In the grand scheme of things, you really shouldn’t choose your job based on what you get to wear to it, and having a job that is interesting, set in a good work culture and that pays the bills I’m not looking for a change anyway.


But I do have a tiny pang when I see Charlotte Jacklin’s excellent nail art that I’m not in a job that will ever allow these to be an option, unless it’s a paint it on on Thursday and a take it off on Sunday thing, & that would be a shame…

Rita Konig


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”)


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


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


images by, patrickmele, salvesengraham, msputneystripes and ritakonig, all on Instagram

Rainbow Row


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


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.


photos, October 2018



Pretty pastel houses and French squares,


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


There’s even a square called Charing Cross.

Photos from August 2018

Lattice work


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.)