Sunday, 21 February 2016



retreat at goddards. / sfgirlbybay

Goddards was built by architect Edwin Lutyens and has a garden laid out by his friend and collaborator, Gertrude Jekyll. Goddards, with its bowling alley, is approached by deeply sunken lanes that are almost tunnels through the wooded landscape.

an english country winter | cookery + knitting + photography — local milk retreats
This retreat will embrace winter in the English countryside, frost kissed mornings and all. This creative slow living retreat in Surrey, England will celebrate all things cozy: tea time, rustic roasts, fires in the hearth, knitting, baking, ales & ciders at the pub, and, of course, the photography of it all. We'll be staying in a stately country home, the Landmark Trust's Goddard House, built in the early 1900's, complete with a wood burning fire place & an old skittle (bowling!) alley. Designed in the traditional Surrey style, it epitomizes the area, and will be the perfect back drop for days spent knitting, photographing, and building relationships both in the kitchen & around the table.

All with pallets!

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Top 10 tips for Elle Decoration UK.

vosgesparis: MEDIA | Top 10 tips for Elle Decoration UK
1 Start with a blank canvas.
Declutter to remove anything that doesn’t have a use or a personal meaning before decorating.

2 Embrace monochrome.
There are so many shades on the spectrum between these two colours. Grey-stained floorboards and naturally off-white rugs are a great combination.

3 Don’t take decorating too seriously.
If you want to paint a wall, just go for it. It can always be repainted.

4 Use repetition to bring balance to your home.
Laying the same floor throughout, for example, or displaying large and small
versions of the same lamp, will help to create a harmonious feel.

5 Decorate using details.
A well-stocked magazine rack or picture-ledge shelf full of colourful books will bring colour into a room. This way you can chop and change the decorations on
a small budget using what you already have.

6 Don’t buy everything new.
Make your home your own, wit flea-market finds or secondhand furniture. These things take on an unexpected quality when placed in different environments.

7 Create still life's of your most beloved treasures.
These could be objects that relate to each other, like a collection of old cameras or items organised by colour, shape and size (see p118).

8 Clear out your cupboards every season.
If an object has been hidden away for several months, it might be time to let it go.

9 Try to do-it-yourself even if you don’t think of yourself as handy.
You might find that you’re more capable than you think. When I wallpapered for the first time, I was actually good at it!

10 Leave electrics and plumbing to the professionals.
It’s always best to be on the safe side. A little money spent here might
prevent a serious problem in the future.

The fabulous studio.

Ikea. The hallway.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Dorset home.

Ben Pentreath’s inspiration blog.
Ben Pentreath is co-founder, with Bridie Hall, of Pentreath & Hall, one of London’s most distinctive interiors and decoration shops.
Ben Pentreath’s book English Decoration, published in 2011.

- Why I rent and would never buy -
I live, part of the time, in a village in Dorset (deep in the west of England) where no one owns their own home: an estate village, where every house is tenanted. The entire place consists of about 30 cottages and farmhouses. The smaller cottages are thatched, the larger houses are pure Regency; there is a beautiful lake by our landlord’s splendid Gothic-revival country pile, and a magical walled garden. The whole place could have been conceived by the artist Rex Whistler: it is a dream world.

- How marriage changed designer’s view of his own home decor -
Ben Pentreath, architectural designer to royalty, has a new husband (Charlie McCormick) with very different ideas about interiors.

- An English Garden for All Seasons - The New York Times
In Dorset, Charlie McCormick has created an embroidered tapestry of blooms that lasts well into fall.

- Ben Pentreath Inspiration blog

Saturday, 2 January 2016

A cottage in the Catskills.

Un cottage dans les Catskills | PLANETE DECO a homes world

The Catskills are a mountainous region north of New York and that is where Tara Mangini and Percy Brightthe brilliant duo of Jersey Ice Cream Co have renovated and decorated this cottage of the 19th century in the Hudson Valley.