5 New Year Decor Resolutions for 2016

As I have been cooking, eating, drinking... and then cooking, eating and drinking some more over the last week, I have not had much time for any interiors dabbling.  Not that it is a bad thing, in fact it made me sit back and look at the house with a visitors eye.  I saw things … Continue reading 5 New Year Decor Resolutions for 2016


Planning Christmas table decorations

Yes, I am really a bit sad, I freely admit it!  I spent this afternoon messing about with the dining table, china, glasses, cutlery and so on, so as to plan upcoming Christmas entertaining in advance. We have 3 lunches to do over the Christmas period, including the biggie on Christmas Day, and rather than … Continue reading Planning Christmas table decorations

Marrakesh Moments 3 -Jardin Majorelle

No trip to Marrakesh is complete without a visit to these famed gardens, initially created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle, and then later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980 to save the gardens from redevelopment.  After Yves Saint Laurent's death in 2008, the gardens were donated by Pierre Bergé to … Continue reading Marrakesh Moments 3 -Jardin Majorelle

Christmas is a-coming…

Carol service dates are set, the turkey is ordered and the house is now officially dripping in decorations and lights. This year I have scaled down the excessive decorations that I normally get carried away with, especially adorning the stairs that wind up through the house, as it became quite tricky to find the handrail … Continue reading Christmas is a-coming…

Marrakesh Moments 2 – Carpets

When in Morocco... You cannot avoid the fact that there are a lot of carpets and rugs in this country...  They hang all over the souks in the Medina in Marrakesh, and each one seems different in pattern, colour and style.  I spent some time at one carpet shop where the sheer amount of carpets … Continue reading Marrakesh Moments 2 – Carpets

Stately Home Visit – Dyrham Park

Roll over Downton Abbey (aka Highclere)... today I visited Dyrham Park near Bath which is in the middle of a huge roof overhaul, and a rarity in that the National Trust lets the visitors see the conservation work which goes on in one of their properties. The Estate The house is set in 274 acres … Continue reading Stately Home Visit – Dyrham Park