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THE SCENTED HOME

I am obsessed with scent, maybe its because the M’s can sometimes be a little bit pongy but when I open the door to my pad I want to be encased not only in the most magical interior, but also the most magical smells.

YOUR GUIDE TO COLOUR CONFIDENCE

While taking risks with a bright or dark colour is second nature to me, I can appreciate how much of a daunting task it can be, especially if you’re used to living with white walls. Many people think if you have a smaller space, darker shades won’t work but this...

AUSTRALIA – WE ARE ON OUR WAY…

Gem and I are off to Oz this eve, via Hong Kong where we’re stopping over. We stay in a hotel in Admiralty and although the furnishings are not my cup of tea, its so super-comfortable and lux in an uptight kind of corporate way that we love it –...

Chair Talk & Flash Sale

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January’s Journal now LIVE

January’s Journal has just gone live – yay hay! (click here to see) Very proud of this one, hope you guys love it as much as I do. Oodles of things about styling bookcases, mantles and shelves. The low down on some decorating secrets, stuff on what we’re reading and...

Don’t try so hard

How is it Friday already, the days are whizzing by way too fast. Before we know it January will be out the door. It’s a working on the house weekend for moi by the end of Sunday I need to have both floors painted out in the studio and the...

Happy Christmas

A big end of year thank you to everyone who reads this blog. I get asked a lot ‘why get up so early just to write a blog’  but its you guys that make it so very worth while. Nothing makes me happier than hearing how people have dared to...

No fuss bar tending

It feels like the last days of term where its hard to concentrate on work  and you just want to finish and do all the fun stuff. I’m taking a little vacation (not literally regrettably). There is tons of food prep to do before the big day with visits to...

Lighten Up!

I saw the coolest play last night with two of my favourite boys at the National Theater called Emil and the Detectives. It’s a play for children and its magical.  Set in Berlin in 1929 the staging I thought was fabulous. Lots of black and white projections and video clips,...

Gift wrapping nailed

The Sunday Times, Style Magazine asked me to wrap a few gifts ‘Abigail style’ recently which they very beautifully featured in the mag on the weekend. If you missed it and are stuck for a bit of inspiration when it comes to wrapping then check out below. I’m not the...

Creating your own cocoon

A little bashed up this morning regrettably. Yesterday in the rain and despite a warning voice in my head about this being not such a good idea, I stood on a chair by the outdoor fireplace on a slippery terrace to tidy some foliage. Won’t take a sec thought I...

Some wise words

In the last few days I’ve been finishing off the January issue of the journal. In it are lots of styling and decorating tips from how to style a shelf like a pro to different ways with bookshelves. The thing is though you never want your space to look like...

Some more decorating rules to break

Morning I thought we should be a little rebellious this morning and break some decorating rules. Anyone who comes to my Design School knows just how much I love the breaking the rules segment! Rules constrict and constrain us so do away with them I say especially when you read things like...

Changing up the colour palette

Between Christmas and New Year we are doing a spot of painting. The house desperately needs a re paint and rather than painting over old colours I’m changing the whole palette up. Scary stuff no? Would be far easier to stick with what I know than to dabble into unknown...

Decorating with foliage

Is it too early to buy the Christmas trees do you think? I want real ones and wondering if the heating will dry them out. Its feeling so much like Christmas, the weather has gotten colder, I’ve got fires and candles in the studio, the light is so soft and heavenly...

Decorating with Portraits

I love portraits, the vintage kind the modern kind I guess because I am so drawn to that English country slash urban gentleman’s drinking club vibe I love particularly stately looking works of art, combined with bohemian pieces with maybe a bit of bad boy thrown in! I love how...