The new edition of Lonny contains a story on Cath Kidston's London home.
Now many seem to like that red living room. Others have some criticisms of this edition. I do like a good on-line evisceration, check out My Favourite and My Best and If the Lampshade Fits for some entertainment.
But what I liked the very most was this brilliant Mies Van Der Rohe style super modern extension to her old home. I love the contrast between ancient and new, especially that view out onto the old brick wall.
This part is not at all what I would expect of Ms Kidston. Let's face it a little Cath Kidston goes a very long way. I am glad she takes my advice and applies her lovely florals in moderation.
I love glass boxes. Partly because I live in one at home. There is something about the combination of large walls of glass and a grassy outlook. Here are two more I rather like:
Farnsworth House by Mies Van Der Rohe
The Glass House by Philip Johnson (1949)
The other room I loved was her master bedroom. This is quite a conservative room, and I think that is okay. It is still really restful, incorporates a wonderful antique really well, and still has little modern touches. I can relate to this mainly because I actually don't want my bedroom to be faddy and super trendy. I also agree with her view that the bedroom is a place for very special things. Just don't keep them in your bedside table drawer. That is very first place the burglars look. Trust me, I know.
And this is her red living room which is certainly eye catching but am not sure I could live in it. I like her art work though.
Whenever I am in London I visit one of her shops. She also ships to Australia, although the shipping costs are extortionate. I tend to prefer her little bags and accessories rather than the major items like bedlinen.
In particular, I love her IPhone cases. I have searched high \ low for one which will assist me to stop confusing my phone with everyone else's.
I have also just ordered this wallpaper, to cover a hideous brown Ikea shelf in my daughter's room. I am doing wallpaper outside, and paint inside the shelves. Mainly because I think it will be easier. I will show you once I have done it.