Category Archives: Travel

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By August 9, 2019

When you think of Paris, what springs to mind? Shopping? Sight-seeing? Sitting in a café watching the world go by? The truth is, Paris has a way of drawing you in and inviting you to explore. To help get you started in the City of Lights, let’s hear it from a local: Architect Laura Gonzalez –


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By July 19, 2019

Paris adventures are always high on my list whenever I’m in France. I’ve been in Paris a number of times now and still find there’s plenty happening and lots of things to see and experience. And of course, being an interior designer, I’m always particularly interested in the architecture and interior design and Paris never,


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By July 5, 2019

You might have noticed that animal prints are huge in this season’s fashions. I for one am very happy about that! But did you know though that the whole animal/tribal African look is huge in interiors too? The great thing about this look is that it lends itself effortlessly to many different interior styles and


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By June 28, 2019

Yes, I know we are in the middle of winter in the southern hemisphere, but I have a daughter who’s currently living in London, so I’m interested in how the English do summer – not to mention her adventures in and around this fascinating city. This week she sent me a link to a Vogue


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By June 14, 2019

Paris in January is very cold, believe me, I’ve been there! But despite the big freeze outdoors, it’s still a wonderful place to be! I had the privilege of attending Maison et Objet last year and had a wonderful time (to say the least)! M&O is a huge interiors trade show held twice a year


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By May 31, 2019

During our six-week trip to the UK and Europe in 2018, we spent a few days in Vienna, which we had spent some time in a few years previously (but more on that later). Vienna is a classically beautiful city, famous for cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns, and more besides. As


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By February 15, 2019

It is an undisputed fact that interior design trends are almost always preceded by fashion industry trends. So, here’s the very latest from Pantone: Published for the fashion industry by the Pantone Colour Institute, this season’s report features the top 12 stand-out colours and current takes on the four classic neutrals we can expect to


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By February 8, 2019

A new crop of Parisian florists is making waves all the way over to American shores. Ever in pursuit of aesthetics and a sense of meaning, they’ve pioneered a new kind of French art de vivre. Within this current, known overseas as the Slow Flower movement, anything goes in terms of style. In France, and


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By January 25, 2019

Having arrived at the front of the castle we noticed a man painting the front door, who confirmed that indeed it was Bargy Castle. We explained to him that my ancestors had lived there for almost 200 years in the 15th and 16th centuries. Being a sensible soul, he asked what the family name was.


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By January 18, 2019

It’s not every day that you get to visit castles that your family built or owned on the other side of the world but that’s just what happened when Graeme and I had a week in Ireland last year. A few years ago, I learnt that my ancestors on my mum’s side of the family


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