Category Archives: Art

Lille Cathedral + The Basilica of Notre Dame de Ia Treille

Pointed Arches Circling the Globe Mid 19th century England saw a flowering of Gothic Revival architects: George Gilbert Scott, William Butterfield, William White and of course the Pugin dynasty. Across the Channel, things were pretty pointed too. At the dawn … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + The Irish Times + The Gloss

Russian Unorthodox Lavender’s Blue. A Vision | A Residence | A Blog. Our Gesamtkunstwerk. A decade of collecting and arranging. Irish country house attic style. So where better to celebrate in print than The Irish Times? Better again, The Gloss … Continue reading

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Pasaje Defensa San Telmo + Casa Pardo San Telmo

We Cry, We Laugh, We Seek, We Shop “Do you like Chopin?” goes the old joke. “Only in San Telmo,” we sardonically reply. Nobody does shabby chic better than the Porteños – except the Anglo Irish. But they’re another story … Continue reading

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Teatro Colón Buenos Aires + Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka

Linger for a Moment Ana María Martínez, Puerto Rico’s finest vocal export, is known for her dramatic performances. A few years ago, opera lovers at Glyndebourne were treated to rather more drama than they anticipated. The soprano, who was playing … Continue reading

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Cavanacor House + Cavanacor Gallery Donegal

Weathering Well An anaemic sun blurred against a bleached sky casts no shadows over the house or garden. Close the cast iron gates and the 10 acre estate folds in on itself. Set back from the coast, it’s a rural … Continue reading

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Trevor Newton + Dartmouth House Mayfair

The First September The new year really starts each autumn. As the first golden leaves fall, where is it possible to see The Wallace Collection, Sir John Soane’s Museum and a swathe of Parisian hôtels particuliers in one room? In … Continue reading

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Masterpiece London Preview 2017 + Iván Navarro

Defining Moments Everyone is here, every age is represented, from now to antiquity. The Oxford Dictionary needs to update its current definition of masterpiece: “a work of outstanding artistry, skill or workmanship”. Add an upper case M and it becomes, … Continue reading

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Drummonds Bathrooms + Chelsea Design Quarter Party

Summertime King’s Road Chelsea is bookended by kings of retail. At the Sloane end is Peter Jones, considered “the most civilised place in London” by Sir John Betjeman. At World’s End is Chelsea Design Quarter where Drummonds Bathrooms resigns supreme. … Continue reading

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William Laffan + Abbey Leix Book Launch

Holland Days Source Neither a Monday evening nor (apropos to an Irish shindig) drizzly weather could possibly dampen spirits. Not when it’s a party hosted by the dashing Sir David Davies and the lovely Lindy Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood last Marchioness of Dufferin … Continue reading

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Lee Broom + Wedgwood

Breakfast at Harrods Ever since he started pottering about in 1759, aged 29, Josiah Wedgwood’s surname has been synonymous with feats of clay. Just 11 years later the self proclaimed ‘Vase Maker General to the Universe’ wrote to his business … Continue reading

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