CECIL BEATON: style icon


As a creative, I’m constantly looking for inspiration. I came across this photo the other day of none other than the legendary Cecil Beaton. Who was he? A celebrated British photographer, costume designer and illustrator. Born to a society family in Hampstead in 1904, he rose to fame photographing the ‘Bright Young Things’ of the Twenties and Thirties, attracting attention for his extravagant backdrops, which made creative use of humble materials like cellophane, paper and mirror. He went on to design customs for Audrey Hepburn in the film My Fairs Lady in 1964 as well as the set.

What makes him an icon? Cecil’s exquisitely composed images have had a huge influence on modern photography- especially his fashion shots, which continue to inspire through their use of color, light and evocative settings. His choice of subjects, from poet WH Auden to Mick Jagger, represents a chronicle of 20th-century culture. Plus, there’s his determination to stand out: ‘Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-savers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.’ 

I couldn’t say it any better myself- definitely a man after my own heart… To learn more about Beaton’s work you can check out his brush-drawn textiles that have been relaunched as fabrics and wallpapers here.

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posted July 28, 2014

HILARY ROBERTSON: the stuff of life


Hilary Robertson has been one of my inspirations for awhile now. Every since I came across her effortless styling and still life work, she continues to provoke and inspire me whenever I see something she has created. As a budding photographer, I’m inspired most by negative space in a composition, my eye goes more to the negative, the breathing space, as I always say. A place for your eye to rest before you bounce back to the objects in the composition. The play between opposites always lends inspiration and I find no one better at captivating this then Ms. Robertson.

“Creating something beautiful is compelling and addictive. It’s meditation of sorts and, I suspect, just as good for the soul. You don’t need anything except for your eye, your chosen objects, and an idea of what you would like to achieve in an aesthetic sense. Even if nothing else in your room pleases you, you can transform one surface to your own satisfaction.

When you are engaged in setting up a still life, there will always be another way to do things, another possible configuration, but it is up to you to decide when the composition is finished. Sometimes the greatest satisfaction comes from dismantling a composition, probably because that’s when it starts to feel less contrived.


Set it up, then mess it up‘ seems to be the stylist’s mantra.”

                                                                                           ~Hilary Robertson


THE STUFF OF LIFE by Hilary Robertson can be purchased at

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posted June 3, 2014


joanna laven

Sometimes all it takes is one shot to provoke inspiration.

The photo is the entryway of stylist Joanna Laven’s  Stockholm apartment.

The chandelier is a 1958 Gino Sarfatti design, the sideboard is by Arne Vodder, and the floor lamp is Italian. Chair is from Scandia Chair and the plant stand is by Fornasetti.

Not too shabby… can’t say I wouldn’t mind coming home to this.

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posted June 3, 2014



I’m fascinated by restraint. Or maybe it’s editing? Probably both, depending on how you look at it, but I’m constantly evaluating the things I have: giving away, donating, moving the house around. On and on she goes… I just DO NOT like to have TOO much stuff.


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posted May 1, 2014

Thoughts on a Thursday


 “What I’ve tried to do for years is tell people to really look at what’s happening in their world and use that as inspiration for their home,” Wolf says. “Inspiration doesn’t always come from obvious sources. Sometimes it comes from the color of the sky or the water. The important thing is to keep your eyes open and appreciate the beauty that’s all around us.”

~Vicente Wolf, interior designer

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posted April 24, 2014



 Fantastic Frank’s latest home styling is actually balancing on the edge to being more of an art installation than home decorating. This serene, all white home is so beautiful, and completely

un-liveable… I love it!
I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the fruit still life on the table, a nod to their first styling with all the fruit perhaps, which is what made them famous in the first place. This is so very far from that though, they have come a long way since then.
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posted March 11, 2014




Eyes are the windows to the soul. And windows? Well, they broadcast a home’s soul and create a connection between private, interior and public, exterior life. Here are a few ways to make maximum impact with windows. A dazzling display of windows wraps the heavily customized Venice, California, home of architect Lorcan O’Herlihy. His wife, Irish actress Cornelia Hayes-O’Herlihy, gazes across the roofscape in a cozy glass enclosure that rests atop the new home.

Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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posted February 12, 2014