Hand-Drawn Indian Bottle


Here’s the bottle which I bought at House by Betty.  It is a simple Indian Kingfisher beer bottle transformed by a hand-drawn pattern. I have it on a window ledge together with a favourite quote from Robert Browning, a Victorian English poet.  

A Schwoerer Haus German Kit House Factory Visit

Schwoerer Haus Factory

Well, I finally got my factory visit organised at a date and time convenient for both Schwoerer and myself for the German kit house we are building. You get sent to the little town of Reutlingen outside of Stuttgart. Pretty much everyone in the are works for Schwoerer Haus.   The one (and only) accommodation 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

How To Create a Sinuous Contemporary Kitchen

breakfast bar

I find so many modern, minimal kitchens are just stark.  As nice as these kitchens are, I find them interchangeable and frankly, quite forgettable.  I was, however, really captivated by this Splinterworks kitchen recently completed in London. It’s got the usual London home dynamic – rooms that lead into each other with the garden at Read Post

The House That Got Away


Over the summer we were looking for another home on Martha’s Vineyard.  You know me, as soon as our summer house got finished I was onto my next project!  I absolutely fell in love with this house in the Chilmark area of Martha’s Vineyard.  It was built by a doctor and an artist who were Read Post

My Top 5 Pet Peeves in a House

greek pillars

In my recent post on buying a newly refurbished place, I mentioned that nothing was going to be exactly to your taste.  You need to assess how much you can live with and what any changes will cost. Here are my top 5 pet peeves as illustrated by a recent development that I visited. 1. Read Post

The World’s Most Expensive Homes

Image Credit:  The Pinnacist

I found this infographic on the top 10 most expensive homes in the world interesting for the random trivia it includes. I enjoyed reading it so much I looked up some of the houses for more random trivia.  Although Versailles in Florida when it is finished will be the largest family house in the United Read Post

A Subtle-Luxe London Flat

poggenpohl kitchen

Just in case you think I have a general disdain for property developers, I should clarify that you can get some really good developments.  What separates the good from the bad just comes down to the care given to the details and finish. I visited a new development on Saturday that I thought was really Read Post

Moody Decadent Bedrooms at Decorex 2014

four poster bed

The entrance to the Decorex 2014 show is always special and this year was no different.  Unlike last year when only one designer, Kit Kemp, inspired with her vision of The Silk Route, this year a handful of leading designers were tasked with the project of the entrance.  Different designers created vignettes based on each Read Post

Mid-Century Modern Style on a Budget


My favourite design-inspiration room set at Grand Designs last week was created by Maxine Brady, an interior stylist from Brighton.  Entitled “Inspiration for First Time Buyers”, she has perfectly created a style-conscious, budget-friendly look in a limited space.  The finished look relies heavily on the current trend fashion for mid-century modern furniture and Scandinavian style. Read Post