Monthly Archives: June 2012

the colour blue

A palette of blues from a recent Elle (UK) magazine…relevant to us because we lacquered three beautiful old shanxi cabinets in shades of blue like some of these when we were in China in April and they are now nearly … Continue reading

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elemental

No time for cluttery frippery ! A walnut altar table like this with spare but rich form is just about all a good room needs to distinguish it. Then you can add comfort food. Voila. bon jour

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inner sanctums

I took this photo inside a reconstructed house in China last year.  It was hastily thrown together I think but the materials were truly beautiful – such intricate work creating the spaces, brilliantly decorating them but subtley . We have screens in … Continue reading

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minimalism re-visited

Reading a fairly old design book today (Interiors, published 1988) I picked up this idea : minimalism does not have to mean modernism.  I concur.  Observe : you can use antiques and create an interior space that is at once rich and … Continue reading

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au natural

Our next shipment is steaming towards us and in it are 4 large elmwood dining tables we’ve put together out of very old village doors, and they have something of the rustic, hand-hewn character of the one above.   Can’t … Continue reading

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petit sale

We are doing something we don’t often do – putting a few things on sale – a petit sale because it’s these gorgeous  bright suzani + all our cushions – velvets , silks  + cottons.  Put it down to the … Continue reading

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a plain roomy building…

….is how William Morris’ birthplace has been described by one of his biographer’s.  At Walthamstow when that was still a semi-rural idyll, it had a large garden, and while it was not grand, it was decidedly a ‘gentleman’s residence’.  The family … Continue reading

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the quiet before the storm

But, it  cometh, and it did yesterday, and will again tonight they say, hailing and raging  for hours. They say.  On Sunday the sea was still staying its hand. With the wind getting up we got off the mole quite … Continue reading

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beautiful, useful….

….and true.  That’s a variation on William Morris’ noble dictum.  I read it somewhere recently but remember not where, so I cannot do the intellectually correct thing and accredit it.  For your information it’s a quite big carpet created from the remnants … Continue reading

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no justice !

It’s nigh on impossible for us to do justice to our patchwork carpets.  They are big !  They take up too much room in a crowded shop to lay out and photograph completely.  They are heavy and wide so some … Continue reading

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