Category Archives: Personal

Summer 2016


This summer has been a busy one. Since I last wrote here, the British — or half of them anyway — decided to leave the EU; rhetoric concerning refugees became increasingly toxic; a spate of terror attacks has left communities all over the world reeling; and Trump has made hundreds of gaffes, none of which seem to have dented his popularity with the tens of thousands disenchanted with mainstream politics in America.

Closer to home, I have moved house twice, signed off the final final final version of The Secret Lives of Colour, which will be published on October 20th (and can now be pre-ordered from Amazon), and started researching in earnest books two and three (I know! More on that in the books section when I can). So, I have dispensed with the monthly version of this for the moment and done an extra-long summer version of the many fascinating and unexpected things that I’ve come across, and three things by me at the bottom.

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June 2016


Hello from a not-so-sunny London

I’m back after a glorious week in Scotland where it was 22 degrees every day (see photo above). I don’t normally do plugs for places I’ve visited here but I’m going to make an exception for Corrie House B&B, run by Barrie and Joan. They were charming, their breakfasts were the stuff of dreams and they looked after us so well that all I want to do is hop on a plane and go straight back.

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The Secret Lives of Colour

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Here it is! The beautiful cover to “The Secret Lives of Colour”, which will be published by John Murray in October. For the princely sum of £20 you will learn about the brown that changed the way battles were fought, the white that was thought to protect against the plague and why the pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones insisted on giving a tube of paint a decent burial.

Hello, April



For spring: an experiment in the form of a monthly design round-up with an odd smattering of opinions and news thrown in. If you like it—or if you think it’s terrible and want to offer suggestions—let me know on Twitter on in the comments below. Enjoy!

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2013 – Assorted Highlights

2013Discovering Donna Leon (thank you Flora) and reading everything she’s ever written

Visits to Madrid, Austria, Stockholm, Mykonos, Guernsey, Tuscany, and Florence (again)

Developing a girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence

Getting a column of my own in Elle Decoration

Achieving this while helping my dad move

Speaking to Save the Children CEO Jasmine Whitbread, record-breaking rower Katherine Grainger, and award-winning architect Amanda Levete about their heroines

Seeing this well-dressed guy most days on my way to work

Giving in to full-on shoe and unaffordable designer clothing lust

There are a ton more of course: it’s been quite a year. Tonight I’m seeing it out in style with friends, I hope you all have fun evenings planned too – see you back here in 2014!


imageI’m in Florence for the weekend with my oldest friend Izzy, and this was the magical view from the top of the Duomo – after a heck of a lot of steps – that I just had to share. Have a great weekend everyone.


Have a Wonderful Weekend


Please let me first apologise for my lack of posts this week, I’ve been a little fried by so many fun projects – lots of pieces to write and I was a judge at the International Chocolate Awards, which was predictably awesome. I feel like I’ve barely had time to breathe let alone work on my blog, so sorry and I promise to get back to it properly next week…

In the mean time, what do you think about blunt fringes? I’ve got an appointment tomorrow and I’m thinking about trading in my usual side-swept bangs for something a little edgier, something a little more Rose Byrne-esque. What do you think: could I pull it off?

I could totally live in pajamas, could you?

Remember the Bic for her thing? Here’s Ellen’s take

Colourful Portuguese home

Iris Apfel vs Dazed

Cool gift for a camping fan

Design your own shoes? Um, YES!

Love this necklace

Bread and dripping? I’m very intrigued by this menu by Tom Sellers…

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