Travel

home and away

September 6, 2021

One of the things I love about travelling is coming home. There’s a growth that takes place when we’re away from home, a shift in perspective, that for a brief and beautiful moment both softens and sharpens the lens through which we see our everyday. When we return, we’re grateful for the comfort of our own bath towels. The handle on our favourite coffee mug feels sturdy and familiar. The street outside our window suddenly seems greener than it did when we last looked. We’re brimming with ideas, and the promise of new rhythms and routines. It’s fleeting this feeling, and we all know it. And so we cherish it.

estate

August 12, 2021

Little towns like the one pictured below are what summer dreams are made of. At least, my summer dreams. Mismatched sheets hanging from wrought iron balconies, fishing boats cluttering the port. I imagine walking barefoot from the beach to our pensione, washing sand out of my hair and then sitting on a balcony drinking cold white wine and watching old men playing Briscola in the square below.

around and around

July 13, 2021

The facade of the spa at Quinta Da Comporta.

Beautifully-crafted, original woodcut prints from Tugboat Printshop.

Tawny Chatmon’s multi-layered portraits.

Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s heavenly Oliveto garden.

The colour rich world of Ghanaian-born artist, Kojo Marfo.

Robert Montgomery’s stunning billboard poems, paintings, light pieces, fire poems and woodcuts.

around and around

June 15, 2021

Moroccan Bejmat tiles.

Johannes Nagel’s fearless ceramics.

Potato, courgette and feta pizza on a cauliflower base.

The secret paintings of Hilma af Klint.

A striking concrete home in Queensland.

 The beautifully restored Le Prince Haveli.

White shirts by the sea near Lake Vouliagmeni.

Sculpture by Mathieu Nab.

around and around

April 27, 2021

Kings of British jellies, BOMPAS & PARR.

The extraordinary home of AXEL VERVOORDT.

AGNES VARDA dressed as an ivy bush.

Summer florals by CHRISTIAN WIJNANTS.

JESSIE FRENCH’s algae based bioplasic vessels.

CECIL TOUCHON’s abstract collages.

CHARLES-ANTOINE CHAPPUIS’ vases made from reclaimed linens and yarns. (They can be turned upside down and hold water at both ends!)

say cheese

April 16, 2021

As a kid, I spent my Friday afternoons handpicking candy from glass jars at Wormley Wheelers in South Kensington. This local sweet shop –– home to all the penny sweets imaginable ––  was the high point of my week. Fast forward 35-years, and this gorgeous cheese shop would be my grown up version of Wormley Wheelers. With as many cheese varieties as Wormley’s had sweets, Formaje in Madrid, is a turophile’s paradiso. The Tablas de Quesos are so beautiful I’d frame one. And the shop itself –– designed by Cobalto Studio –– is breathtaking. Owner, Clara Diez calls herself a “cheese activist”; improving industry standards, and maintaining a positive impact on the community, and the environment, at large, are central to the company’s ethos. Every Friday may be a stretch, but worth a visit one day.

round and around we go

March 24, 2021

Have you ever seen a more fabulous kitchen? Villa Bagnan, Biarritz.

A restoration studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Photograph by Andrew Moore.

Elizabeth Lo follows three street dogs and the Syrian refugees they befriend in her Istanbul-based film, Stray.

The loveliest wedding cake.

Ali Macgraw in Love Story.

Tana Grisaille’s leafy wallpapers.

The surreal and vibrant world of painter, Ophelia Redpath.

Ingrid Bergman in Stromboli by Roberto Rosselini.

rock star

March 11, 2021

How amazing are these rock formations at Vermillion Cliff in Arizona. This image made me think of a Yorkshire pudding or croissants dusted with icing sugar. The thought of hiking through waves of coral rock and desert excites me no end. It’s definitely on my bucket list. Look out for me; I’ll be wearing the big straw hat.

Another roundup of buttons, boiled eggs, and woolly jumpers.

March 9, 2021

Writer and chef, BLANCHE VAUGHAN speaks movingly about her relationship with food.

Mustard sweaters and persimmon capes over at Spanish textile brand, Babaà.

LUCIE RIE’s beautiful wartime buttons.

DAVID RUMSEY’s amazing collection of maps.

JULIA BUSUTTIL NISHIMURA’s one pot chicken roast.

JANE THOMPOSON’s beautiful dog portraits.

The South kaibab trail (Grand Canyon) to Phantom Ranch.

around the world

February 2, 2021

Herewith, my first weekly roundup of some of the beautiful, curious and wonderful things that have caught my eye lately.

Freshly washed carpets laid to dry on a mountain near Tehran. Photograph by Thomas Abercrombie.

Christiane Spangsberg at work on her bold, Picasso inspired lithographs.

Multi-coloured houses in Qaqortoq, South Greenland. Photograph by Freddy Christensen.

This fabulous house in  Labastide-Villefranche, France. Just look at the al fresco bathroom!

Grete Andrea Kvaal’s delicate images of the transformation of the Germini flower.

Lichen on tree bark.

Tete-a-tete chairs by Warren McArthur (1930).

A woman hanging her laundry in Glencaple, Scotland. Photograph by Edwin Smith.

Sigourney Weaver’s pearl gloves.

And below, fish, lemons and crab claws at a market in Marrakech shot by husband and wife photography duo, Dylan and Jeni.

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