Stucco

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The Music Room, Lancaster – a converted summer pavilion built in the 1730s and showing the muses, Apollo and various Roman emperors around the wall.

All photos from a visit, May 2018.

Famous women

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In some countries, 8 May is women’s day, so here’s a bunch more of the Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant set that will hopefully be bought be Charleston soon and remain on public display.

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The collection covered dancers (Pavlova, Taglioni), political movers and shakers (Sarah Churchill and several queens), writers (Georges Sand and Eliot), artists and muses (“La Bella Simonetta” was a subject for Bottecelli) and royal mistresses.

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I recognised most of the women in set, including Dorothy Osborne, whose letters I studied at uni, but Agnes Sorel had me stumped…

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Photos from my visit to the Piano Nobile gallery.

The Cinque Terre

From nearly a week of grey skies and cold rain came glorious sunshine, and the Cinque Terre.

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First up Vernazza, and it’s little harbour, church and castle overlooking the bay.

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Then Manarola with its little shops, pistachio walls and washing lines,

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its craggy rocks and bright jade seas.

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And finally Riomaggiore and wild waves.

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April 2018.

Palazzo life

Genoa is the town of palazzo after palazzo and a LOT of painted ceilings.

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First up, the palazzo reale – built for the Balbini family and then taken over by the Savoy monarchy in the 1820s.

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Then the Palazzo Bianco (also containing the Palazzo Tursi, 2-in-1 palazzi, ker-ching)

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and Palazzo Rosso – owned by the same family as the Palazzo Bianco, leading to a pleasingly martini-sounding pairing.

All pics April 2018

Milan apartment

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Excuse the poor quality of these photos, but I literally snapped them directly from my copy of Elle Deco. Loving the wild wallpaper, jade green hall, mix of rattan and willow-weave textures in the furniture and just the simple yet bold look of this home.

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