Category Archives: inspiration

Hanging with Andrew McIntosh Patrick

  When I come back to the house I usually end up pulling out one of the books or magazines I have on the homes and collections of Andrew McIntosh Patrick.  It is my way of taking stock. It allows me … Continue reading

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Revisiting paint effects, theatrical and otherwise.

I recently acquired a suite of three elliptical Italianate landscape paintings. They were purchased primarily for their frames, which I mistakenly thought were circular – one of the perils of online purchasing but that is, as they say, another story. … Continue reading

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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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How to wallpaper with old book pages

Some time back we came across an old dictionary in a box lot at the local auction house – its cover was missing and it was in pieces but it had great illustrations and great (no longer used) words. There … Continue reading

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Woolen Upholstery Fringe

Lazy blogging? Perhaps? I just wanted to post these Victorian upholstery fringes from the collections held at Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery. Mostly because of their vibrant colour. They came into the collection decades ago and have been stored … Continue reading

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At the Club

An Edwardian gentleman – or at least those occupying the house of one time Edwardian gentleman artist/farmer – as we do – requires a club. Not a tennis club or bowling club but a gentleman’s club – in which one … Continue reading

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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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Courtyard Envy

Last weekend we ventured into the hills behind Napier. This is a zone that during all the time we’ve lived here we’ve never explored. We were lured by an open home – more than that – an open stately home of … Continue reading

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How to approach a dressing room

There is something robust and purposeful about this room that I admire. It is more than the architectural severity of the gloss-finished tongue and groove, the emphatic placement of the bank of windows, or the view through to the unquestionably … Continue reading

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Searching for Jasper Green

I have, over the years, got into the habit of buying myself little tokens, (paintings, expensive books, nice watches), to mark a special occasion, especially those that come with a cheque attached – an advance or a nice award. This … Continue reading

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