The English rose is legendary — and never more beautifully captured than in a book with Oxfordshire connections. Spirit of the Rose is the kind of book that keeps you turning the pages and gasping in admiration at the most stunning images created by photographer David Lloyd and styled by art graduate Annie Beagent, from Witney.
The style that dominated architecture and interior design in the 1930s was Art Deco. It is claimed that Art Deco began in Paris in 1925. The French are often better than us at displaying their love of art and chic lifestyle. The Exposition International des Art Decoratifs at Industriel Modernes was no exception. The style it celebrated spread around the world from New York to Shanghai and from London to Mumbai (Bombay).
February is often a dank month with plenty of water around in one form or another. Cold spells may bring sparkling hoar frosts when ice crystals form on branches, twigs and grasses that have been chilled to freezing temperatures overnight, producing a magical winter scene on a bright morning.
When the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, rose from the sea on an oyster shell and gave birth to Eros the winged cherub, later to be named Cupid, a myth that was to secure the oysters undisputed role as an aphrodisiac was born.
Design gurus are predicting there will be a return to some sleek, sassy sophistication in our homes this year. They are suggesting that shabby chic and painted floorboards will be out, along with chandeliers, white painted furniture and large floral patterns.