Travel

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.

earth & water

August 7, 2020

Here, at Hotel Mezzatorre in southern Italy, is one of my favourite palettes; various shades of terracotta, stone and sea blue. These are the colours I grew up with, so my draw to them is innate. Of course, if I were being super particular, I’d plant a heap of pink bougainvillea in the pot.

to the boat house

May 5, 2020

I came across this gorgeous boat house just minutes from the shore of Sydney’s Palm Beach today. It’s the perfect hideaway, and so much cooler than any souped up yacht. I love the idea of a floating house, hopping in a row boat to go to the market. Forget showers. I’d take salty baths, daily.

sicilia

March 3, 2020

This room is too beautiful to not share; the weathered, fresco-ed walls, the beautiful tile and kilims, and that chandelier that looks like it landed here from another planet. I love all the delicate details, lemons and baby’s breath at the vanity, and the floppy white tulips on the bench. I’ve never been to Sicily, but I’d be quite happy camping out at a palazzo like this one for a day or two.

home for the holiday

October 9, 2019

Good golly, look at this holiday home in Menorca! The tiles, the tiles, the tiles! I love all the curves in the ceilings, and the palette throughout –– dusty rose, rusts and moody blues –– is beautiful. There’s a pottery studio on the property, and a petanque pitch, too. Pine trees and hammocks are in abundance.

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