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

Sanderson Sailboat

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

photo:  Stephen Blatt Associates

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

If Miss Havisham Had Gotten the Decorating Bug

Edgartown House

You all know how I love a good house tour.  Especially, now with the planned renovation on our house, I was not going to miss an opportunity to nose around some houses in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard.  Besides, my friend and I wanted an excuse to escape our children for a couple of hours. Edgartown was Read Post

Lavender House in Hampstead

Lavender House in Hampstead is an architectural and design delight.  It was designed by the renowned architectural firm of Paxton-Locher which had originally bought the site for a client.  When the client decided to relocate overseas, Richard Paxton and his business partner/fellow architect/wife, Heidi Locher decided to take on the project.  Unfortunately, Richard passed away Read Post

Designer Spotlight: Paula Gowar


I met Paula Gowar, the founder of Balance Design, on the Living etc House Tour when she was present for the open house of her own home.  Tall, slim and gorgeous, the former model-turned-designer has a beautiful home (and family).  Clearly she has a lot going for her, but she has worked hard for her Read Post