Manoir de la Foulquetiere is open for chambres d’hote.

The renovations at Manoir de la Foulquetiere in the Loire Valley in France, which Ingrid and I photographed, are finally complete so I hope some of you will book to go and stay. It has been a real labour of love and is a magical place to stay. The swimming pool and gardens are lovely in summer and through autumn and winter you can cosy up by a roaring fire and enjoy Rosemary’s hospitality and a few glasses of the local vino after visiting local chateaux. What’s not to love? If you would like to book to stay at the Manoir you can do so here Manoir de la Foulquetiere. The bed and breakfast isn’t being advertised yet, but if you contact the Manoir they can book you in. It’s heavenly, believe me!

Vintage colour pops!

This home reflects, for me, what good design is all about. The owners have created a comfortable yet stylish home that effortlessly combines vintage and antique finds with good modern design. The end result is a home that reflects their personalities and is warm, colourful, comfortable and chic. Love it.


Photographs via Shootfactory.

Rough Luxe Hotel, London

rough luxe hotel bathroom


















purple room








red chair









The Rough Luxe Hotel in London was designed by interior designer Rabih Hage, who is also a qualified architect. Connected to The Mews art gallery, the hotel is an ingenious combination of rough and luxury or as the owners describe it ‘half rough, half luxury. A little bit of luxury in a rough part of London. A little bit of rough in a luxurious London.’

The look is a mix of old and new, furniture and art; combining colours and beautiful fabrics with existing distressed original walls while the concept is based on culture in its diverse values, ethical lifestyles and educated consumption. Definitely worth a visit.

Vintage with a twist

1950s chair in blue felt      ThroneBlueberry chairs










These extremely chic vintage chairs have all been sumptuously reupholstered by Aiveen Daly, bringing them bang up to date for the ultimate in modern luxury. I love vintage and antiques and I am seeing beautiful pieces used more and more in contemporary interiors. Vintage furniture gives an interior a unique and individual style that is hard to match with modern equivalents. As Aiveen’s beautiful upholstery shows, the designs of the past can make the most stylish pieces of the present.


With a move towards sustainable design for environmental reasons as well a need to ensure that our homes are filled with real investments and not throw away purchases, vintage and antiques are more popular than ever.