Friday, 29 October 2010


On the cusp of November and I am on the cusp of a cold. I know, I know. Chicken soup followed by fresh ginger with honey and lemon. Need a quick remedy as going to see my friend Lucy. We lost touch - I was one of her bridesmaids - and we both have no idea how we lost touch. We do know exactly how long it's been as she had a baby boy called William in the meantime! Looking forward to long and overdue catch up.

Have a fun weekend all.
(image via White Trash Beautiful- an excellent title!)


A running track through the building. Zaha Hadid's fantastic design for a Brixton school makes me want to go back to school and start running. I never thought I would ever write that as both are decidedly unappealing options!
(via Guardian)

Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth have just opened a sleek gallery on Saville Row. The gallery's inaugural exhibition showcases the late Louise Bourgeois's web of textiles.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


A Loire estuary look out point and retreat.
(via Handmade Charlotte)

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Paris vs NYC

A tally of two cities.
Please Mister Muratyan, tally London and Paris.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Desert Glamour

Tash is back after Joshua Tree/ Big Sur adventures. She has completed her next book, The Novel in the Viola. My friend is formidably prolific!
Catch up with a Postcard .


An average day in the kitchen. Grow plants or herbs upside down. And then chop some green peppers.
(Design Museum shop of whimsy)

Friday, 22 October 2010

Happy Weekend

We have one more week people until the clocks change. As many of you know, I am not exactly gracious when it comes to lack of sunlight. But I promise this year that I'll try not to hold my breath until spring and will attempt to embrace the winter. Duffle coats will make things a little easier! His and Hers
(image via sfgirlbybay)

Swing dancing

Choreographing You exhibition at the Hayward.
Yes, you become the exhibition. Perfect for people who rebel whenever they see the following sign: 'Please, don't touch the artwork'!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

For the desk space

A solid walnut masking tape dispenser and a paperweight?
(tinted mint via greedy girl)


Theo, my nephew, recently went to Washington DC to visit his American grandparents and thought the newspaper boxes were ovens! A lost in translation moment for a two year old.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Afternoon inspiration

A dramatic mobile by artist Atelier Xavier Veilhan. This reminds me of a Miro painting that David loves.(Via Seasaw)

Monday, 18 October 2010

Ann Patchett

I've been carrying Ann Patchett's excellent book, Bel Canto, around for a couple of weeks. She writes so carefully that I am reading at a hesitant,slow pace so I don't miss any of the beautiful prose.
I also can't get Ann's view of her home out of my mind.

I understand the world is full of spectacular things I’ve yet to see, but I can’t imagine any of them would satisfy me as deeply as this house, the casement window in the shower, the light pouring through the halls, or the ceiling in our bedroom, with its thin strips of pale wood that thrill me every morning when I open my eyes.

Graphic Design Matters

I desperately want to see this film about Swiss born graphic designer Herbert Matter.

Amsterdam *2

Laura's steep staircase and her choice of dresses for a dancing night out.

Lastly on Amsterdam, does anyone else love Chocomel?

Amsterdam *1

There were several reasons for this weekend's Amsterdam trip:
i) visit Laura who has just finished her PhD on Ned Kelly and cultural memory (yes, you read that correctly)
ii) cheer Liv who was set to run the marathon
iii) cheer Laura's brother's girlfriend who was also running the marathon
iv) go to a housewarming of a family friend who has recently renovated a house on Keizersgracht.
v) um not run the marathon.
(photos by Liv)

Thursday, 14 October 2010

St John Hotel

When I was 18, I suggested to a few friends that we become London tourists for a couple of days for a grand tour of everything touristy. All the places that you never go to because you live here. Take a look at the Crown Jewels and stay at a hostel clutching a Baedeker. I would make a slight amend aged nearly 30 to the hotel venue. St John Hotel opens on December 1st on the former site of Manzi's, a fish restaurant (with red checkered tablecloths)that my grandparents preferred when in town. The hotel invites you to Elevenses and an afternoon Little Bun Moment. I already love the sensibility of the place:

The rooms at the St John Hotel are designed to have everything the traveller needs and nothing that they do not.
There is no ‘hotel-confusion’ here. The lights switch on and off, the taps go from hot to cold and there’s more than a touch of glamour

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Golden paper mache bowls. Don't add liquid!
(via Lonny)

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Coffee + Book

McNally Jackson Bookshop cafe in New York

A scattering of books hangs precipitously from the ceiling, as if a pile of books had been thrown into the sky and frozen. The curved wall surrounding the seating area is covered in wallpaper made entirely of open spine books, the texture of the print adds a rippling effect of restless pages. Running along the wall is a series of folding single tables, carefully crafted to resemble a folded book when closed.

- Front Studio

Monday, 11 October 2010


slackline afternoon on the Heath. Yes, we hobbled along with shaky legs.

Me: Shouldn't it be more taut? (leg shaking)
Gus: That would make it a tautline.


Friday, 8 October 2010

Shauna Murray- artist, stylist and optimist


Shauna Murray's work is magically romantic. Every month she collaborates with a photographer to create an ode to the month.


Annoucing Ed McCann's architecture practice, MAPROJECTS. Ed has teamed up with Rashid Ali to launch a practice that has a holistic philosophy; architecture can improve the quality of life for individuals as well as the wider community. Their designs for art and residential projects always have a sublime element of surprise.
Jouberton Nursery, South Africa

Barn Conversion, Dorset


Trunk: Where men can find shirts, scarves and sturdy boots. And look sharp.
(as featured in Monocle)

House Inspiration #2

Sarah Berry wrote about Doherty Lynch's fresh kitchen design. Graphic geometric prints and coral paint. Gorgeous.
(via Design Files)

House Inspiration # 1

Mix mdf banquette seating + cushions and chairs around the dinner table.

Walk the line weekend

Liv is gathering friends on the heath this Sunday with her slackline 30th birthday present. Let's walk amongst the trees.
(image from Man on Wire)

Commuter walls

Lizzie Allen's hand screen printed wallpaper shows 'London City Gents' scanning the headlines whilst waiting for the 7.52am train from Waterloo. Lizzie has been commissioned by the Southbank Centre to design some celebratory Festival of Britain wallpaper to mark the 60th anniversary.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade is (temporarily) setting up house with her whimsical wears this Autumn at number 7 Henrietta Street, WC2.
Kate's designs make me imagine ladies in caramel twin-sets sucking on bonbons for some reason! Invest in her paper clip stationary set and catch up on your correspondence.
A decidedly grown up Pop Up.
October 13- mid November
(via Elle Decoration)

Friday, 1 October 2010


We are definitely in Autumn, just in case you hadn't noticed. I've had an umbrella* at my side all week and my friend wore her chestnut 'conker' boots to the workplace. In the spirit of hygge(a Danish word to describe coziness) here are some suggestions for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

//Jazz at Cafe Oto; "A raging, unabashedly free jazz trio that works".

//Make your own Saturday sandwich inspired by Forty-Sixth at Grace

//Check out the Story of London Festival

//Walk through the door of minimalism at the Design Museum

//Celebrate the re-opening of the UK's oldest cinema with a Sunday film.