Bridie was sent to England by a family friend, the pop musician Alanna Currie who had made the same journey of discovery herself in 1977. Bridie's first job was in the tiny branch of the parfumier Penhaligon in Brook Street - 'I never got...
December 27th, 2020
A Magpie's Life, by Cath Kidson
I have always been an inveterate collector of stuff. I reckon it started when I was a small child with a trip to the white elephant stall at our local fete. I’d won the prize for the ‘Best Miniature Flower Arrangement’ and with the prize money ...
November 15th, 2020
Gavin Houghton, On Wallpaper, The World of Interiors, Painted Floors, Jack Russells - and Darren.
I found my house in Stockwell 20 years ago. It’s an early Victoria terraced house second from the end, with steps up to the apple green front door and a ground floor bay window on metal stilts.
May 3rd, 2020
On Moving House (for the Fourth Time) to half an Elizabethan House with a 'Jennifer Archer ' Kitchen - and hanging sill-length curtains...By Isabel Bannerman.
The bibleobritishtaste has asked what it is that one does turning to a new place and re-using all the leftovers for the fourth time in a lifetime .
April 30th, 2020
Humble Elegance: John Fowler’s creative response to troubled times, by Daniel Pieckielon Slowik
Arriving one Easter at Veere Grenney's scintillating house in Tangier, Gazebo, I was curious to know who the other guests were. A bedroom door was flung open and Daniel Slowik appeared, smiling beautifully beneath a Panama hat. After we left Sunday c...
April 26th, 2020
Peter Hone, Master-Plaster-Caster.
I've called on Peter Hone in his Notting Hill studio flat a few times recently
I was working in the zoo serving the fellows, Sir Solly Zuckerman and the man who was the Naked Ape man, what’s his name? Luncheon, and f...
January 6th, 2019
Old Albion, Ben Pentreath, Charlie McCormick and their Old Parsonage.
As some of you will know, architect and designer Ben Pentreath and plantsman, florist and collector Charlie McCormick live for most of the time in a small hamlet in West Dorset, although they have a London life as well. The dogs and their...
October 14th, 2018
David Bridgwater, his curious world.
David Bridgwater wrote to me a few weeks ago. He had read the art book that I published with Yale, Owning the Past, about the English collectors who scoured Italy, Greece and Turkey for antique sculptures in the eighteenth century and brought the...
June 25th, 2017
Blackpool Illuminations For Sale.
This enormous, circa 4 foot high Peacock head which lit up the sky on the Blackpool seafront for many years is now for sale with Malcolm Glickstein at : Relic Antiques, 133-135, Pancras Road, London, NW1 1UN, 100m from St. Pancras Station, tel. 07831...
September 28th, 2012
Dr. Feelgood theme birthday cake, tablecloth by David Hockney.
September 17th, 2012
Bombadier beer by Wells and Young at the Eagle Brewery Bedford and 20 Woodbines.