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

Round and Round an Oast House

Traveling through Sussex last week, I was struck by all the very pretty oast houses we saw.  You can spot an oast house by its distinctive conical roof.  Oast houses were used for drying hops which you needed to brew beer and ale.  The conical roofs had a couple of thin floors on which the Read Post

A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky

camel racing

I was asked about my favourite night’s sleep while travelling.  Recently, my hands-down favourite place to bunk down was the guest bedroom in my friend’s flat in Abu Dhabi.  The flat is part of the St. Regis Abu Dhabi located on the Corniche which has both a hotel and residential apartments.   Most, if not Read Post

My C.P. Hart Dream Bathroom in 3D

towel radiators

Remember the dream bathroom that I created a mood board for as part of a C.P. Hart bathroom challenge?  My dream bathroom would evoke the colours of a New England summer –  muted blues and greys of sun and sea, the translucet  whites and greens of sea glass, and the weathered brown and yellows of Read Post

The Silk Route


Have you ever had too much of a good thing?  I felt exhausted after London Design Week.  Now, that I have some distance from it, I’d like to revisit some of the shows I visited with renewed enthusiasm. Interior designer, Kit Kemp, was asked to design the entrance to the Decorex design fair  based on Read Post

10 Ideas To Steal from Dutch Design Show, Woonbeurs

paper flowers

You’d think I’d have had enough of design shows after London Design Festival wouldn’t you?  Nope, I’m still going strong.  Anyway, I was in Amsterdam over the weekend for a blogging event and lucky enough to get to Woonbeurs, a Dutch home decor show. The displays were simply fabulous.  I was blown away by the Scandi-chic Read Post

My Decorex Day

When I heard Decorex  had moved this year to a new venue that involved a tent pitched in Hyde Park near Bayswater, I was a little unsure what to expect.  I needn’t have worried.  Posh people know how to do tents. The Decorex show was beautiful.  All the exhibitors had gone to great lengths to adorn Read Post

Contemporary New England Coastal

Last we left our befuddled protagonist (me), I was knee-deep in macrame and dark brown furniture in Edgartown.  As ever, I turned to a trusted source of information – the bookstore. In my favourite Vineyard bookstore, A Bunch of Grapes, I found this gorgeous book, Martha’s Vineyard:  Contemporary Living by Keith Moskow and Robert Linn. It’s Read Post