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The Magpie Eye : Mark Hearld

21st September 2021|

Mark Hearld is the busy, polygamous artist and maker whom I've long wanted to meet. He has made multiple marriages, to print-making and collage, drawing and painting, lino-cutting, ceramics, wallpaper and textile design, cut-outs and collecting, ...

Bridie Hall ‘At Home.’

27th December 2020|

Bridie Hall, artist-designer and co-founder of the amazing shop and homestore, Pentreath and Hall,  was born in New Zealand and ran away to seek her fortune in London twenty years ago, on finishing art school. ...

Charleston Farmhouse needs you.

12th August 2020|

The French call the little, personal and inconsequential anecdotes that are most revealing of life, les petites histoires. Charleston Farmhouse is full of them, signposts and memoranda of the lives of the illustrious, clever Bloomsbury Group ...

the bobt: a trip to the archives

8th April 2020|

To mark April's Renaissance, the bibleofbritishtaste presents new stories and themes. Some are being commissioned from generous and talented friends. But these are not them. Today's story is an amuse gueule from its archives of thousands ...

Shulbrede Priory near Lynchmere.

2nd April 2017|

On the borders of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, Shulbrede Priory is the surviving corner of the rather obscure religious house of Wlenchmere, founded at the end of the twelfth century and suppressed by Henry VIII in ...

The Way We Live, Now.

17th November 2014|

'Nothing much has happened to our house for about 20 years in terms of its look,' says Christina Moore. 'It's not designed although I guess when we first put it together it was. We moved in ...

Big Old House, Fen-land.

14th September 2014|

Richard and Patricia Hewlings live in the Fens, the district known as the Holy land of England. Their house is a flat-fronted, red brick farmhouse with a pretty Georgian doorcase, and an older wing jettying out ...

Mr. Dodd at home, 2 : Country.

3rd October 2013|

Local children nicknamed this seventeenth century folly 'Mustard-pot Hall.' It stands on the edge of a field in south-eastern England. ALAN DODD has lived here since the 1980s. I was a guest here one weekend about ...

More Spitalfields Life.

10th February 2013|

Eloise and Will Palin live in an old house in Spitalfields. It was built for a Hugenot silk weaver in 1717, one of the refugees from religious persecution in France who colonised the area then, and ...

Thames-side.

3rd February 2013|

A large family grew up in this early nineteenth century villa, standing close to the course of the Thames where it runs into London from the west. Most of these children have come of age but ...

Sue and David Gentleman.

21st January 2013|

The artist David Gentleman and his wife Sue have lived in the same north London house, in the hinterland  between Camden Market and Regent's Park, since 1971. I have never seen it untidy, it is always ...

In Camden Town.

31st December 2012|

This is the Camden Town desk from which the bible of british taste is published each week. There are many good things about living in NW1, but for years now all my old affection for the ...

Portabello interiors.

16th December 2012|

A tall stuccoed house in west London near the Portobello Road. The present owner has lived there since 1971 when the banister rail running from top to bottom was painted bright green, a colour favoured by ...

Virginia White at home.

12th November 2012|

Virginia White is an art collector who works as an interior designer. She is a brilliant colourist. She likes Kettles Yard and the St. Ives painters especially. The last room in this sequence belongs to her ...

The Anthony Shaw Collection.

17th September 2012|

Every surface on the lower floors of the small terraced house in which Anthony Shaw grew up used to display pieces from his collection. They were even on the kitchen worktops next to the toaster, but ...

Mr. Dodd at home, 1 : London.

21st March 2012|

ALAN DODD was born in Kent in 1942. He attended Ashford Grammar School, Maidstone College of Art (where David Hockney was one of his teachers) and then the Painting School at the Royal Academy. By the ...

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