Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Modern Day Marthas

A shameless plug this morning … This month a dream feature idea of mine was realised in my favourite design magazine of all time – Elle Decoration’s October issue. ‘Let Me Entertain You’ [Pg 161] is a beautifully art directed [by Elle Decoration] and written by myself feature on the Modern Day Martha Stewarts of […] Read more…

Summer to Autumn: A Transitional Reading List!

I’ve been late on my Summer Reading list this year so I thought I would compile a transitional list of delicious reads that will take us from summer into autumn. Here are a selection of magical, ghostly, nostalgic and historical novels that have tumbled through my door over the last few months. The Curiosity, Stephen […] Read more…

The Balcony Gardener

I would like to begin this post by saying I HAVE NEVER PLANTED A THING.  I once owned some succulents during the peak of the succulent trend, but they were re-homed after a year when we moved for the umpteenth time in our renting lives. Also I have never lived anywhere with a garden. This […] Read more…

In Conversation With… with A Real Librarian!

I met Ruth Collingwood for the first time at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner earlier this year. We all went through the whole meal chatting excitedly, drinks were flowing and Burger and Lobster was eaten. Then towards the end of the meal my friend who organised the evening said ‘Hey Roh, so Ruth is a […] Read more…

Curio Magazine

A slightly lazy post today, but wholly inspirational I think you will agree. Since their launch in May 2012, I have have been contributing to the gorgeous online publication Curio. Curio is a premium but friendly quarterly online magazine with beautiful imagery, intelligent insights and featuring interesting people. It’s kind of the antitode to the quick […] Read more…

The Last Runaway, by Tracy Chevalier

I’m absolutely captivated by accounts of people leaving everyone and everything they know to start new lives in other countries, especially centuries ago when the world was so vast and unknown and there was no way of turning back [see my review of Sarah Wheeler’s new novel O My America Second Acts in a New […] Read more…

New Book: Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

The idea of climbing a tree for shelter, or just to see the earth from another perspective, is surely as old as humanity. Tree houses are chronicled in ancient civilizations and their lore crosses through the history of every part of the world where trees grow. A new book by Taschen Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles […] Read more…

On The Strand: The Penguin General Blog

I love the fact that everyone’s got a blog these days – the more the merrier I say and the weirder the wonderful-er. On The Strand is the blog by the team at scenes look at the news in the book world, book art, interviews with authors and just general goings on in the Penguin General Office […] Read more…

Signs of Life: Leslie Williamson

Working in an industry where I am surrounded by beautiful products and envy-inducing homes – for me the best interiors are the ones which show signs of  domestic and family life – I think it’s still possible to have a magazine spread home that is warm and liveable. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to interview the […] Read more…

O My America! Second Acts in A New World, by Sarah Wheeler

Love the concept of this soon to be available book whose thrilling promise lies in its quiet subtitle – ‘Second Acts in a New World’… In this work of historical fiction the author Sara Wheeler follows the trail of six middle-aged women who fled from Britain in the early nineteenth century to make their names […] Read more…

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