October 2008


On a recent family holiday to Palm Cove in Queensland, I had dinner in a restaurant that had a gorgeous trio of light fittings. In the partial open air restaurant, the light glowed brightly and the shades gently swayed with an old fashioned fan creating the wind. The gorgeous lightshade was designed by Brit-born, New Zealand habitant David Trubridge. http://www.eon.co.nz/index.php/pi_pageid/9/pi_productid/1

My mum recently gave me a beautiful bunch of Calla lilies. She said alot of older people don’t like them as it reminds them of death – flowers used for gravestones – I gratefully and lovingly accepted the flower. I placed a single lily in a black and white 1950s vase, that mirrored the shape of the lily, on the top of a shelf at the front door. I love seeing the sun shining through the front door and outlining the lily. It reminded of a gelatin silver photograph that Robert Mapplethorpe took in the 1980s of a single lily. It had the elegance and silhouette of a prima ballerina.  http://www.guggenheimcollection.org/site/artist_work_md_97A_2.html

Swiss miss, Nicole Locher, has created a range of delightful yet cheeky accessories including necklaces, rings and tops. Some of her necklaces use images of cute-as-a-button children mixed with petite brass bows, butterflies and baby shoes to accessorise them. Messages range from the risque “Sans Culotte” meaning No Panties, to the cute “Chipie” necklace which means Little Minx. I particularly like her blending of materials and 21stC design with Victoriana imagery. http://www.lochers.com/accessories17.html