Mood swings

I’ve got some nice-but-knackered woodwork in my hall – the cupboards under the stairs – which is crying out for some colour. Teal, I think. But a kind of dark teal. Or is it turquoise? It’s a colour that exists in my head but refuses to be pinned down when I confront the paint charts. You guessed it, My Friend, it’s time to make a mood board.

The Teal bird in this Charley Harper print is almost perfect. But then I look at my old Smythson diary, something I chopped out of an interiors mag and a couple of paint charts and they’re kind of perfect too. But totally different. By the way, I don’t mind admitting that the act of laying out all this stuff then taking the picture was possibly more satisfying than actually getting the job done.

The one thing I have worked out is that this colour looks amazing with pinks. I started to check out Abigail Ahern’s kitchen and my eye kept wondering over to the door handles in the picture next to it. So there you go, five minutes ago I was hunting for the perfect teal for my cupboards. Now I’m seeking pinks and corals to inspire the door knobs and the insides of the doors. And I’m seriously considering making another mood board.

Anatomy of a desk

Oh, My Friend, don’t get me started on obsessively grouping books for visual effect. I wrote the, er, yeah… It’s a subject I’m sure I’ll return to (and return to) but one of these micro book collections does make a passing appearance in what I was going to post about today, namely, my desk. I […]


I’ve got a cold, so today I’m writing from my perfectly mismatched bedlinen-ed bed. Oh yes, I too am onto that trend…But right now I’m thinking about books, specifically where to keep them. Check out this window display of a gallery and lending library in Rivington street. Doesn’t it make you want to block out […]

Toast candy stripe


Oh, I see you’re still sleeping on white sheets beneath a white duvet. Interesting choice. Who do you think you are, Kelly Hoppen? I have seen the future and it is…. Mismatched bedlinen. So rustic, so thrifty, so boho. I love it. These candy-stripe pillows are from Toast, and I covet them.     I […]


Dr Hook

Listen, I’ve got a brilliant idea for your hallway. Okay, I nicked it from a shop (Liberty, since you ask), but it’s still good and if you take from here, I can say I started a trend. Instead of hanging boring hooks so you have a place to put your parka (or your Autumn / […]