be my guest

August 22, 2018

I like the idea of a spartan bedroom –– white walls and linens, no embellishments, and one very grand headboard. I have a fabulous piece of Uzbekistani fabric, and my plan is to one day have it made into an elaborate headboard. I also have a bolt of dark coral, floral fabric from S.M. Hexter that I bought at the Textile Museuem’s annual remnants sale for $10. That would make for a stunning headboard. And then there’s this gilded gem; children playing on the beach, sailboats at sea. Not bad for a guest room.

Red house

August 20, 2018

I came across the beautiful Red House today, a converted winery, in the village of Azeitao, south of Lisbon. The winery was built by the client’s grandparents at the beginning of the 20th century. Surrounding it is an orchard of orange trees that in the Spring give off the most beautiful scent. The stark minimalism of the interior is so unexpected. In fact, the whole project is in exciting contrast to its rustic Mediterranean surroundings.

here comes the bride

August 16, 2018

These are the kinds of sheets my grandmother would have appreciated –– richly patterned, scalloped and exquisitely soft. When my Mum got engaged, they flew to Madiera to choose her wedding linens, ivory, with butter yellow trim. Her initials, MM were embroidered into the sheets with the same pale yellow thread. My mother’s since given a full of set monogrammed linens to many a goddaughter and niece on the threshold of married life. It’s an old fashioned tradition, but a lovely one.

Souks me fine

August 9, 2018

Now, here’s a hotel room, I’d gladly trade time at the souks for. At the beautiful Riad de Tarabel in Marrakech, there’s nothing I don’t love here. The colourful berber, gilded mirror, romantic canopy bed, it’s all so gorgeous. Take a walk around the hotel — the tiles alone are worth the stay — and imagine yourself sipping mint tea in the lobby after a full day at the Medina. I know I am.

table of contents

August 2, 2018

I love this dining room table, it’s organic shape, that it’s neither a rectangle or a circle. I like the heaviness of its three legs. Of course, it helps that it’s in such good company. The chairs! The banquette! Oh, and that the surrounding room is just so damn lovely.

pink villa

August 1, 2018

Paola Angoletta’s home in a valley of the Veneto mountains is utterly charming. Maybe it’s the many shades of rose that pull me in, but I’m smitten. There are so many jaunty details –– copper pans, vibrant textiles, flowers and whimsical chandeliers –– throughout the house. Plus, a claw-foot tub and vintage beach chair is a winning combination.

into the forest

August 1, 2018

This beautiful bedroom, at Arniano, the Italian villa of interior designer Camilla Guinness, feels like you’re in an enchanted forest. Guinness collects textiles, and all the bed linens are sourced from antique shops and markets in Tuscany and beyond. Such simple, sinuous elegance in the iron bed frame. Have a gander around the rest of the house. It really is dreamy.

bleu to well done

July 27, 2018

Say yes, to Matisse blue kitchens, that standout in a sea of white ones. Vases full of hydrangeas are always a good idea, and great, great Uncle Edward will look dashing in a gilded, antique frame. Charming on charming, don’t you think?

room with a view

July 25, 2018

When you are staying somewhere this beautiful, you don’t need much out of a hotel room. This is fairly typical of Greek island hotels –– whitewashed walls, simple white linen, and a view of the sea. When we were in Syros in June, we happened upon a simple bed and breakfast right on Achladi Beach. There is a taverna ten steps away, and the bay is quiet and beautiful. I can’t think what else one might need.


July 20, 2018

If I ever make it to Nantucket, it’s this kind of chintz on chintz home that I’d love to stay at. Just look at those beautiful painted panels by Bob Christian. And the painted floor in the dining room, also by Christian. Hello canopy king in the master! And who doesn’t want to talk to wooden birds while they bathe?

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