No Place Like Home

Home is where and what you make it, and nowhere is this more true than at the extraordinary Blaca monastery on Brac Island, which I was fortunate enough to see on a recent visit to Croatia. Literally hewn out of the rock face, the Blaca monastery is a masterpiece of architectural hutzpah, but even more […]

Croatian Jewels

As a designer and writer, travel is an essential part of keeping the imagination fired, and I like nothing better than exploring new lands. This time, I ventured to Croatia, excited about discovering a region loved by the Romans, blessed with ancient towns and villages and kissed by an aquamarine sea. It didn’t disappoint. From […]

If In Doubt, Fake It

Many years ago I lived in Wales, in the green and pleasant Wye Valley. My garden was my pride and joy – endless herbaceous borders, roses scrambling over the cottage roof, sparkling streams wending their way through the melee of colour and overseeing it all, our majestic trees spreading their canopy over the landscape. It […]

The Rain in Spain

I’m so glad we came to Mallorca in May. When I think of Spain, I think of a hot and dusty holiday to Salamanca when I was 12. It was a treat, as I had never been abroad before, but it was a brutal introduction to how unforgiving the summer sun can be. This time […]

Living From The Outside In

I suppose it boils down to the weather, but became really obvious to me on my recent trip to Mallorca that those living in warm countries live their lives outside in, whereas we in the UK tend to live inside out. I’m not complaining, not least because I have made a 20 year career out […]


One of my favourite pastimes is to look up. That is to say, we almost always look straight ahead when we walk, and in London, some of the best bits of our architectural heritage are actually above us. So when I went to Wroclaw this week for a few days, I reminded myself that this […]

Inside Number 10

So March 8th was International Women’s Day and as fate would have it, I found myself the recipient of an invite to 10 Downing Street to help celebrate the event. Needless to say, I was both curious and delighted, and come the allotted hour, found myself in the security queue outside the famous iron gates. […]