Thursday, December 27, 2012

Walnuts Farm

Beautiful Walnuts Farm consists of a traditional Wealden farmhouse built around 1800, with a separate two-storey granary outbuilding. Set in 5 acres of gardens, meadows and woodland, it is available for location shoots...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


I feel very remiss in not having wished all a wonderful holiday season. Heat-wave aside, we have had a lovely time here in Cape Town, gorging way too much, but relishing time spent with family...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Double Take

What an original array of objets lining this particular entry...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Massimo Listri

Using natural light where possible, photographer Massimo Listri has perfectly captured what can only be described as the most exquisite interiors in the world. In his own words:

My photography is an expression of tranquility and silence in this chaotic society - a sense of perspective and equilibrium. This is therapy for the soul. Every time I take a photo is like the first time a treasure is revealed, a first emotion, be it an empty room or the greatest treasures of the Vatican...

Self Portrait

Castello di Pierrefonds, France, 1995

Biblioteca di Michelozzo a S. Marco, Firenze, 2009

Palazzo Martelli, Firenze, 2008

Biblioteca di Weimar, Germany, 1997

Biblioteca del Abbazia di Kremsmunster, Germany, 1994

Palazzo Reale III, Stockholm, 1998

Lapidario di Palazzo Mozzi Bardini, Firenze, 2009

Palazzo Altemps, Roma, 1998

Castello di Aglie I, Piemonte, 2007

Cappelle Medicee, Firenze, 2008

Reggia di Venaria I, Piemonte 2007
Read and see more here

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


The whimsical sketches of French artist and poet, LP Promenheur...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Life of a Cat


Photo by Philippa Berrington-Blew

Monday, December 17, 2012


Giant, sculptural branches placed in urns make great alternatives to a traditional Christmas tree. Adding a few artfully arranged mercury glass balls would do the trick beautifully...

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Oeil de Boeuf

One of the many beautiful images from The New Eighteenth-Century Home - a book by Michèle Lalande and photographed by Gilles Trillard...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Homestore Hastings

Not too long ago, I wrote about the Homestore Kitchen here - beautiful gleaming subway tile and an utterly covetable kitchen. I am even more enamoured with the home emporium created by Alistair Hendy. With reclamation as a mantra, Homestore Hastings in East Sussex is a mecca of simple, utilitarian beauty. In Hendy's words:

I am not an ornament person," he says. "I like practical things, such as scissors, brushes, and string. My mum was a collector, and my grandfather — well, his life was held up by string; bailer’s twine held his coat together. It’s in my blood...

Images via here and quote from here

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Certosa di San Martino

Founded as a Carthusian monastery in the 14th century, and restored to Neapolitan baroque style in the 17th century, the Certosa di San Martino is currently a museum in Naples, Italy. The sheer meticulousness in the abundant details is astounding...

And how amazing are the marble skull sculptures...

Via herehere, here and here

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rik Storms

'Authenticity' and a 'deep respect for tradition' are the chief criteria important to Rik Storms in his constant search for the most beautiful architectural salvage, which he then employs in the creation of timeless, classic interiors...

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