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The Original Conspicuous Consumers


In honour of the 300th anniversary of the first King George  acceding to the British throne, the British Library is currently showing an exhibition entitled The Georgians Revealed, Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain. A fascinating exhibit which draws many parallels between Georgian times and the current day, […]

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 […]

Up and Away: Treehouse Beds

upper bunk

At Woonbeurs 2013, I absolutely loved this children’s room which was in a display home set up by Dutch magazine 101 Woonideeen.  Let’s look at the details which really make this styling worth stealing. The bunk bed is set up like a little treehouse.  With it’s weathered wood finish, it […]

Discovering RSC Costumes: In Stitches

lady anne costume

The RSC costume exhibit In Stitches is on display during the 2013/2014 season at Stratford-Upon-Avon.  In addition, during the showing of Richard II at the Barbican, some of the costumes in the exhibits were brought to London.  I can honestly say I had not given much thought to how much […]

Darling Dar Leone

dar leone baskets

Dar Leone is a London-based retailer with the strapline ‘global traveller style for the home’.  So, of course, I was immediately drawn to it becaue it ticks two of my favourite passions – home and travel.  It was set up by a fellow American lawyer who is also a Sierra […]

Noguchi and Not Exactly Belonging

red cube

I’ve always loved the work of Japanese-American sculptor, designer and landscape architect (1904-1988), Isamu Noguchi.  You are probably familiar with his most famous work, the Noguchi coffee table or the countless reproductions (thanks Ikea!) of his Akari light sculptures. He created a coffee table for the president of the Museum […]

Crossing into History


We spent Christmas Day doing something completely different.  We went to the 61st annual re-enactment of George Washington’s historical crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night in December 1776.  The area is now designated as Washington Crossing Historic Park. As every American school child knows, George Washington and his […]


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