Tuesday, 24 September 2013

mirror, mirror, on the wall...

As I get older I get less and less keen to spend any serious time in front of a mirror...as I'm sure we all do. But, I still love me a good mirror for decorative purposes. And here are just a few on my recent lust list...

 A few personal faves from Belgian designer Herve van der Straeton via Ralph Pucci

 Brass mirrors by Japanese designer Morie Nishimura & NIAA

 The Domestic and Scie mirrors from Domestic

 Francis mirror by Constance Guisset

William Emmerson via Ralph Pucci

 Blue resin mirror by Louis Durot

 Reve mirror from by Koket

 Miroir Facette by Ingrid Donat

A couple by Marianna Kennedy

 A few beauties by UK based Sam Orlando Miller

A selection of designs by French designer Hubert Le Gall

Jacques Adnet mirrors via Gubi

Plasterwork mirror by Stephen Antonson

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Long weekend...

Happy mid Autumn festival to my Hong Kong readers! I'm quite looking forward to 3 days of chilling out at home and doing a bit of baking.

I thought I'd leave you with these images as I'm finding them very inspiring at the moment, and they feel a bit autumnal. Sorry for the bad scan quality, they were torn out from a magazine ages ago...

Monday, 16 September 2013


Regular readers of this blog will know my issue with buying vintage and antiques in Hong Kong, and will be equally familiar with my love for mixing furnishings and art from various eras and styles.  Well, I've met a kindred spirit in Authentiques founder, Kate Davies. Not only do we love to mix and antique and modern, but we also share the same maiden name, and we're both from Melbourne!

Kate started out as a TV news reporter in Australia before making her way to Hong Kong and transitioning to public relations and events in the banking world. 16 years later, Kate is now embarking on a new venture, although the passion and experience with antiques is hardly new at all.

Raised in a home decorated by parents with an innate sense of style and a genuine passion for antiques and history, Kate says she is never happier than when in their home, and tries to find a similar ambiance wherever she is in the world.

The Authentiques gallery space in the colourful neighbourhood of Sheung Wan opened earlier this year after years of Kate offering a personalised antique shopping service and a successful pop-up store at the beginning of the year.

By specialising in one of a kind pieces of furniture and decorative arts from the 18th and 19th Century from the UK and Europe, the gallery is also a one of a kind in Hong Kong.

Kate plans to host educational discussions about valuing antiques and collectables, antique appreciation, restoring antiques, the furniture of Kings and Queens and their servants, plus in-depth conversations with well-known collectors and experts. Made-to-measure personal purchasing services, unique overseas trips, buying at auction or from dealers are all topics on the agenda as well.  

The gallery is open on Sundays or by appointment, or head over on a Wednesday evening like I did, for a naughty mid-week drink (or two).

Rafael de Cárdenas

I discovered the work of Rafael de Cárdenas this morning through the Dering Hall website...and I'm in lust!

Monday, 2 September 2013


I have some very exciting news to share with you all...finally! Those of you who have seen some of the changes with the blog interface, and the addition of the "Learn" page up the top may have already clued on...

INSIGHT is a brand new school about to launch in Hong Kong, but its no ordinary school...it is Asia's only specialist Interior Design school, with a very hands-on approach to learning. And yours truly will be one of the lecturers! The concept (and the lady) behind this is so inspiring, and I feel truly honored to be counted amongst these highly talented and extremely qualified lecturers in the founding group.

Go check out my profile and some of the amazing short courses that are on offer, starting in November. The first intake of the Diploma course will be late next year. So...if you've been interested in changing careers but couldn't find the right course...or you know someone else who may be interested - head on over to the webiste HERE and check it out.