LET THERE BE LIGHT!
Bring some sexy Italian style to your desk with the very clever Chain Light – a totally inspired and eminently functional lamp designed by Iliara Marelli for Nemo Italianaluce. Fully extended this uber-elegant appliance stands at 22 inches tall. Four “bright white” 1 watt LED lights deliver great illumination and, when not in use, the sleek articulated sections fold down to deliver a subtle ambient light. Completely closed, the lamp compacts to just a teeny 2.75 inches high! Flexible, adaptable and practical, the Chain Light is a lovely piece of Italian sculpture for your workspace!
I have long been a fan of Paloma Picasso’s beautifully crafted pieces and have amassed quite a collection of her distinctive jewelry. It has been most interesting to follow her style evolution – always unique and inventive, she has inherited her father’s bold and very original design instincts.
In early 2010, Paloma launched her stunning Marrakesh collection – one of three new ranges of jewelry designed to celebrate her 30 year liason with Tiffany and Co. This extravagant collection features bangles, rings, necklaces, pendants and earrings in silver and gold, with many of the pieces incorporating precious and semi-precious stones to great effect (diamonds, red jasper, lapis lazuli, black onyx, nephrite green jade and turquoise).
Of course the most appealing feature of this particular range is the exotic cut-out patterning of the metals, inspired by classic Moroccan geometric designs (Paloma has a home in Marrakesh). Beautifully detailed and intricate, these signature creations are collectable classics. I just adore my gold Marrakesh bangle which I team with the matching drop earrings and the blue enamel and gold ring – great party pieces! The bangle is also available in sterling silver.
These striking, sinuous stainless steel “Cobra” candlesticks from Danish design house Georg Jensen add glamour to any table setting. Made of mirror-finish stainless steel, their reflective surfaces create a beautiful play of light. Also from Jensen is designer Helle Damkjaer’s delightful “Bloom” tea light candle bowl – a beautifully sculpted organic shape, inspired by exotic flowers, in brushed stainless steel. Grouped or placed randomly, these lovely ornamental pieces make a discreetly stylish statement at the table, or in any room – perfect for mood lighting in the boudoir and bathroom!
E is for EUPHORBIA
This genus covers some 2008 different varieties worldwide, appearing in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones, so apart from featuring a couple of my absolute favourites, I will have to generalise somewhat!
What can I say – these are marvellous plants for many reasons. The range is mind-boggling, with endless architectural variety. Many of our most common and popular garden plants in fact belong to this genus. Did you know that the much-loved Poinsettia is formally known as e. pulcherrima?
Euphorbiae are great feature/statement plants either individually, mass-planted or mixed-grouped. You could literally fill your whole garden from this one genus and still offer a stunning show of colour, form and texture.[Read more…]
The ultimate neutral, nude has taken over where taupe left off! Teaming effortlessly with any outfit, nude (in its various shades) visually adds considerable length to the leg. These are also the shoes you turn to when nothing else in your wardrobe quite suits.
The ever-elegant Duchess of Cambridge, who has a lovely pair of pins, is frequently photographed wearing mid-height nude court shoes. She teams them with outfits ranging from chic two-piece ensembles and day dresses through to glam evening gowns.
A bonus with “going nude” is more latitude with handbag selection – such neutral footwear looks fine with just about any colour, style or fabric.
Ideally you would have three or four pairs of “nudes” to carry you from laid-back casual (ballerina flats) through to business (smart mid-height pumps) and then, for party appearances – high strappy “sandals” or gloss finish pumps (patent leather or pearl sheen literally create a more “polished” overall look). If you opt for just one pair, I suggest the most useful style would be a shiny mid-to-high-heeled pump which should cover most occasions.