An Apartment in Burley on the Hill, as Designed by Mark Gillette | Photographed by Luke White for Architectural Digest.
Burley on the Hill is a beautiful 300-year-old English manor in the countryside, two hours north of London, with Neoclassical columns, curving colonnades, grand windows and soaring ceilings.
John and Christine McSwaney own an apartment in Burley’s south wing, and commissioned designer Mark Gillette, a specialist in country home renovations, to ‘create something the initial owners would be proud of’. As with all real estate of historical importance, the trickiest part of the renovations was striking a balance between preserving the history and feel of the place, while making it a comfortable, 21st century home to live in.
Job well done, I’d say! These interiors are absolutely divine!! I’m raving about the blue and pink colour palette, in particular. Who would’ve guessed they’d go so well together, really brighten up the place? Oh, and the gilded frames, the heavy-set bureaus, the tapered armchairs.. a touch of glam that will never grow old!
Read the full article on Architectural Digest.
Devota Da Moda | Waleska Gorczevski By Jacques Dequeker For Vogue Brazil July 2014.
Wildfox Fall 14 Campaign | by Kimberley Gordon.
Inspired by Jane Austen. A tribute to sisters.
"In my eyes Jane was the ultimate Wildfox girl; Hard working, poetic, confidant and extremely comical… Her stories are inspiring and still so relevant, they teach us about ourselves, our friendships, family, priorities and sacrifice.
Siblings, whether they are blood or self made, are such an important part of growing up, of who you are and who you become.Thus this collection is a dedication to the women who love us most, hate us most, forgive us most, to the women who make us laugh and cry, who give us that reality dose straight to the face, who keep us in line but also teach us to miss-behave… this collection is for them, for our sisters and for the ultimate sister, Jane Austen.” - Kimberley Gordon
Photos by Mark Hunter
Photo Edit by Kimberley Gordon
Modeled by Maddison Brown, Isabella Oberg and Marnie Harris
Makeup by Carlene K
Hair by Laura Polko
Shop the collection here.
The Fox’s Den | Window Display for Hermès Barcelona by Zim & Zou.
French studio Zim & Zou have crafted this one-of-a-kind window for Barcelona’s Hermès store, handmade (almost) entirely from paper! I had to feature it, because God only knows how much I love some good paper crafting!!
The window depicts the life of a lil’ fox (fox himself is made from leather strips) in his den full of personal items, all in hues of contrasting orange and blue. His furniture and household items are made from paper, from the stool he’s sitting on, to the curtains and dresser, the photos hanging on the wall, even the telephone and the keys on the table top!
But of course, this fox’s den is one of luxury. We catch a glimpse of iconic Hermès accessories casually strewn about here and there - a pair of shoes, a belt (carefully in box), a scarf and a couple of ties.. I daresay I’d be quite pleased if this den was mine..
Travel Thursday | Nara Park - Oh, Deer!
We spent a day in Nara during our trip to Japan in April, and boy, was it an en-deer-ing day. Haha, forgive the pun!
Nara is a pretty quiet town compared to Kyoto and Osaka, but it has something extremely unique.. lotsa deer roaming about freely in its parks! When I say freely, it’s pretty literal. They’re not kept in an enclosure. These fellas are everywhere! I’ve even seen them crossing the road, but most of the time they stay in the grassy areas of the park.
According to Wikipedia, the legendary history of Kasuga Shrine describes how ‘mythological god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital of Heijō-kyō. Since then the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country.’
These deer are fed well by the tourists who purchase ‘shika sembei’ (deer crackers) from the vendors around the Park. Somehow, the deer know better than to steal any biscuits from the vendor’s cart, even if the carts are left unattended. But once money and crackers exchange hands into an unassuming tourist’s, the deer come charging.
And when I say charging, I mean they really do! It may have initially been a quiet spot at the park, but trust me, as you fish out your wallet, a dozen of them are already eyeing you standing by the vendors cart, and once you get your hands on some biscuits, they immediately come bounding across the field! Haha! T_T It’s really quite endearing..
The trick is.. NOT TO PANIC. I’ve seen tourist freak out by the approaching horde and just throw their crackers the other side to get them away LOL. The deer can be quite big but they’re relatively tame. They just want food and don’t realize how intimidating they can be. They don’t mean harm.. Aww..
I held my biscuits in the air out of reach (can’t hold them behind your back because some will just go behind and start eating haha T_T), then slowly broke them off in small pieces so that all the deer can have some, even the lil ones who can’t really get in front. I put them on my palm and surprisingly, even in the mad frenzy of faster-eat-this-before-another-deer-gets-it, never got bit.
Unfortunately, my crow sweater did get bit.. AND stretched to its maximum capacity T_T. Because.. the deer of Nara can do tricks! If you bow, they’ll bow back and expect a treat. But the more aggressive ones just bow on their own accord, and still expect the treat. Woot!
If you’re slow in dishing them out, they’ll do what it takes to get your attention.. including butting you with their non-existent horns (removed for tourist safety, I’m presuming), and tugging on your clothes by biting them. They even bit my sister’s jean pockets haha! And that’s the story of how my sweater was stretched to the max on the right side, sigh.. New some more.. First time wearing.. #firstworldproblems
Funniest thing I’ve seen is a deer sticking its head into a handbag to eat hahahha! If you’re in the vicinity, a suggest you slot Nara in your itinerary, if only for the deer. It’s such an aww-fully charming experience..
Happy Thursday! xx Sherry.
Wishlist Wednesday | Shower Curtain Designs by Cori Dantini on DENY Designs.
Hi, y’all. It’s midweek and time for another Wishlist Wednesday post! Today I’ll be featuring these fun shower curtains designed by artist Cori Dantini, a full time illustrator, mother and wife.They’re are available for order at Deny Designs, a home furnishings store that lets you print your own images onto household accessories, or select one from the DENY Art Gallery.
If it were up to me (not a single creative bone), I’d be selecting these Cori Dantini designs! I love ‘em - the birds, the flowers, the colours, they’re all so vibrant and fun, with a hint of indie going on. If you’d like these designs on other household furnishings, view the whole range of product choices available at DENY designs here.
An Open-Air Country Feast | by Outstanding In The Field.
Outstanding in the Field is a “roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls”, setting its long white tables amidst lush scenery and landscape around USA for the past 15 years. Dinner has been served outside on mountains, beaches, farms, caves by the sea, fields, and vineyards, as well as indoors inside greenhouses, refurbished barns, and stately museums. All locations are spectacular and absolutely breathtaking. All ingredients of the dinner are sourced from the surrounding land and prepared by a culinary expert of the region, serving all seated from farm to table.
Jim Denevan, founder of Outstanding in The Field, originally came up with this idea in the summer of 1999 - to set a long table and invite the public round for a meal in Santa Cruz, California at Andy Griffin’s Mariquita Farm, all in celebration of the farmer and the gifts of the land. His aim was to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of the food, to honor those whose work brought nourishment to the table. This included the cheese makers, foragers, wine makers, farmers, etc. So far, over 600 tables have been set, and the best part is.. you’re invited!
Reserve your dinner online and wait till about two weeks before the date to receive your invitation. It will detail the dress code and directions to your (sometimes secret hideaway) location. When you arrive, have a glass of wine and mingle with the crowd, before taking in a tour of the site by the host himself and meeting the local producers along the way, Then it’s finally time for the main event - dinner itself, family style, passing around bowls of freshly prepared, delicious food! Mm, sounds like a plan, eh? Oh, and a new tradition called BYOP - Bring Your Own Plate has begun, where each diner is encouraged to bring a long a vintage plate to charm up the table! Aww..