There is something about food cooking on a barbeque. It’s a bit like toast or fried onion – the aroma wafts across vast distances, teasing you and drawing you closer. It hardly seems to matter what you’re cooking on a barbeque. It can be as plain as toast or the best culinary delights you can muster – the aroma will..
There is something about crystal. It’s beautiful to look at and even more gorgeous when the light catches it. A stunning cut crystal vase can be compared to a diamond … cut and clarity help determine the sparkle. Just as Cubic Zirconias are the fakes of the diamond world, cut glass can be the imposter in the world of..
In interior design terms, window treatments mean anything that covers windows and doors …drapes, shutters or blinds. Hold on guys … don’t click away… you could learn a thing or two here. Like most things, window treatments have evolved over time. Homeowners in the 18th Century had a very different view on the subject than what we do now…
I thought I’d heard just about everything…but I have just learnt there are parts of the finer side of life that I’m just not yet acquainted with. I’m talking about cigars and the pastime and culture of enjoying them. Maybe for me there is no enjoyment here as I find the smell unpleasant, but for many they are..
Does a reverse sham channel quilted throw-over sound like a complicated gymnastic move?. Well its not, it’s a bed cover, but you may need all the skill and agility of a gymnast to install it in the confines of a boat! In this article I aim to navigate you through the mysteries of bedding and..
The desire to create attractive and comfortable surroundings in which we live and play is a natural characteristic of human nature. It probably all started with cave dwellers hanging an animal skin over a doorway. This would have provided privacy and some warmth and the wish for more creature comforts such as a bed or..
Dropping a can of tomatoes onto a timber floor leaves a lasting and enduring impression, so a colleague of mine found out. Had the can dropped on tiles, concrete or slate flooring, the can may have come off worse for wear. On the other hand, a glass has more chance of surviving a fall onto vinyl or carpeting than it..
Access to running water has always influenced the hierarchy of society. If you have running water, as most of us do, you are therefore likely to have all the conveniences of modern sanitary care. We can no doubt all imagine, and may even have experienced at some time, what it is like to live without running water. A camping trip is a..
Slick kitchens don’t necessarily turn out food to match. They may be beautiful to look at and fitted with all the latest appliances, but what is produced is still very much up to the operator. A client recently told me that her oven smelt of plastic when she used it. On further questioning, I discovered that the oven was three..
We use our outdoor areas as another room – an extension of the home or superyacht – and tend to furnish them in much the same way. The garden and outdoor area often reflect the home’s architecture; likewise our choice of outdoor furniture often reflects the style of indoor furnishings we have. My own small outdoor courtyard is testimony to this…