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

“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

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse

Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse, at the Royal Academy of Arts was a feast for the eyes and the imagination. It is a wonderfully rich exhibition that certainly didn’t disappoint but most importantly reinforced the strength and influence between fine art and interiors. The colour palette across each painting is inspiring and surprisingly modern, for example from the greens to the pinks – a wonderful myriad of colours.

Monet_Matisse

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On top of the world

Incredible light, breathtaking scenery and plenty of exercise was the perfect tonic to reboot. Something about mountain air blows away the cobwebs and recharges the battery, giving me plenty of time to reflect and so much inspiration and energy to plan and focus on exciting new projects ahead.

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

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The city

Sometimes I find it impossible to put down on paper all my thoughts that run around my head while pounding the streets of London day after day. I love London and everything it has to offer but I am not sure why I find it so hard to put it it into words. First thing this morning I took the first shot on my way to work, incredible red sky.

Then later today while walking home, I stopped as I was crossing Battersea Bridge. Soaking up the view looking down the river towards Putney and watching the houseboats peacefully bobbing up and down ever so slightly and wondering what life would be like on the water. Normally I look towards Albert Bridge (still my favourite bridge in London) but on this occasion the light drew me the other direction and something about the photograph said so much more than words.

London at its best

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