Monthly Archives: December 2011

Emile Zola and the thyme border.

I’ve talked before about how Gustave Caillebotte (1848 –1894), the French impressionist changed my attitude to Dahlias and how Beverly Nichols’ the English between-the-wars writer turned me onto Heliborous. Well this is another literary reference for the garden – this time … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls …

Merry Christmas – to all Decor Extremes followers from Peter and me. Now I ‘m not generally one for Christmas, although I must say I am settling into the rift this year – with excellent presents – the new Constance … Continue reading

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Avoiding Violet

In order to obey the household rule regarding the purchase of small paintings (no more it is decreed), I’ve been on the look out for larger Victorian paintings. These are few and far between.  What’s more I’ve discovered that we … Continue reading

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An Absurd Luxury

Luxury by its nature is absurd. It is excess – not what is needed – but what the heart cherishes and the mind daydreams about. The ‘plate room’ is Douglas and my luxury item in terms of the renovation of … Continue reading

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Enclosure but no closure

1. The builders are still here and what was a ‘nine to ten week job’ enters its 6th month and we wonder if there are going to be men in the house into the New Year. Don’t get me wrong, … Continue reading

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