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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

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.

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The power of wallpaper

I love using wallpaper to bring a space to life and add it owns personality, marrying the old with the new. On this project the wallpaper brought together the contemporary ikat fabric on the occasional chairs with the antique chest and the bold colour of the lampshades.READ MORE

Colour. Pattern. Texture.

Turquoise Dhurrie

I was so excited when I came across From Jaipur with Love and Elizabeth who sources the most beautifully hand crafted, 100% Indian Cotton Dhurries from Rajasthan. The palette of colours is heaven and never ending and nothing is too much. Made to my exact specification – size, colour, pattern and made lovingly by hand.READ MORE

Transitions In UX Design

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