Rita Konig

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I’m at that stage of a house project where doing the pretty bits actually seems within grasp again, and I’m devouring Rita Konig’s articles on her website (find the section “Rita Says”)

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Unlike a certain modern Mrs Miniver, there is a lack of smugness in these pieces that allows you enjoy them greatly and wonder just how you’d make that tiny box room interesting, where you could get some over-the-bed mirrors from

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and whether you’d have the balls to do that level of colour combination / bold wallpaper yourself…

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images by tat.london, patrickmele, salvesengraham, msputneystripes and ritakonig, all on Instagram

Rainbow Row

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East Bay Street in Charleston has a series of painted houses known as “rainbow row”.

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The colonial era houses are generally stuccoed and painted, their window boxes and shutters offering contrasting splashed against the main colour. As you can imagine, it’s an Instagrammer’s dream.

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photos, October 2018

Jersey

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Pretty pastel houses and French squares,

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And street corners that look more like what visitors expect in London than the current reality itself.

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There’s even a square called Charing Cross.

Photos from August 2018

Lattice work

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A french wired silk bonnet from circa 1812. Bringing back ALL the memories of Georgette Heyer’s epic shopping scenes (Frederica and Charis in the millinery shop in particular, to be honest.)

Feed of the week

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@ice_cream_books: does what it says on the tin. Ideal for heat waves… Each instagram post tells you not just what the book is, but also why that ice cream pairing was chosen for it, eg egg custard flavour; money pie for Piketty, etc