Gardening Flash Sale at Secret Sales

SECRETSALES.com Garden Shop 2

Spring has finally come to London! The daffodils are blooming and the days are becoming brighter.  I don’t know about you but I’m glad winter is over.  With the spring thaw, I always think of getting the garden ready and flowers planted to enjoy as much of summer outside of the house as I can. Read Post

40 Facts About Me

Rabindranath Tagore

For my second visit to The Hive next month, I have put together my #40Facts4TheHive. I came to London for a 2 year stint with my law firm 18 years ago. I have now lived in London longer than I have lived in New York. I lived in Japan for 2 years and loved it. Read Post

Float Like a Yanagi Butterfly Stool

Butterfly stool

I love the Yanagi butterfly stool which is considered a design classic.  Created by Japanese designer Sori Yanagi in 1954, the stool’s seat seems to flutter like a butterfly’s wings. The two identical L-shaped sides of the stool are screwed together in the middle using brass hardware.  The resulting shape is reminiscent of the red Read Post

The Painterly Effect 7 Ways

McGarva dishes

The painterly trend in interiors is showing no signs of abating. It combines the fashions for homespun crafts with artsy interiors.  Even if the items are mass-produced, you get the look of having unique items that you picked up in some artist’s garret on your travels around the world. These are my favourite seven painterly Read Post

Magic Doors To Spark The Imagination

fairy door

Those who don’t believe in magic will never believe it. – Roald Dahl Do you have children who believe in fairies and elves?  I’ve found the sweetest accessories if you are inclined to foster their imagination indoors.  When my children were younger, we made a whole fairy village in the garden.  Unfortunately, we could not Read Post

A Glamorous Mud Chandelier

Dassie Mud Chandelier

You wouldn’t think mud could be glamorous would you?  I usually associate mud with muddy boots, facials, wet dogs and Peppa Pig.  Now, though, I am convinced mud could be the coolest thing in interiors. I absolutely fell in love with this natural mud chandelier at the home show, Top Drawer, last month in London. Read Post

Marsala is Not Just for Cooking

marsala moodboard

The Pantone 2015 colour of the year, Marsala, leaves me feeling pretty ‘meh’.  Then again I think it is better than Radiant Orchid, the Pantone colour of the year for 2014, that I hated. According to Pantone, Marsala will be the dominant colour in home and fashion for 2015.  Marsala is a red-brown colour which Read Post

Eco-friendly Wrapping with Re-Wrapped

wrapped gifts

I am very conscious of the amount of wrapping paper we use in our family perhaps because Christmas and the twins’ birthday occur close to each other.  In the usual experience, wrapping paper is enjoyed for a short time and then disposed with quickly. The Scoop on Wrapping Paper According to the Recyclers Handbook, half Read Post

The New Serial Killer in Shoreditch

hot chocolate with lucky charms

I took a walk down memory lane last month with the new Cereal Killer Cafe that opened in trendy Shoreditch.  Although ‘retro cool’ for many of the young 20-somethings who were at the cafe, it took me back to my childhood! When did my childhood become retro?!  Ugh. I didn’t remember many of the cereals Read Post

Home With Suitcase Susie Ceramics

Koru Suitcase Susie Ceramics

I met Suitcase Susie at Home 2015 and immediately fell in love with her homeware designs referencing global cultures.  Her new collection has three different designs which are all very different from each other because they are inspired by different parts of the world. The brave designer of Suitcase Susie, Michelle Kent, actually let customers Read Post