Looking Ahead….


Having failed completely to get my act together sufficiently during the past few weeks to post my Christmas list, here it is in all its acquisitive glory… fingers crossed for 2013…!

TAKASHI MURAKAMI  Not yet titled, 2012  Acrylic on canvas mounted on board 74 13/16 x 60 1/4 inches  (190 x 153 cm)  © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.


A print by Takashi Murakami.  A one-man show is currently showing at the Hong Kong outpost of mega-gallery Gagosian.

Jonathan Adler Tray 2.

Lacquer Trays from Jonathan Adler  (£225)

Rene Lalique Soudan Vase 1928


A 1920’s Lalique vase (Soudan vase pictured, £800-£1000). Bonham’s is the place to find it.

Chris Levine Lightness of Being


Queen Elizabeth II The Lightness of Being by Chris Levine. 2007 is one of my favourite contemporary works of art and I would love a print of my own – the one they have in the collection at the Groucho Club is the perfect size.

Portobello Road Gin


Copious amounts of Portobello Road Gin. They even do classes (£100) where you learn about gin, and get to make your own blend. I daren’t, as it shall lead me to ruin…



Living in a small space forces one to be extremely disciplined about acquiring items as one has first to think about where that item will live, given that space is at a premium. Therefore buying furniture that serves a purpose other than its main function is vital to creating an uncluttered and clean space.

I’ve been looking for ages to combine the functions of footstool, additional guest seating and, with the addition of some chic trays, a coffee table… and the Ottoman is the answer to my interior design prayers. I have finally ordered one which fits the bill perfectly, and at an extremely inexpensive price.

The Bouji Ottoman (pictured) is available at www.made.com for the sum of £149 plus delivery, which let’s face it is the cost of a night out these days. An agonising wait of up to 14 weeks lies ahead, but like all good things, the wait will be worth it.

In the meantime, I will be keeping an eye out for some chic lacquer trays, or possibly even a white marble platter to sit upon the upholstered top for items such as cups and magazines, or a small posy of flowers. I’ve seen some chic trays at Jonathan Adler which are worthy of further inspection, or I might even venture to Portobello Road to find something a little more idiosyncratic.