Go Wild in the Country, Rusticating, with Luke Edward Hall
In 2019, artist-designers Luke Edward Hall and Duncan Campbell were looking for a place in the country, somewhere to plant a garden and have friends for the weekend. They found it here, at the Gloucestershire end of the Cotswolds where the ...
June 12th, 2021
Why we loved Laura Ashley, all over again.
Everyone helped with everything, loading the delivery vans with garments, then piling into the pub - the Aleppo Arms - at the end of a big production run. There were staff football matches with factory girls playing shop girls and the w...
February 7th, 2021
Seaweed, Smoking and Scale, the Importance Of : Molly Alexander remembers her great aunt, Min Hogg.
Feted as the inventor-founder-editor of The World of Interiors magazine, in later life Min Hogg reinvented herself as the proud designer of an exquisite range of seaweed pattern wallpapers. Professionally she was often fierce, but her private life wa...
May 7th, 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
S J Whitework's Design Heroes: Cecil Beaton, J.E.T. and Marthe Armitage.
I started trailing the designer Susanna White because of a lamp shade. It was a tall cone printed with 'Hunters,' the dashing repeat design of a man and woman on horseback drawn by her grandmother Joan Evelyn Thomson - aka J.E.T. 'Hunters' is entirel...
April 24th, 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
At home in West Dorset 2, Julia de Pauley.
I photographed my friend Julia de Pauley's house here a couple of years ago. It changes all the time. She was designing some belts under her pseudonym, 'shophound' but her perfectionism meant that things were never finished. There again in Septembe...
October 23rd, 2016
Peepshow in London E2, Simon Costin's Museum of British Folklore by Adam Richards Architects.
At Unit 1, Cremer Business Centre, 37 Cremer Street https://architecturediary.org/london/events/4970 there's a peepshow that you can visit for the RIBA London Open Studios / London Festival of Architecture this weekend.
June 6th, 2015
My friends Bridie Hall and Ben Pentreath are a decorative artist and an architect, both designers and interior designers who also keep an excellent shop, Pentreath and Hall. This week we are doing something together. It's called London : A Cabinet of...
October 30th, 2013
The hounds of spring.
'When the hounds of spring are on winter's traces...'Atalanta in Calydon, by Algernon Charles Swinburne.
Photography by Liz Neville, www.lizneville.com/
model, Flora Neville, grateful thanks to both.
vintage tweed coat by A...
May 23rd, 2013
A.N. Wilson's Wedgwood.
A.N.Wilson writes: I grew up in North Staffordshire, where my forebears had been potters since the end of the eighteenth century.
My brother Stephen and I sometimes look at our hands and think - we are the first men in our branch of the fami...
April 18th, 2013
The National Collection of dahlias.
Winter is icumen in fast, now, over the dahlia meadow at Varfell Farm, where they keep the national collection, blackening the edges of leaves and petals. Over 275 miles off from London, it is a comparatively modest operation, but this year they ...
October 25th, 2012
Barbour - Green is the colour.
Black Barbour jackets are on trend in Cobham, Crouch End and the Cotswolds. That's why you should stick to your old green one.
September 17th, 2012
Buck the Trend. Epitaph added, December 2014.
- and live happily ever after
Epitaph for a lovely house, a work of genius that was also a home, December 2014.