British made

June 4, 2018

Just look at the marvelous kitchen of British garden designer, Butter Wakefield, a total departure from the ultra modern one I posted Friday. I love the back wall of vintage plates, botanical drawings and bud vases. What a lovely place to nosh on ham and cheese croissants and country breads slathered in jam.  Have a walk around the whole house –– so charming, so colourful, so English.

j’adore decor

June 1, 2018

I really like the work of Aussie interior design duo, Juliette Arent and Sarah Jane Pyke. Their spaces are warm, eclectic and colour rich. Look at The Alex Hotel in Perth –– it’s one quirky, colourful detail after another. All the brass, warm wood and bright white at Curational House is stunning. And I’m in love with the kitchen over at Treetop House.

retro, baby

June 1, 2018

It was this brick velvet armchair that drew me in. But there are plenty of pieces at Les Eines, a Barcelona based store specializing in vintage decor from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, that I’d happily live with. From offbeat tables and chairs, to quirky teapots, trays and vases, the owner, Giorgia Righetti clearly has great taste. Have a look around. You may be needing a new chair or two.



Swedish made

May 25, 2018

Here’s to checkerboard floors, gingham curtains and fresh basil in handmade pots. I love this little Swedish kitchen, so charming and bright. The wallpaper, with its palm trees and sailboats is pure holiday.


May 23, 2018

Look at this beautiful bedroom suite designed by L.A. decor wizard, Mark D. Sykes. From the chinoiserie wallpaper to the tented ceiling, it’s all so rich and sumptuous. The linens, with their perfect scalloped edges, are divine. So are the Vladimir Kanevsky porcelain flowers. I’ll stay for a day or two, if I must.

chaise athena

May 18, 2018

A pink chaise is a little dream of mine, and this one is pretty much perfection. I think I’d dress for the occasion, in a vintage kimono or a pair of high thread count pajamas, perhaps. And I’d need a stack of beautiful magazines, and a mint julep in a coupe. Can’t you picture it all?

Pink palace

May 9, 2018

It’s not everyone’s idea of heaven, but to live in a hotel sounds like a angels singing in my ears. If there’s a hotel that I would choose as my permanent address, it would be the Sujan Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur. It was built in 1729 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II as a getaway for his wife. Both the Queen of England and Jackie Kennedy have been guests. More recently it’s been through a major redesign with interior designer, Adil Ahmad at the helm. Anyone who knows me just a little bit will see why the decor makes my hearts swoon. Pink chaises, whimsical fabrics and chandeliers befitting a palace. Take a look around. I’ll send you a postcard when I get there.

four posts

April 30, 2018

It’s been said that Louis XIV had 413 four posters –– “the bed of kings, and the king of beds.” Well, these days they’re making a comeback, returning as a minimal version of their once opulent selves. As a child I had the posts, (lucky, me) but no drapes to play hide and seek behind. So, if I ever have a four poster bed again, I’d go the whole way, with a romantic canopy (circus fabric, perhaps) and decadent wood posts.


April 28, 2018

It was my friend Stephanie who inspired me to bring Eucalyptus leaves into the home. Last time we visited her and her family in New York, I noticed a large glass pitcher stuffed full of tall Eucalyptus branches on the dining room table. What a simple way to bring colour and texture (and scent) into a room. They’re not expensive, and they last for weeks. Even dry they look great. I buy them often now, and plonk them in vessels all over the house.

red stripe

April 26, 2018

I’m a sucker for stripes, I really am, and red and white ones are hard to beat. Maybe it’s because I think of the circus, or a Punch and Judy show, but I can’t help but smile when I see them. This little nook is calling my name. I like the whimsy of the stripe next to the formal of the painting. Who’s he writing to?


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