November 26, 2019

Coral table, Miro and Matisse, and a vase that looks like a pineapple. I love all the mismatched pottery on the 1950s sideboard, and that green picture wall is so rich and playful. Whitewashed floors always brighten a room, the more weathered the better.

dress code

November 23, 2019

Good golly, miss Molly, to think that there was a time when women dressed in floor length chiffon to go out to dinner. The last time I dined out, I wore wide flannel pants and a big wool jumper. I want someone to throw a dinner party that calls for gowns. Gowns with long gloves and decadent jewels. Maybe I’ll throw one myself. And serve takeaway sushi, or a large Carbonara.


November 21, 2019

I held a little pinch pot made by Hackney-based ceramicist, Ana Kerin the other day, and felt inspired to whip up some bowls of my own. They were small and wonky, with rims that looked unfinished. It was the imperfection, and the artist’s celebration of that imperfection, that I was drawn to. And yet, in my own attempts, I tinkered, smoothed and polished away all the lumps and bumps that I had so enjoyed in Kerin’s work. We’re so forgiving, embracing even, of another maker’s marks. Finger prints. Wonky rims. Scratchy signatures. But in our own work, we see flaws. Mistakes. Kerin’s style, confidence,  is one I aspire to. I’m on my way; practice makes more practice.

wool eye

November 21, 2019

I’m always on the hunt for good quality sweaters that I’ll love for years to come. I’ve worn the same steady rotation of winter woollies for years, a pink pom-pomed cardi being a favourite. I like these jumpers from Apiece Apart, and I can see classics like this cream cable knit in my wardrobe for a decade. I love the sleeves on this navy sweater, and this crochet one transitions nicely from winter to spring.

paper trail

November 19, 2019

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m bonkers about flowers. All flowers. I buy fresh blooms almost every week, and keep them ’till the last petals fall. Livia Cetti‘s glorious paper flowers –– hyacinths, roses and ranunculus –– have me thinking that it may not be a bad idea to invest in some more permanent blooms. Her creations are so beautiful and intricate, that they really could be the real thing. It’s such an art form, and the work is painstaking. “Everything is made entirely by hand, every leaf, every petal. There’s a lot of repetitive processes – dyeing, cutting, painting, folding and taping,” says Cetti, whose work adorns shops windows from John Derrian to Dior. Have a little wander around her Bronx home. The details –– flowers and so much more –– are delightful.

fertile ground

November 18, 2019

Fashion designer turned artist, Rogan Gregory makes furniture and lighting that is as sculptural as it is functional. Wood, bronze, concrete, marble, beach sand, alabaster, granite and semi-precious stones are among the materials he explores. His pendents –– womb like –– are breathtaking. And this one, made from gypsum, looks like another planet. I was taken by this film of REM’s Michael Stipe in conversation with Gregory. “The result isn’t the answer, it’s the process.” Much of his work takes place in and around his home in Amagansett, New York. It’s pretty beautiful to watch him handling rocks down at the beach. “The shapes are dictated by what the material is telling me to do,” says Rogan of the meditative state he achieves while making. Stripe ends with a thought about the 21st Century, and the vastness of material that we have at our disposal. “There’s so much to learn, and so much to know. You have to be very careful about what you want to look at and what you want to listen to. Because we all have finite time here.”

English palazzo

November 15, 2019

If you have a moment today, walk through Rose Uniacke’s exquisite home. “In the work that I do, I try to create a heart in every room,” says the interior designer. Soaring ceilings, enormous windows and a beautiful domed ceiling give the space a majesty –– “Venetian palazzo meets monastery” is how she describes it. “It’s a very happy house.” The director’s choice of music is quite moving, and renders the whole experience dream like.

face the music

November 15, 2019

This beautiful painting by Alexandre Benois, titled “the king walked in any weather” was just the jolt I needed this morning as I dressed for the elements. I’ve become a bit too fair-weather in recent years, opting for taxis and transit over facing the cold on foot. So, I’m stocking up on Uniqlo thermals, and making this the winter I walk in any weather.

in between

November 15, 2019

There’s something surreal about the merging of seasons, when one comes too early, or another stays too late. When the pigment of linden leaves has stained the snow chartreuse, and the black eyed susans are holding on for dear life. Similarly, late September heat waves always feel strange amidst a swirl of falling leaves. It’s strange and beautiful and unsettling, and a reminder that anything is possible, and that sometimes, surrendering to the surreal is all we can do.

Choco chaud

November 14, 2019

With ice cream season behind us, (not according to my trio, who would eat soft serve and ice lollies in a snowstorm) it’s now all about chocolat chaud. This recipe from Bon Appetit is super simple. The French give their children hot chocolate as a repas, likely served with fresh madelines and dried fruits. Minus the Medjool dates, I think my kids would be in French heaven.

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