those flowers are simply divine. More is more –– don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

 

 

a room with a view

May 9, 2017

What a lovely kitchen this is –– the Farrow & Ball teal, (at least it looks like F&B) the herringbone floor, brass hardware and the double door glass windows. I like a kitchen where the appliances are hidden, and I always think of my friend Buket when I spot a sink window. “Dishes feel like less of a chore with a lovely view.” How right she is.

 

Anemone

April 21, 2017

These flower portraits by Steven Meisel are just so beautiful. They pay homage to Constance Spry, a famous British educator, florist and author. She created exquisitely grand arrangements for high society clients such as Cecil Beaton, and she did the flowers for the weddings of the Duke of Gloucester, princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, and for the coronation of the Queen. This is my favourite of Meisel’s homages, anemones that look like the prettiest and most delicate fried eggs.

Be Our Guest

April 20, 2017

With whimsical wallpapers, tiles and art, and a stuffed peacock in the living room, who wouldn’t want to live in this gorgeous 16th arrondissement apartment? I love the master bedroom, with its layered Berbers, Hermes blanket and petit fours pink walls. Just look at that darling flamingo wallpaper! The children’s rooms are an utter delight, and the tiled floors in the bathroom and kitchen just beg to be danced on. This home is too much fun.

 

 

 

 

Textile Me

April 19, 2017

Heather Chontos is an artist whose work I adore –– so much so, that we own a piece in three shades of pink. Her textiles have me really excited with their bold shapes and jubilant colours. I would love an antique chaise upholstered in any of her high wattage fabrics. Or a smattering of summer kaftans would be fabulous, too.

 

 

 

cucina

April 14, 2017

I think breakfast would taste better at this table. So would a late night serving of Italian eggs. I love the gigantic window, the soaring ceilings and the beautiful mix of materials in this kitchen. And yes, I can imagine many an interesting conversation taking place at that table.

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circus act

April 6, 2017

I walked through sunny Parkdale yesterday with a huge bolt of red and white stripey fabric under my arm. I got as far as Queen and Ossington before I hailed a taxi, lest I toppled over. The candy cane cotton is for curtains that I’m having made for the children’s bedroom; I see Victorian beach tents or the circus! This morning I stumbled upon the home of Dutch fashion designer Marie-Anne Oudejans and it gave me even more inspiration. All those tented daybeds are a dream. The apartment, on the ground floor of  the Narain Niwas Hotel, opens up onto a pool and leafy garden with tropical flowers, parrots and monkeys. It’s all so magical. Like the circus.

 

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