LIVING IT UP - 43rd annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Friday, 29 May 2015

I have always wanted to attend the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Every year gorgeous pictures would fill my inbox via my favourite bloggers about the show’s fantastic design credentials.  I therefore assume that everyone else knows what is, that is until yesterday when I was telling someone about my recent fantastic trip to New York courtesy of Modenus on #BlogTourNYC.  So for the uninitiated the annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House is actually a fundraiser for a the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a programme that has helped more than 12,000 children of which more than half live below the poverty line.  The decorator show house every year transform a Mansion on the Upper East Side into a showcase for trendsetting ideas in home decoration. It brings together the crème de la crème of the design world, each decorating one room or area, with the designers having cart blanche but only a tiny working window (often only 4-6 weeks) to conceive and install their rooms.
The room’s are lavishly designed and created to dazzle, although occasionally they befuddle me but thankfully not this year. This year 22 designers worked their magic on the Arthur Sachs Mansion. Designers that included Jamie Drake, Mark Sikes, Thom Filicia and Christopher Peacock.

NYC x Design 2015 with Modenus #BlogtourNYC

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


So I'm back from NYC and have so much to show and tell its unbelievable. So keep your eyes peeled for a blog post shortly on the fabulous places I visited and the amazing people I met. 

Brighton Festival Artist Open House - My picks

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


Every year the month of May brings the Brighton Festival to our doorstep. It’s our annual arts festival and is billed as the largest in England, this year the guest artistic director is the novalist Ali Smith. The festival launched on Saturday with the Children's Parade but my favourite part is always the Artist Open House’s (AOH) where artists and craft people literally open up their houses for the public to view and buy their work.  So on Sunday in the drizzle I managed to squeeze in visits to 12 venues and here are my favourites so far in the 2015 festival.
Brighton Artist Open Houses 2015

Tuesday Nowness - Colour

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Have you come across Nowness? I’ve become a big fan in the last couple of weeks, yet its been around since 2010. NOWNESS is a video channel showcasing contemporary culture through film and just spending half an hour on this site is like Alice going down the rabbit hole. It’s definitely a wonderland.

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