Category Archives: Art

Sovereign Light Café + Promenade Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex

Everybody’s Changing Someone should write a song about this place.

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Sinabro Battersea London + Lavender’s Blue

Le Dîner Gastronomique Chez Vous Remember ye anciente days of olde when we went to restaurants? Now restaurants come to us. Service? That’ll be a knock at the door. Carriages? That’ll be a walk down the bedroom corridor. A mere … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + Behind the Mask + Blood Sweat + Tears Collections

Hinterland Sound The fashion pictures. Urban chic in the country. Military cool in the city. Mary Martin wears versatility on her sleeve. “It was all very grand and very mad,” Nancy Mitford once purred.

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Mary Martin London + Behind the Mask Collection

Hugging at the Venice Ball Only Mary Martin London would conjure up haute couture hoodies with matching face masks in an increasingly byzantine world, introducing evanescent light into the Stygian darkness. Worthy of a Rizzoli monograph, Behind the Mask is … Continue reading

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Min Hogg + The Seaweed Collection of Wallpapers + Fabrics

Finding Material “It’s sort of feeble really,” says Min Hogg. “Open the property section of any newspaper and you’ll see page after page of boring beige interiors. I blame technology. People just want to switch on this and that but … Continue reading

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St Mary’s Cemetery Battersea London + Lavender’s Blue

Palm Sunday “We are Easter people.” Reverend Andy Rider of Christ Church Spitalfields

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Mary Martin London + Maryland

The Free State | Her Bright Materials Over numerous cups of coffee in her first floor kitchen, much laughter, and more than a few facetime calls with her numerous celebrity pals (putting the M into M People), the award winning … Continue reading

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Montalto House + Estate Ballynahinch Down

A Dawning of Clarity Upon Complexity Braving Storm Ciara, on a blustery photogenic winter’s day, architect John O’Connell and his client Managing Director David Wilson lead a two-to-two private tour of Montalto Estate: The Big House; The Carriage Rooms; and … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + Fashion Fusion Citation of Honour

Just Like That It is just an ordinary Wednesday night at Mary Martin’s. Poland’s top model Katie and fellow runway success Yasmin from Sierra Leone and Lebanon are swapping notes and tips and dresses and jewellery. Dring dring. The phone … Continue reading

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The House of Lavender’s Blue + Filmography

The Tapestry of Dawn “Your house is so cinematic!” Film Director Stephan Pierre Mitchell “This is a museum! When you wake up that’s how the house makes you feel.” Model Yasmin Jamaal “Creativity is creativity.” CEO Big Deal Films Dhanny … Continue reading

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St Paul + St Louis Church Paris

Nous Emmener à l’Église In the very heart of the village of St Paul in the very heart of the quartier of Le Marais in the very heart of the 4th Arrondisement in the very heart of Paris is St … Continue reading

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Gae Aulenti + Musée d’Orsay Paris

Comme Il Faut “I don’t like to dress alla moda,” said Gae Aulenti in 1971. “The moment it’s loudly announced that red is in fashion, I stop wearing red. I want to dress in green.” Gigi by Colette reads: “Everything … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Jardin des Tuileries Paris

Come on Gloria   And are you quite pleased to see the Jardin des Tuileries? As ever snappy, Nairn’s Paris states, “The eastern end, next to the Louvre, is a mini Versailles of formal planting: the western end, next to … Continue reading

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Paris + Rain

Elle Fait La Pluie et Le Beau Temps “The rain’s very important because that’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees.” Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

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Hôtel Charles V + St Paul Le Marais Paris

De Temps en Temps Continuing the bookending theme of a year well spent: Easter in George V, Christmas in Charles V. The former, westward upstream of Notre Dame; the latter, eastward downstream. One, extrovert art deco; the other, discreet Swedish … Continue reading

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