Half-term happiness in Scotland

‘The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most’ John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice.

Gleneagles, Scotland, AutumnHaving just jumped back on the train to London after a wonderful and restorative week in Scotland with the kiddies for their half term holiday, it seemed the perfect time to document our week.

Gleneagles, autumn, scotland, autumnal huesHaving grown up in Scotland I love being able to give my little people a tiny slice of my childhood and honestly what better time to go than the autumn. The light, the colours and the huge skies completely blew me away. READ MORE

Picasso Portraits.

Portraits of Olga Picasso

‘Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.READ MORE

September is the new January

‘I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that the real New Year doesn’t begin on 1 January but on 1 September.

September is a brilliant month because your skin is still glowing from the summer sun, the weather is gently creeping into lovely, bronzed autumn and you can begin making the transition into your winter wardrobe.

Technically, September always has been the New Year for me…..

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Colour

This weekend I spent most of my time enjoying the Affordable Art Fair, a wonderful annual event on our doorstep in Battersea Park. The fun is to be able to pop back everyday and see what catches my eye, not only do the exhibits change throughout the show but often I miss things on my first and or second or third visit! This year although there wasn’t anything I was desperate to hang on our walls there was a wonderful piece that did keep drawing in and I kept going back to, Autogenesis, 2016 by Jo Bradford represented by Eyestorm.

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“Ghastly good taste”

On Sunday morning I read a wonderful article by India Hicks and it very much appealed to me and below I have stolen some of her words as the perfect introduction to this blog…

‘John Betjeman wrote of “ghastly good taste” in the context of architecture, but the phrase has many useful applications.

The desire to ape French women (thin, unhappy and wondering who their husband’s shagging) falls into this category. So do those terrifying barren interiors – kitchen, notably – that we’re meant to admire: half hospital, half morgue, with zero evidence of any kind of living happening in them. This is the kind of taste that doesn’t trust itself, which means it’s no taste at all. Give me fridge magnets any day. And a battered sofa on which to drink fantastically vulgar, homemade cocktails’. India Knight in the Sunday Times Magazine.READ MORE