The Ned – this looks superb

The Ned is a new hotel in the City of London, carved from the former Midland Bank designed by Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens. The public areas look fantastic:   The full story and images are on Dezeen.com, here.

Where once was glamour… @execupundit

… there is now a down at heel bus station.  Michael Wade rediscovers the joy of modern air travel.

Provence blue

Somewhere, deep in the heart of that region lies an ancient workshop that produces paint solely for the shutters and doors of Provence.  The secretive craftsmen – some say they are les gnomes – work almost entirely in shades and shards of blue, from a secret recipe rumoured to comprise three parts sky and two parts […]

This on the South of France from Sippican Cottage, via Execupundit … “I’m going to get up every morning and shave over a basin and then put on a suit. Sharp. I’m going to walk down a street made of little stones. There will be baskets of flowers depending from iron hooks mortared into the stuccoed […]

Amazing staircase by Oscar Niemeyer

Isn’t this simply, elegantly beautiful? photo: todd eberle The Palace of Itamaraty, Brasilia, Oscar Niemeyer, 1970 From Exercices de Style, via Madame Scherzo

Shakespeare and Company, Paris

From Book Mania!, this pic of the wonderfully ramshackle, chaotic Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.  I was there a couple of weeks ago and it’s delightful: upstairs, between the bookshelves are beds, typewriters and a piano.  In a tiny, open-windowed room overlooking the Seine and Notre-Dame, a small group were sharing a poetry reading.  In […]

We didn't lock the door

“If we were not at home, we used to leave the broom against the door as a sign.  If our neighbours wanted to drop by for a coffee, they saw that no one was at home.” Different place, different time.  I love this post from pkettunen. I grew up in the countryside too, though I […]

We didn’t lock the door

“If we were not at home, we used to leave the broom against the door as a sign.  If our neighbours wanted to drop by for a coffee, they saw that no one was at home.” Different place, different time.  I love this post from pkettunen. I grew up in the countryside too, though I […]

The living stone of Gaudi’s Barcelona

via Pinterest.

The living stone of Gaudi’s Barcelona

via Pinterest.

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