Sunday, May 1, 2022

Travelling Light

 In the past few weeks we were lucky to have had picture-perfect weather with deep blue skies that provided a spectacular backdrop for all spring blossoms. The pocket square scarf I picked up when in London in March was a timely purchase,  its fresh blue and white CW turned it into a fabulous spring companion. 

The scarf’s motif is an adaptation of the "Travelling Light" fabric by British interior designer Kit Kemp for Christopher Farr Cloth. I first noticed the fabric in her Number Sixteen Hotel, which I discovered by chance on a trip to England in 2014 here. Ever since,  Kit Kemp's hotels have become my home-away-from-home in London, and I'd love to discover her NYC hotels one day, too. 

The thing I love most about her interiors is how abundantly she uses colour, fabrics and art, and how brilliantly all these elements are tied together. The resulting spaces are warm, happy and inviting, and yet calm, comfortable and soothing. So much attention is paid to detail, and you feel a real sense of harmony flowing through the rooms, which makes them such lovely spaces to come back to after a busy day out and about. Her many fabrics designs are featured throughout her London and New York hotels, and I think that it is just wonderful that some of them have been turned into scarves. 

Hope you like the new addition and the way it ties, and have a beautiful and happy remaining spring! 


1st row: Ascot, Bib and Cravat
2nd row: Gavroche Flower knot, Sautoir and Scarf necklace
3rd row: Asymmetrical Wrap, Slip knot and Afrique (a tutorial for the Afrique is on the list)

I posted the above collage on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and was thrilled that Kit Kemp had shared it on her Instagram stories, too:

In a Bib knot:

Slip knot:

This one I need to look into ... it happened while experimenting, and I have no idea how I did it. Will try and retrace the steps!

Ascot knot:

Bib knot encore

New knot ... Afrique (a tutorial is on my to-do list):

Slip knot:

Ascot knot modelled by Roley:


Travelling Light pocket square: available here

More Kit Kemp links
Blog: here
Instagram: here
Online shop: here
London hotels: here
New York hotels: here

Friday, March 18, 2022

Decoration progress

5% of all sales for the second half of March will be donated to humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine here).

Earlier this month I was in London, dipping my toes slowly into the idea of travelling. It was wonderful to have a reminder of how life was pre-pandemic, and hopefully we can all fully return to it soon. The chairs I've been eyeing for the showroom turned out to be as beautiful and comfortable as I'd imagined, and after finalising all the details there is nothing more to do but wait for them to be made (they will be featured on the blog of course).  

In the end, I didn't decide on either of the fabrics we discussed in a post a few months ago (here). The participation in the comment section was absolutely outstanding, thanks so much to all who voted and commented! The discussion carried over to Instagram and Facebook and while the final results among the blog readers produced a close tie between green and pink (23 for green, 10 for beige, and 20 for pink), the social media votes put pink far ahead with a total score of 185 votes (vs 103 votes for green). 

Like so many of you, I was torn between pink and green, so when I found  Kit Kemp's Hedgerow fabric for Andrew Martin (links at the bottom of the post) it was love at first sight: The Cerise colourway does not only combine pink and green but also has a blue accent colour as an added bonus. The drawings of dragons, tigers, unicorns and foxes under berry-bearing trees are by artist Melissa White, who I had the good fortune to meet at a Kit Kemp Design Thread workshop in London's Ham Yard Hotel last October (links at bottom). The collaboration between Kit Kemp and Melissa White has produced stunning fabrics, wallpapers and china, and I am so thrilled to cover my chairs in one of them.

The mythical creatures look as if they've hopped from the wall right onto the chair, don't you think? For the chairs, I decided on a carver (with arms and buttoned back and sides) with similar dimensions to the stand-in chair below.

With spring around the corner, I'm picking up on the pink and blue scheme and accessorizing jeans and a tweed jacket with a Les Plaisiers du Froid 90 Carré in a Bib knot

My long-awaited console and round meeting table have arrived in the meantime and I'm over the moon with them! I've had my eye on the console for many years, but never had a place for it. With the beautifully carved animals and leaf details, it could not be more perfect against the forest backdrop, and I think that it looks fabulous with the Hedgerow upholstery fabric too.

The blue gathered lampshades are by Fermoie. They appear a little bit too light in the picture,  but in real life, the colour is a fresh and happy medium blue. 

Console detail:

Variation ...  as in the first picture, but with a dark blue blazer instead of the pink jacket

I love the fabric and pattern of my new Fermoie lampshades so much that I decided to make inserts in the same design but in a light pink colour. I am so thrilled with how pretty they look! You can find out more about Fermoie's Rabanna fabric here  or click here to view the inserts

On walks with the dogs, I like to gather branches, flowers, and weeds ...  they make such lovely "bouquets". Here's a wintery one, but I'm already looking forward to the new versions that spring will bring.


The new showroom space used to be an empty barn where we parked our cars. It looks small in the picture, but it is really quite big. The wall that is under construction (straight ahead) divides the entrance from the new garage (now behind the wall). The narrow, vertical wall to the right is part of a lift cage where now the large mirror I featured on Instagram (here) will hang. The space to the left of the lift cage became the new powder room, featured here.

In case the picture above leaves you wondering how to access the new garage ...

Completed garage with clean walls exposing the old stones and a plug to charge the car, powered by solar.

Back to the entrance! It felt such huge progress to see the wall standing, insulated and plastered, ready for some wallpaper and paint.

Interiors are incredibly hard to photograph. There always seems to be light and shadow coming from the wrong directions, hereby distorting colours and shapes.  In the picture below the ceiling and surrounding walls seem light beige, whereas in reality, they are a saturated medium/dark brown colour. It was a very exciting moment to see the first panels of the panoramic wallpaper hung!

Furniture delivery

These gorgeous, tall table lamps were a find on a previous trip to England, and I love their organic, irregular form. 

Amélie (all my mannequins have names) seems to be very happy in her new surroundings wearing a Photo Finish 90 carré by Dimitri Rybaltchenko.

In the night-time picture (further above) the linen lampshades seem to work well ...  the atmosphere had contrast and interest. In daylight, however, the whole look has become a little bit bland and too much tone-on-tone:

A change of lampshades and flowers instantly created a warm, happy, and vibrant vibe. The power of colour and accessories applies to a room in the same way as to a wardrobe!

Links for the details mentioned today (not sponsored by or affiliated with)

Kit Kemp's Instagram (here), website (here) and shop (here)
Melissa White's Instagram (here) and website (here)
Fabric by Andrew Martin (Hedgerow Cerise) here
Console table by William Yeoward  (Godwyn) here
Lamps by Oka (Frond table lamp)  here
Lampshades by Fermoie (Rabanna Blue) here
Paint: Mouses' Back by Farrow and Ball here
Table by William Yeoward (Longwood, greyed oak)  here
Wallpaper: Italian Panoramic by IKSEL here
MaiTai Collection Rabanna bag inserts here

Another zero cost posy, courtesy of Mother Nature: