Author Archives: Editor

In praise of Candle Power

A good friend of mine, married to a professional fireman, lives without candlelight. Indeed she lives in a house from which all forms of naked flame are exiled. Her husband has, somewhat sadly, seen too much melancholy evidence of what … Continue reading

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taking care of tapa cloth

Tapa cloth has always played a big role in New Zealand decorating due to its ready availability. Go back thirty years and there was barely a student flat in which someone didn’t have a large tapa (or at least a … Continue reading

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an oft-heard tale of silveriness

I keep telling myself that is it is time to move on and stop posting about items made of silver – their neglect, ridiculous cheapness and how to clean them.  The problem with this all-together sensible thinking, is that I … Continue reading

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The Balloon-back chair (1830-1850)

No other piece of furniture has had quite the same fall from grace among collectors as has the balloon back dining chair. Once the most highly sought after piece of colonial furniture – a set of ballon-backs, however pert, not … Continue reading

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On Lustreware Teapots

This is a piece called ‘English Silver Lustreware Teapots’ of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, I wrote it for another blog but thought Decor Extremus readers might also like it.  Lusterware is one of those materials desirable for its ability to … Continue reading

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Shine on Hester Bateman

Because I’m lucky enough to have birthday and Christmas close but not so close that the presents are combined, I have recently been on the receiving end of a few small silvery items gifted by thoughtful friends. Together they tell … Continue reading

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Interesting things with lamps

When I first moved into this house I really only occupied one room – now the Studio – which was then somewhat exposed to the street. This more so once we took out the aluminum joinery and put in enormous … Continue reading

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The secret power of RINSO

As the season of entertaining approached, it was becoming increasingly obvious that the family silver was getting itself into something of a state. Without an army of footmen to keep the silver clean, pieces were slowly descending into a certain … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Normie

I have always had an ambiguous relationship to Christmas cards. This may date from the competition I had with my best childhood friend about whose parents were most popular and she effortlessly won. Or it may have been those weird … Continue reading

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The Gloags – twenty five forever

I recently acquired a small book called Simple Furnishing and Arrangement (1921) by Helen & John Gloag. I’ve seen the Gloags’ books in second-hand bookshops over the years but I’ve never really bought them because they seemed a bit fusty. … Continue reading

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