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Autumn in the Air

hampstead heath

This week I took our dog for a walk in Hampstead Heath on a very misty morning.  The whole place felt surreal (and serene). With only the occasional dog walker passing us by, we felt we had the whole place to ourselves.  It was so incredibly quiet that it was […]

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 […]

Not Your Usual Trophy Head

miho deer head

I find taxidermy kind of creepy.  I don’t see the majesty or the artistry.  I just see some poor dead animal with doleful eyes permanently affixed to your wall. This squeamishness does present a problem if I were ever to have that dream ski chalet in the Alps.  (OK, technically it’s […]

Creating Balance with Anglepoise

paint splattered anglepoise

As part of the London Design Festival, I went to see the Creating Balance exhibit at the Speakeasy Expresso and Brew Bar in the Carnaby Street area of Central London.  You knew you were in the right place because a giant yellow Anglepoise greeted you on the street. Creating Balance […]

100% Design Around The World

The 100% Design show is one of the events where new products are launched during the London Design Festival, including the Glade pendant by James Smith Designs I mentioned earlier in the week.  The show remains open until September 21st at Earl’s Court London. I’ve picked out some cool new […]

Coming Soon, A Glade Near You

photo:  James Smith Designs

The fashionistas have had their turn, now it’s time for the interiors crowd!  London Design Festival officially started on Saturday September 15 and promises over 300 different events.  The London Design Festival is intended to promote London as the design capital of the world.  With so many great things to see, […]

Sunny Prospect Plantation

I’m so over the rain in London.  So over it, I tell you.  For this week’s ‘how does your garden grow’ post, I can’t muster up the enthusiasm to photograph yet more raindrops on roses (or raindrops on grasses, leaves or anything else).  Let’s escape to a happier time and […]

Light Up Your Life


It’s all change at the Heals’ lighting department.  Not only has the light section been revamped, but Heal’s are now selling their own brand lighting.  The new collection of lights is both decorative and functional – we’re talking win/win. 1.  Squint Limited for Heal’s small table lamp starting at £500 […]


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