coffee & clay

November 23, 2017

I came across the work of Eny Lee Parker today, a 28-year-old designer and ceramist who is creating coffee tables out of glass and terracotta vases. To make the clay vase legs, Parker applies a clear glaze, sandblasts away the high gloss and then adds a coat of beeswax to richen the finished tone. “I wanted to use the potter’s wheel to create furniture, which was very ambitious, especially for the size of things that you have to throw,” she told the New York Times.

a loo of one’s own

November 22, 2017

I write about guest loos here often, mostly because it’s a small dream of mine to have one. I love the idea of a clean and classic decor, punctuated by an unexpectedly playful powder room. This one here is rich and sophisticated, and just the sort of safe haven I need when my house is brimming with children. Give me a glass of wine, and I’ll stay here all evening. Better yet, hand me the bottle.

Mighty Aphrodite

November 22, 2017

If a Greek goddess, say Artemis or Aphrodite, went to the Oscars, this is what she’d wear.  Lauren Hutton (at the Academy Awards in 1975)  in this rainbow goddess style Halston dress is pretty damn dreamy. The fur stole adds a wham of glamour. Not that this goddess ever needed it.

Textile me

November 17, 2017

Here’s my idea of winter whites. I love this look from Brooklyn based knitwear designer, Lauren Manoogian. It’s very Audrey Hepburn, no? Sustainable, minimal and ethically produced, Manoognian’s pieces blend effortlessly into any wardrobe. The capote coat is kind of perfect for layering, as is the gorgeously chunky beuys cardigan. My winter wish list just got longer.


November 16, 2017

Breathing life into dozens of bronze busts around Belgium, Geoffroy Mottart’s floral installations are a wonderful splash of colour and humour in the city. The artist has fashioned beards of carnations, fresias and daises, and fancy hairdos of hydrangeas, spray roses and orchids  for historical greats such as Victor Rousseau and Leopold II. Have a look — you’ll want one for your own noggin.


November 16, 2017

I know it’s just a vase a flowers, but what a difference it makes to the room. Flowers breath life and colour into a space –– and as we move into winter, I urge you all to buy them in abundance. I stuck little pink flowers in Acqua Panna bottles today, and my friend Jessica brought me an orchid, and my home instantly felt happier. Skip the gerbera daisies and tulips, and go for a single, full bodied hydrangea or a big bunch of bright orange chilli peppers.


November 13, 2017

I learned to swim in Bermuda, and I learned to ride a bike there. Many of my best childhood memories take place on the island. Bold encounters with Coral Beach waves; dodging crabs on my way home from the beach; ice cream sandwiches and maraschino cherries for tea; chicken à la king at my grandparent’s table. To go back there is always a walk down memory lane. Last week, I walked along the road that ran alongside my grandparent’s old cottage, where I learned to ride my white two-wheeler, and where I walked home everyday salty and sandy from the beach. It felt longer than I remember. So much felt different, in fact. My grandparent’s salmon pink house appeared less sunny and polished, and there were no land crabs scuttling in and out of the grass. The tropical foliage was wildly overgrown, and a trampoline stood where banana trees used to grow. That’s the thing about going back to places idealized by childhood –– they never feel the same. Places change, as do we. But Bermuda will always be a place I hold dear. Its where I learned to swim, where I learned to ride a bike, and where I turned 40, with the tree frogs all singing a familiar tune.

Room service

November 11, 2017

Frette sheets, a fireplace and enough room to dance the tango –– yes, this is my kind of hotel room. Well, I’m assuming this is a hotel room. Where else do you see tea for two and fresh Delphiniums sitting at a writer’s desk? I’m guessing we’re in India, Jaipur maybe. If anyone finds out, let me know. I’ll buy us the airline tickets.

Pleats, please

November 11, 2017

Oh yes, to pants with pleats that button up around your belly button! These trousers are kind of perfect, comfortable and sexy and perfect with flats and a simple white tee.


November 9, 2017

I haven’t had a bath in years. I do wash, just not in tubs. But if I were the bathing type, I’d be in this claw footed lovely as fast as you can say soap. This Japanese soaking tub looks quite heavenly, and I love the starkness of this one. I’d be rather happy splashing away in this gorgeous tub, too. All this tub talk is making want to have a bath. Be a doll, and pass the bubbles, won’t you.

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