Take Me Away – Essaouira……….

This is where I’d definitely like to be this weekend…
The Madada Mogador in Essaouira.

Built right on the ramparts with sweeping sea views…

this restored merchants house with it’s sleekly smooth tadelakt walls and restrained colour palette could be just the place to wind down after a hard week.

With just the right amount…

I Spy – Statement Lighting……….

I seem to have been drawn to the surreal today.  We’ve had lampshades and chandeliers on this blog before but nothing quite like this…
First, Penelope Batley and her collection called Light Humour.  Enormous over-scaled glass and ceramic beads intended to add grandeur and suprise and a fairytale effect.

Now, while the earring…

Inspiration – The Colours of Spring……….

Inspired by this week’s sunshine and blossom…

…and blue skies and budding leaves…

Sources: Sunshine and Blossom 1.Bodie and Fou.2.3.5Debenhams.4.Amara.6WallpaperDirect.7.Dwell.8.Cushlab.9.Base Furnishings.10.John Lewis.
Sources: Blue Skies and Budding Leaves 1.i.e wallpaper.2.3.Designers Guild.4.John Lewis.5.Debenhams.6.Barker and Stonehouse.7.Lorna Syson.8.Tile Click.9.Debenhams.10.Art Republic.11.Debenhams.12.Heals.
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I Spy – Michelle Griffiths……….

I am always in awe of designers and artists who develop their own ways of using traditional techniques to create beautiful, contemporary works of art.

One such designer is Michelle Griffiths.  She uses Shibori to create these beautiful ethereal pieces.

Shibori is a Japanese term, from the verb root “shiboru” -…

House Tour – Converted Factory……….

Another little gem from 1st Option.
Now this apartment is a very good lesson in how to turn an old, industrial building, with all of it’s hard edges and vast spaces into a stunning and frankly glamorous home.

Lesson 1. Import even more over-sized architectural elements.  I’m assuming these iron gates are not…

Fabulous Fabrics and Wonderful Wallpapers……….

London Design Week did not disappoint.  A real highlight in the calender for anyone interested in fabrics and wallpaper and anything, well, design…  Chelsea Harbour was fragrant with the scent of hyacinths…the sun was intermittently shining through the domes…and all of the shops were displaying the best of their…

Postcards from Greenwich……….

A departure from my usual post today.
I had a great weekend relaxing with friends, and took the opportunity to get out in the spring sun.  And I just had to share…

Sometimes it’s good to get away from the usual routines and just let the day take you…

…and look at…

I Spy – Lee Broom……….

Yesterday, I finally got myself down to the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for the penultimate day of London Design Week.  After a mad rush round all the showrooms, ordering fabric and wallpaper samples in a mad frenzy, I settled down to witness Lee Broom in conversation with Michaelle Ogundehin, of…

Joy of Living……….

Last night I was very fortunate to attend the opening of the Joy of Living  at Somerset House.

100 new and established designers were asked to create a one-off artwork out of a single sheet of A4 graph paper in a bid to raise £50,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Centres.

Masterminded by Max…