Tag: Travel

Marrakech express

Yves Saint Laurent’s blue and yellow miracle garden Marrakech Express(ion) We’ve just enjoyed a whistlestop whirl around Marrakech. A tangle of Arabian, French and African culture, artisan craft and design that can’t fail to inspire and intrigue. After a couple of days alternately relaxing in

Decorating in the dark

Boutique hotels point the way to decorating in the dark. Decorating in the dark Why stay somewhere ordinary, when remarkable quirkiness you can talk about for years afterwards can be yours for those special nights on the town? Domestic decorators are rarely prepared to go

Bilbao flower tower

Jeff Koon’s cat is a blooming riot of colour Bilbao flower tower The North coast of Spain (24 hours away on the ferry from Portsmouth – dolphins, swimming pool, posh cabins…) is a heady mix of wild shoreline and concealed sandy coves dotted with quirky

Laid back stripes

The shock of handing over £6.50 each is quickly receding as we recline and soak up the sun from the super kitsch candy stripes of our rented seaside deck chairs. Towels, windbreaks, Jean Paul Gautier style sailor shirts, sticks of rock… stripes are everywhere. How

Going places!

Our GPS system decided to pack up on us the other day, just before we have to find a secluded holiday cottage in Devon which will be our retreat for the next week. So you can imagine my horror when my other half produced the

Holiday colour

Juicy sunshine shades to get you in the mood for holiday Holiday colour Work weary? Weather dreary? Kids desperate to end an interminable term? Get your head ready for holiday with a splash of hot climate colour – courtesy of mimosa, bougainvillea, lemon and all

New York, New York

New York – the decorator’s way! I’m just back from a fact-finding (watch this space!) inspirational visit to the Big Apple. Huge and humming with excitement, and so familiar from film and TV you’ll be excused for thinking you’re in the middle of a living

Hotel Negresco

Is this the most gorgeous hotel on the planet? Gloriously Nice I was lucky enough to be part of a very special birthday celebration in the most fabulous Hotel Negresco in Nice, a decadent temple of luxury, flamboyance and art. It sits like a gigantic

Little Greene – Paris showroom

A peek inside Little Greene’s new Paris showroom. Très Chic. Little Greene’s new Paris showroom Ooh la la! These shelves caught my eye. The colour boxes bring a wow factor to all too often ordinary shelves (for the kitchen, maybe?) especially with those lovely built-in

Painting with style – Haight

We tour the design shows and visit hippie heaven for inspiration Painting with style – loving The Haight in San Francisco Inspiration from San Francisco – The Haight-Ashbury district’s elaborately detailed 19th century multi-storey wood fronted houses were right at the centre of the 1960’s

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