Happy holidays and new year

Last post of the year from me and then a week off to recharge and work on all sorts of exciting projects. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads the blog and visits our stores and want to wish you all a very happy new year.

The latest issue of Grazia has just hit the newstands featuring my house decorated for the hols – so also a big thank you to Grazia the photographs look beautiful! Photographs taken by the fabulous Damien Russel.

Last minute tree ideas

Nigel Slater writes in such a way that you just want to move in with him ” there are church candles flickering in the fireplace, strings of ivy on the mantle and quinces in the fruit bowl. The tree is a picture, with its strings of white lights and old fashioned glass decorations. All the house needs now is the smell of mince pies  baking’. Wonderful I want to come round now – stuff thoughts of sunnier climes and swimming in a warm sea – winter is a beautiful season!

Haven’t finished decorating the house yet its been so frantic, still need to buy a couple more Christmas trees for the house so will  leave you with these two images of some simple yet beautiful creations from Martha Stewart, just in case you like me are a bit behind schedule.. Its hard to get the balance right between simple and  over the top but these two cut the mustard I think. The best bit that intoxicating smell of pine when you walk through the door – now I just need to bake some mince pies and hey ho suddenly I know longer need to move in with Nigel!

Indulgent Things

One of my new years resolutions  apart from (gym 2 hours a day, sit ups 1000 times a day – coffee down to 2 cups, wine – twice a week – yikes) is to start collecting photography. Having been a stylist for many years and hanging around photogs I have always loved the medium of photography and when peppered with art think it creates a really interesting collection.

I fell head over heels in love with the art in Val Garland’s pad (not only does she live in uber cool Borough market which I must digress to mention looks so fabulous at this time of year) but her art includes a fabulous amount of quirky photography.  One image in particular stole my heart , its by the photograph Zanna whose work I adore and its called Red Lips – image below. Sensual, playful and beyond fabulous  this would look so cool above my new chair! Hey ho – as the rolling stones once sung ‘ you can’t always get what you want” – never has a truer word been spoken.

I have just started to collect the work by the fabulous French photographer-JR image below. JR spent time in both Israel and Palestine and rather than focusing on the ever present divide highlighted fundamental human emotions. Israelis and Palestinians doing the same job – such as taxi drivers, teachers and cooks – crying, laughing, shouting and making faces demonstrating that art and laughter can challenge stereotypes.

Christmas tips and other matters

With four days to go (yikes) if you are short of a bit of inspiration for how to create some flair for your lair  for the holiday season check out the Times (see link) for some expert tips. They very sweetly included my ideas so thank you to the Times.

The Times – Design tips

Maudie and I have taken to thinking Father Christmas isn’t in too generous a mood – we sense he is feeling a little over worked poor thing so we have taken the matter into our own hands and have brought – Ta Da:

This is the showroom shot so ignore the cushion -  its 1930′s,  covered in tweed and velvet and you can’t see the buttons but they are fabulous! And yes we know that it was a bit of a splurge but we will love this chair until we are at least 90 and if it means we can’t eat for the whole month of January who cares!

Happy holidays