Interior design

The curious rise of cottagecore

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Cottagecore, not to be confused with cottaging, is an aspirational lifestyle trend. The word is relatively new —although you’ll find…

How will Carrie cope with the hideousness of Chequers?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Zut alors! The court of King Boris gets more like Versailles each day. With some talcum powder on that ramshackle…

The rise of blocked-off design

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Plexiglass bubbles hover over diners’ heads in restaurants. Plastic pods, spaced six feet apart, separate weightlifters in gyms. Partitions of…

Coloured proof from ‘English as She is Spoke’ by Pedro Carolino, 1960, by Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden is deservedly one of Britain’s most popular 20th century artists

9 June 2018 9:00 am

‘When I’m on good form,’ Edward Bawden told me, ‘I get to some point in the design and I laugh…

Domestic harmony: Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, ‘a work of art in itself’

Lemons and pebbles are as important to Kettle’s Yard as the art

10 February 2018 9:00 am

When I first visited Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, I was shown around by Jim Ede, its founder and creator. This wasn’t…

You can’t keep your eyes off Iris

Fashion tips - and replacement hips - from a nonagenarian style icon: Iris reviewed

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Iris is a documentary portrait of Iris Apfel, the nonagenarian New York fashion icon. Nope, me neither, but that’s irrelevant,…

Dear Mary: I know an interior designer socially, but is it acceptable to ask her advice?

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Q. A close friend is dating a renowned decorator. Meanwhile, on a limited budget, I am trying to smarten up…

Cecil Beaton with Mickey the cat, Reddish house (self-portrait)

The genius of Cecil Beaton’s interiors

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The odds were a hundred to one against him. Brought up in bourgeois Bayswater by genteel parents, Cecil Beaton was…