Category Archives: OOT AND ABOOT

This house is just around the corner and I admire it every time I pass. Peach and wisteria mauve – what a winning combination. I love it when people match their front door colour to flowers.

And so, to the fields of Oxfordshire. If you want rhubarb,  tulips, fresh eggs or pickled onions, hurry – while stocks last.

While shooting in New York recently, I became a bit very obsessed with beautiful Brooklyn ‘Brownstones’. Exposed brickwork, tin ceiling tiles and stunning vintage ‘metro-style’ wall tiles – I was in interiors heaven…

Picked up these 1950s bad boys at a flea market recently. I couldn’t resist the stunning covers and the content is really inspiring, too – a mixture of articles and poetry, all beautifully illustrated.

Ah, Autumn. L’automne. C’est un saison de mistes et mellow fruitfulness, etcetera, et bien sur, le cassoulet. Mmm. Cassoulet. Avec les haricots, et les saucisses, et le canard – c’est comme un ‘bean stew’, mais pas exactement. This dish delicieux … …keep reading

Artisanal skills and exciting new ethical design brands stood out for me at Tent London and designjunction this week. Clockwise, from top left: Recycled, hand-made glass and hammered brass cups made in East Africa, via innovative new fair-trade studio, Otago; … …keep reading

Designer Merrick Angle, of Double Merrick fame, kindly gave me a whistle-stop tour of some of his favourite French brocantes (junk shops) this summer. We explored a huge secondhand shop called Le Monde Allant Vers (in Eymoutiers, Limousin region) and an amazing … …keep reading

After a very hectic few months work-wise, we’ve finally escaped London to live in our tent for a bit. We stayed on some peaceful farms and now we’re camping in a forest beside a beautiful river. With decent local wine … …keep reading

Just spotted a quirky little feature I did in the new issue of The Simple Things magazine, about a very beautiful vintage garden ‘lav’, filled with rustic accessories. Is ‘toilet envy’ a (simple) thing? It is now…!