Autumn is Almost Here

Relax into The White Company's sumptuous new bedding ranges. 

Their clothing range focuses on fabrics with natural fibres and a focus on comfort.


Have a super comfy, love-filled weekend!

Wall Photo Art

A wall of photos in Ralph Lauren's home illustrates how colour photos, rather than the more commonplace black and white displays, can be used to great effect.  Keeping the same frame throughout creates a unified feel.

IMAGES & LINKS:  Elle Decor

Wow Extension

A stunning double-storey rear house extension frees up masses of indoor space and links smoothly into to the garden.  The architects were careful to respect the existing heritage cottage, keeping the size of the extension lower than the height of the original building and making sure it isn't visible from the road at the front of the property.


Recycled timber flooring and travertine stone floors set the scene for the restrained palette of natural materials used in the interior of this house in Sydney, Australia.   The use of wood provides a continuous link between the original and new part of the house which includes a stunning double-height northern window with timber screen-over and an adjacent interior double-height grasscloth wall.  

Designed by award-winning Tobias Partners

Time for Tea

Paperchase isn't just heaven for stationery lovers like me - I spotted these elegant, stylish tea cups and saucers in their Tottenham Court Road branch.  Tea anyone?


More things I love about London.....The National Gallery

Hundreds of the most famous and beautiful paintings in the world belong to the public and are available to view free in this superb building.  With more than 2000 paintings on show including Vermeer, Van Gogh, Picasso, Titian, Michelangelo, Holbein, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Degas and Leonardo da Vinci, it's a place I never tire of. 

More things I love about London........Heal's

Oooooh Heal's!  The legendary London store is celebrating its 200th birthday year.  Its window displays currently pay homage to 200 years of design classics and style ideas for the home.  Unfortunately, I couldn't photograph them that well due to reflection of the glass, but here's one I snapped up which I can share with you.  Birds have been everywhere in interiors for longer than I imagined and the trend is still going strong.

Happy 200th birthday Heal's

Things I Love About London

Beautiful architecture and stunning trees amidst a bustling city. 


 
 Perfectly preserved houses and...

 
red telephone boxes like these in Grosvenor Square. 

31 Love Letters

31 love letters are illuminated with designer, Ingo Maurer’s inspiring Zettel Z5 light.  The large stainless steel pendant sways quietly in the air, provoking the viewer to read one of the personal notes attached by fine wire or, hopefully to be aroused enough to jot their own affectionate words on one of the 49 blank sheets provided.

Last Chance Art

If you're in London this season don't miss the Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition which ends on 22 August.  The exhibition, which has been running for 242 years, is the world's largest open submission contemporary art exhibition.

This year's theme is "Raw" and includes over 11,000 entries created by up-and-coming as well as established artists in all media including painting, photography, printmaking, architecture, sculpture and film, with most works available for sale.

Royal Academy - Summer Exhibition

Have you been to London's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition yet?  Artist Stephen Chambers' works have a mysterious, almost mythical, atmospheric feel to them.
 
Before the Moon


The Leap

See more of the artist's work here

Flower Shops

I do love coming across pretty florists such as this one in Royal Opera Arcade, Piccadilly, London.
 

Curl Up in a Design Classic - the Womb Chair

You have to experience sitting in the Womb chair by Knoll to appreciate its supreme support and comfort.  It was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948.  Currently in the sale at Skandium, Marylebone High Street and also available at Selfridges, Oxford Street.  



A great chair for curling up to read a good book in.  Have an exquisitely comfortable, luxurious weekend!

Cavernous Creativity

Designer's Guild in Marylebone, London is a cavernous shop full of inspiring displays of colour.  It's uplifting to walk through creativity.  Walking around the various furniture shops in the area I was struck by the swing back to classic and 60s style furniture such as this turquoise coloured sofa and spindly legged coffee tables.  A real move away from the chunky styles of recent times.


Can the Cars and Switch to Boris Bikes

The new 'Boris' bicycle scheme has been launched in London town.  It's a fantastic idea, actioned by Mayor Boris Johnson.  Soon tourists and all will be able to jump on a bike and cycle across London and not just the 12,000 who have pre-registered to use them. 

Hot French Food at Marylebone

I thought I'd tempt your taste buds with more photos from Marylebone farmers' Sunday morning market.  Here's a small sample of the wonderful, aromatic hot food on offer.  It was about time this blog mentioned food - after all, it is one of life's greatest pleasures.


Marylebone Farmers' Market

The heady scent of lavender hits you as you walk through the farmers' market off Marylebone High Street (next to Waitrose supermarket).  Speciality cheeses, meat and all manner of delicious treats are on offer every Sunday morning, including raw, fresh food for you to prepare at home, and hot, tasty dishes with a distinct, ravishing French theme.