Monthly Archives: April 2011

Garden helpers – Light Sussex style.

I’ve just realised that the new post sitting ready to go is another on the subject of painting – as that makes three (almost) in a row I thought you all deserved a rest – from my all too frequent … Continue reading

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The hole in the hedge

We have this week had the hedge cut. This is a landmark moment.  It’s the first time we’ve handed this task over to the professionals – it is as if our little hedge has finally matured into something that a … Continue reading

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Pursuing John Douglas Perrett.

The Perrett is certainly large (see Considering John Douglas Perrett). Propped up on an easel it dominates one side of Dunbar Sloane’s auction rooms. It’s early in the viewing and there aren’t many people in the room and so I … Continue reading

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Considering John Douglas Perrett

I have, for a while now, wanted to buy a large scale Victorian/Edwardian painting. Something vast. The problem of course is that they’re few and far between. Anything good has long been snapped up by the public art galleries and indifferent … Continue reading

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How to hang a European painting in a post-colonial world.

When designing our library I was looking to create a formal arrangement of Nineteenth century paintings, largely portraits, and this meant that I kept coming back to the idea of a picture rail. Not a piece of wooden beading positioned … Continue reading

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Moroccan Style after YSL

How does one do a Moorish-Moroccan interior after YSL? I ask the question as I am in the early design stages of a small bathroom and searching for a theme, or rather a style.  The theme of the last bathroom … Continue reading

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China Verses Made in China.

  This is the reason nobody wants these plates any more. It’s called washing up. Once upon a time people used to stand round after a meal and washing up proved the perfect time to conduct a lot of family … Continue reading

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