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Big ginger dog

By now most of you would have read that Victoria's dog Cooper has passed away. Kim and I just wanted to add our condolences. These Cooper drawings are for you Victoria.

P.S. I did say big ginger dog but I think I went a bit orange in the watercolour department so here's an uncoloured Cooper.


If I was a retro room

I so want to be this wonderful retro room from the 60s. Sophisticated, silver and sleek with a chinoiserie twist and a Platner side table. But after a few too many white wines at lunch I think I need to be this dark soothing retro room from the 60s. Love them both by the way! Images scanned from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Vol 8, Greystone Press, New York, 1971.


Jo's place and the long boozy lunch

I am so excited. My Grant Featherston Numero chairs came back from the upholsterer. They are so retro fabulous in their houndstooth check that I could squeal. The union jack pillow you can find out about here. The busroll pillow is one of my own. The two Florence Broadhurst fabrics are for lampshades and a roman blind. OK, OK I had every intention of styling my office today and taking lots of photos but 2 of my girlfriends and their darling but dynamite daughters decided to come to lunch. So instead of hanging art and covering lampshades I helped demolish a couple of bottles of riesling over chicken caesar salad and fruit salad and meringues (lazy pavlova). Lovely afternoon but no work on the office. No batteries for the camera either as 3 year old decided that she wanted to take our portraits or rather photos of our knees and elbows. I promise I will try to take photos of the almost finished office next week.

On another front my etsy store is almost ready to go. Any day now. I'll being posting when it's ready to open its doors. Hope you all drop by!



Amy Leonard from design♔dna emailed us this week. "I'm just dropping a line to show you my latest light projects. They are all one of a kind, made mostly of found objects, and their inhabitants often do things that might be considered a little dangerous. Some contain a circuit that would theoretically work, were it not made of jewels and porcelain and gold filled chain, so each inhabitant takes a chance in participating. All dna♔light specimens are under glass and come with schematic." I love Amy's lights, so clever and so beautiful. Ephemeral and witty. Check out more at her blog. It's a great read. How to describe it? Amy does it best, "just a collection of people and things I find beautiful, inspirational or just wicked clever... "

I haven't resized the photos so click on them to truly see the detail. Beautiful work.


Lona Design

Katherine Newman founded her Toronto-based company Katherine Newman Design, and has a very interesting approach. She will only decorate a home that is jointly built by her partner Peter Cebulak, an architectural designer and builder. Her style is quite stately and far from my taste but I found the following photos to be beautiful nonetheless.

Through her design endeavours also came about Lona Design, a line of furniture designed by Katherine and Peter that is inspired by 18th century English furniture, oriental pieces, shaker style, and French and Danish furniture of the 30's and 40's. So elegantly understated and sophisticated. Now this is more like it!