Posts from December 2021

Oh, Christmas tree

December 9, 2021

This year, our Christmas tree is ridiculously big. Come to think of it, it was ridiculously big last year, too. The idea of plonking a Fraser Fir in the middle of one’s house is so bizarre, we may as well embrace the crazy, and go all out. That’s my view, anyway. Until I am wrestling with the lights, sweeping up one million needles, and crying over smashed ornaments again. It isn’t Christmas without a few major (adult) tantrums. It isn’t Christmas if I haven’t muttered under my breath that we’re sticking branches in a vase next year. I’m not quite sure why I do it on this scale –– is it nostalgia? fantasy? an overachiever complex? –– but I know that once Big Bertha is up, baubles on every bough, she is a sight to behold. We live in a narrow Victorian in south Annex, and our tree belongs at the White House. And I bet my turkey dinner that our topper is better.

around and around

December 8, 2021

Singaporean-British sculptor and printmaker, Kim Lim’s stone sculpture.

Alain Laboile‘s intimate photographs of six siblings “at the edge of the world” in rural France.

No. 3, 1967, Mark Rothko

A cloudy sky by Eduardo de Martino.

Caroline Barty’s roast potatoes.

Organic cotton Hunant sheets.

match and mix

December 7, 2021

If there was ever any doubt about filling a room with furniture from every decade, just look at decorator, Nicky Haslam’s beautifully cozy parlour. With pieces sourced from local auctions and markets, his Costwold’s home is an ode to eclecticism. The blinds are ‘Shutter Stripe’ from his Random Harvest collection for Turnell & Gigon, and the sofa and antique chair are adorned with cushions fashioned from remnants of French floral linen. I love the mix of fancy fringe, wicker and wood. “The point of decorating is to make those who are in it look prettier and feel more at ease,” says Haslam. “A room should make you want to smile without knowing it as you enter.”


December 1, 2021

Brian de Graft says his artworks are “celebrations of life.” Think colourful, spontaneous scribbles of flowers, fruits, dogs and bumble bees. Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly and Henri Matisse are all influences on this young German artist’s work. I’m a sucker for blue and white, but this vibrant bunch of blooms in a vase is pretty darn perfect.

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