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Signs of the time

Well, Ros is on the island this week hopefully keeping well away from the newspapers. I don't know about you, but I'm still depressed. I went to the march in London on saturday – although couldn't make it until it had reached parliament square. It was full of people, absolutely full and there were some […]
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Ceramicist Matthew Warner

Two fridays ago the Cockpit Arts studio in Deptford opened up for a weekend and I gamefully hit it first thing with a hangover and a friend. Very quickly we found ourselves eating comfort food in the cafeteria. I had my very first ever homity pie. I knew nothing of this pie before and it […]
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Terrazzo and other expensive beautiful floor finishes

I've been a bit obsessed with Terrazzo since I saw it on the floor of a friend's kitchen in Islington ten years ago – she'd inherited it lucky thing. I'd not fully cottoned onto Terrazzo before then. Anyway, it's sort of back in fashion with a vengeance – quite recently Max Lamb designed a version […]
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Property porn – Corfu vs Hackney

Well I'm back to a 50mph wind off the sea and a flat full of damp chalk dust (coastal erosion is real folks and it's collecting on my ornaments). To take the sting out of leaving Corfu I was immediately Googling rustic ruins to buy. The beautiful old olive presses and cottages of Corfu has […]
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Happiness is… a new bikini

Up yours British weather. I'm off to Corfu. And my happiness is complete because for the first time in years I am travelling with a bikini that I LOVE. What is required for me to love a thing? As Jill once astutely observed, it really just needs to combine pink and green. This beauty is […]
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A question about induction hobs

Yeh, so I still live in London. BUT I have been hatching plans to at least have a temporary escape in the shape of a holiday house in the highlands. This has been bubbling over for a few years now and I don't have much more to say about it at the moment – I'm […]
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Accidental protest day in London

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were left alone in London for two nights while my inlaws took the kids to their house. We were giddy with possibility for our saturday without responsibilities and decided to walk to Soho to go to the flicks. An urban walk. We got ready with The Communards […]
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Seaside kitchen – real reveal

“I only check on your blog to see if you've put up any Real Reveals yet.” So spoke our friend Charlotte, who can always be relied upon to give it to us straight. Perhaps that's why this week sees not one but two Real Reveals… yesterday was Jill's gorgeous armchairs, and today it's the unveiling […]
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Helsinki highlights: Rock Church and The Aalto house

Back on to Helsinki… we saw a lot of notable architecture including Alvar Aalto's Finlandia Hall. It looks like an enormous white marble ship, but was also closed for Easter so we advanced to highlight number 1 of the trip, the Rock Church. Designed by architect brothers Timo and Cuomo Suomalainen, and completed in 1969, the […]
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Adventures in Finland

Did you know that the Finns have a particular relationship with language, don't like to waste words on small talk and favour being concise? And now to a blog post about my experience of a holiday there that may or may not pay homage to this fact. It began in Lapland in 'minus' conditions, beautiful […]
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Farewell Zaha Hadid

Was Ronnie Corbett not enough for one day? Yes, on the same day that the second Ronnie bowed out, comes the sad news that Zaha Hadid, internationally acclaimed architect, has died of a heart attack aged just 65. Mr Corbett is sad, but Hadid is shocking. I think this is evidenced by the fact that […]
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Still life

…just about, but certainly not as we've known it. I haven't much I want to write, though I have a lot to say. Instead an image shared on Facebook (and if you're avoiding that place right now I don't blame you) that amused me at the time. Love still live paintings, and although historically they […]
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Patti Smith's DIY SOS

It goes without saying that I love Patti Smith. I expect you do too. Who doesn't these days? Having enjoyed Just Kids – a salute to which Jill wrote here – I bought the more recent M Train to take on holiday. Dreamlike, elliptical, and sad meditation on loss that is also hugely enjoyable, what […]
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Joni Mitchell's Greek cave house

“The wind is in from Africa, But last night I couldn't sleep…” The lovely opening bars of Joni Mitchell's Carey were in my head while I was in Corfu. They've been in my head every time I've been to Corfu, or any other island – including the one in Scotland. Carey is a beautiful song, […]
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Discovering Gae Aulenti

On stumbling across a house I liked I've discovered Italian architect and interior/furniture/set designer Gae Aulenti. She designed the Musée d'Orsay as well as super cool showrooms for Fiat and Olivetti plus a bunch of private homes – I slept through all of that apparently. She died aged 84 at the end of 2012 and as the […]
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The Parakeets can handle things

So Ros is on holiday and I've been sick for FOUR WEEKS. I've already moaned to every person I know or don't know who stands still long enough, so announcing it on the blog really is redundant. Anyway, I've got a list of meaningful things to write about in due course – I say meaningful […]
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Peckham Lido returns

Grab yer swimmers Uncle Albert – looks like Peckham lido might be brought back from the dead. When I lived in Peckham I was always fascinated by the little blue podium thingy that was hidden under the bushes at the top end of the Rye. Being a relentless nerd detective, I saw that it corresponded […]
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Matt Raw Ceramic workshop

I know, you've been dying to see my creations from the 3-week ceramics course I did at Matt Raw's workshop. First some background on our teacher. Matt is from Manchester and studied at the University of Brighton then the RCA. He's done lots of group shows and a residency at the V&A as well as […]
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Sunset from the shelter

While I've been sharing pics of the new kitchen, someone asked in the comments if they couldn't see the outside of the house that I'm always banging on about. They asked at a good time, as May has arrived and the wicked wind from the north has dropped. Yesterday evening I watched from this desk […]
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Gentrification meets drag night

The night was a Cockles & Muscles fundraiser for Margate Pride. Fancy dress was stipulated. Category was: Margate. Organised by legendary club night Sink The Pink, their crew of Queens came down from London in a mini bus to put on a Margate-themed do at the almost-defunct Lido bar. Now as Jill will attest – […]
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Real reveal: Upholstered armchairs

Honestly, doing this blog has continued to challenge the aspect of my character that was previously given to making bold statements about ideas I'd never actually follow through. Today's overcoming of this is an unveiling of… My two old Grandma chairs freshly reupholstered in green linen! One has pink piping and the other has orange […]
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Trend or travesty – Smeg X Dolce and Gabanna ?

Two things. Did you know that Elton forgave Dolce and Gabanna? Also, flipping eck the duo has designed a fridge. Milan madness begins…
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Pots for plants

I find it very hard, I must confess, to keep house plants alive. I have an issue with the fact I have to run things (like watering) to their schedule rather than mine. This is also what stops me from being like the rest of my family, a set of dedicated and creative gardeners. However […]
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