London House Tours

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Today, I zipped on over to West London for exclusive access to some of Living Etc magazine’s favourite homes.  The home owners ranged from top stylists and creatives, to a bunch of very talented folk with a flair for modern interior design and style. This House Tour included 8 properties cherry-picked by the Living Etc team, […]

Hollywood Regency Style – Here to Stay?

Kelly Wearstler Viceroy Santa Monica

Jeff Andrews, winner of Best Residential Interior Design Award for California Home and Design Magazine, recently named Hollywood Regency as the interior trend he would like to see go away, or see ‘a lot less of’.  This has got me thinking, does this look have a shelf life or is it here to stay? The Hollywood […]

Testino’s earthy tones

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This is the Los Angeles home of photographer Mario Testino, that I discovered today on and just had to blog about it.  The rich and earthy colour palette, is not one I would be drawn to immediately, but Mario’s home is definitely inspiring me.  Absolutely tons of art, and I am loving the casual fitted seating / […]

Desert Envy, Modernism Week

Palm Springs Lifestyle

Today sees the kick off of the Annual Palm Springs Modernism Week which runs through to February 26.  This celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture features over 75 events including home tours, films, lectures, fashion, and swank receptions at locations rarely-seen by the public. As I sit here in my San Francisco condo, I am […]

New big pattern Ikats


It appears that our love affair with Ikat and tribal designs in rugs and textiles is still going strong in 2012. That’s according to the industry professionals at Las Vegas World Market. Showroom upon showroom, I saw a huge assortment of tribal and ikat inspired designs.  This time round though, the patterns had taken on […]

Time for a color blast


I have just returned from a crazy and inspirational couple of days at Las Vegas Market (as part of the blogging team) and wanted to share with you my findings. Unfortunately I didn’t get time to walk the entire 5 million square ft of showrooms, but of what I did see, what stood out immediately […]

‘Krush’ on resin lamps

yellow resin krush lamp

While running through the buildings at Las Vegas Market yesterday, I stumbled across these brand new and totally adorable cast resin lamps by Krush. I was informed that these wonderful silhouettes were inspired by the female form in all its loveliness. It’s no surprise they have such pretty names like Ami, Lea, Elle and Mina. […]

Ercol revamped by Love London

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There’s no stopping British photographer and design journalist Barbara Chandler.  What started out as a line of tea-towels featuring her London photography has grown into quite an impressive brand, notably with the launch of special edition Studio Couch from Ercol.  This iconic 1950’s sofa is revamped with digitally printed fabric using black and white photography […]

Missoni Home 2012

Missoni Home 2012 @ Maison&Objet, Paris via

Fresh new colours for the Missoni Home Spring / Summer 2012 collection were revealed at Maison & Objet in Paris last week.  Giant poufs, loungers, and bedding were on display in new collection Girandole  – a mix of bold geometric shapes, chevron, stripes and passion flowers.  This collection includes Noceda, a  kaleidoscope/pin wheel fabric, as seen on the […]

Trends & inspiration @Maison&Objet 2012

Trends and inspiration from Maison&Object 2012, Paris via

Its time to loosen up!  The world has become a tad serious and gloomy recently, and the trend visionaries at Maison&Objet were expressing the need for us all to lighten up, loosen up and stop taking ourselves so seriously. I have always been fascinated with how trend predictors analyse what’s happening in the world and […]

Maison&Objet, Paris


Whilst at Maison&Objet in Paris yesterday, I stopped by Cole and Son to take a peek at Albemarle, their brand new collection launched at the show.  What first caught my eye is Aldwych, a rococo style design in 6 colourways, including this one with white background and blue highlights. I have been looking for a […]

Color of the Year

Tangerine Tango

Fall might be over but the warm autumnal colours are here for longer. In particular, a zingy bright reddish-orange is dominating both the fashion and home accessories market this year following ‘Tangerine Tango’ Orange being named Pantone’s color of 2012. Just this morning I took a quick stroll to my local neighborhood coffee shop on […]

Typography in Interiors

Typography in interiors

Gone are the days when the only words seen on the walls of your home were the ones lovingly threaded by needlepoint from your favourite  Auntie and gifted to your mother.  Often a small round disk hanging near your entrance containing those very kitsch, but oh so loving words, ‘Home Sweet Home’. I am pleased […]

Design crush – beaded chandeliers

Oh how I love lighting…and lighting design is one of my favourite aspects of interior design – something to be considered at the outset of a new design or decorating project.   This week my design crush is the beaded chandelier.  And these little numbers are most definitely doing it for me.  Jewellery for the […]

Wreath Extravaganza


Who said wreaths should be made of foliage?  From shuttlecocks and lightbulbs, to paper doilies and industrial metal chains with padlocks, this bunch of wonderfully creative and non-traditional wreaths are most definitely inspiring me.  * Some of the wreaths shown here are one-off pieces produced by well known Interior Designers for the annual ‘Jingle & […]

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