SILK TAFFETA CURTAINS EMBROIDERED INBLUE, with an unstructured blind behind to guard against glaring light or sunlight. In the foreground, crushed velvet and blue check--also velvet--cover the chairs, the blue relieved by pistachio green, silk cushions. The walls in this New York apartment are stencilled blue on blue. The colour scheme harmonises, or contrasts with, the green trees of Central Park beyond and the grey, staggered skyscrapers .
A perfect day with the sun shining ...a swan on the Serpentine in Hyde Park is unperturbed by the delighted shrieks of terror coming from the Winter Wonderland fairground, now an annual prelude to Christmas.
I have yet to see the Cy
Twombly ceiling at the Louvre and there areso many marvels to gape at….!
When in Paris, I always try to go toPrunier, 16 Avenue Victor Hugo, 75016,
Paris, the most elegant Art Deco room, delicious food and Prunier caviar
delectable – and French!
Liwan, rue St. Suplice, 75006, Paris is a cornucopia of slippers, sandals,
tablecloths, scarves and kaftans, and jewellery from the Lebanon –
perfect for presents and indulgence. Johnny Depp and Mick Jagger are customers
[Lou lou de la Falaise designed jewellery pieces for Liwan].
Go to Mouliefor flowers - fresh, colourful,
plentiful [an auxillary shop sells orchids] – the best and in a very handsome
URBAN BLIGHT MATURE TREES CUT DOWN & KNIGHTSBRIDGE DARKENED!
Ebury Street and Cundy Street, London,
Johnson House is about to be pulled down, no great loss [a
utilitarian but ugly building], it will be replaced by flats with an adequately
designed, modernist façade overlooking Ebury Square, and a dismal facade on
Ebury Street – an uninspired attempt to fit in with the terraced houses and TODAY THEY ARE CUTTING DOWN SEVEN MATURE
Alas, I became aware of this new urban blight too late, after
Westminster Council had granted
planning permission. The existing space between the building line and the
pavement is to be gobbled up, puny new trees are to be planted on the pavement.
It is despairing how the planners, the architects and the developer
do not ‘get it’ and have come up with yet another banal solution - and boy, are
there a lot of these in London!
No.1 Hyde Park, Knightsbridge
Many a Londoner watched in horror while these buildings were
built and overwhelmed their surroundings – now they are complete, you can judge
No. 1. Hyde Park has
fetched record prices for its apartments but it is an urban blight. Qatari investors or the Candy Brothers cannot
be blamed nor, indeed, Richard Rogers, he is, after all, a world-renowned architect
of talent. The culprit is Kensington & Chelsea
Council for allowing buildings to be erected which need double the land
area to ‘breathe’ and for substituting a pleasant central entrance into Hyde Park for a slip entrance [which is easy to miss], a
dark and dingy passage leading to the park.