Archive : May 2011

30 May 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

I follow Trendland, and there has been a LOT of black and white cropping up lately…I mean a LOT.  It’s a classic we never tire of, it can be wonderfully modern, or completely over the top.

Stripes and ‘sploges’ are really the best.  Richard Wright’s installation at the Dean Gallery in Scotland was magic.

Love this surrealist take on the Breton sailor top.

And, everything Janet Wardley does for Harvey Nichols windows is genius.

I might be cribbing this sometime soon…as you will see below, these simple graphics are enchanting when done on mass scale.

I’ve long admired the ceilings of the Ephrussi de Rothschild Palazzo now owned by the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France.   Its a treat that the French generally let one take pics in their historical houses since guide books are usually so focused on the fine arts!  The arcade is covered with fine decorative line work, the whole effect being that of inlaid ivory really.  It warrants a visit should you find yourself in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat any time soon.

25 May 2011
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

NH Design Home has launched on 1st Dibs with an exclusive selection of  sourced and handpicked items by myself. The items reflect the taste and style of the whimsical elegance and theatrical elements epitomized in the interiors I create.

My friend, Michael Bruno founded 1st Dibs in 2000 as an online Antique and Fine Art website, thus enabling decorators and dealers to have an alternative method of sourcing selected pieces, whilst allowing a wider audience to buy for themselves iconic unique items.

The items posted will also be available to be viewed online and updated regularly as well as other selected pieces on the soon to be launched NH Design Antiques webpage. If you would like further information on any item, contact the office by telephone: 0207 730 0808 or e-mail

23 May 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Beaton knew only too well, the allure of a haze of gauze, which was surely why he used it enticingly in his photographs of Aldous Huxley with his beguiling barely there smile.

Personally, I am too easily enticed by it.  I wear it, decorate with it, dream about it…gauze that is…well maybe Huxley too but that’s another story.

One sweep and everything enchants.

And yes, I’ve done this many times.  Once almost burnt the house down, and in fact Nicky DID set one ablaze once.  

It worked for Miss Havisham

SO SO pretty by Galliano…

Ripped is ever better, especially London style…(the girls here often sport holes in their tights)

Bronze…well even better!


And more is better still…

Because less just ISN”T more when it comes to gauze…

Unless it’s Autumn de Wilde behind the lens.

19 May 2011
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

I was absolutely thrilled to have won the Great Interiors award last night from Spear’s Magazine at their Design for Living Awards 2011.  It was a glittering evening of terrific company, hosted by William Cash, presented by Peter York, and my award presented by Lady Kinvara Balfour…. such an honor to be chosen!   I was able to share the accolades with friends such as Steven Webster, Nadjya Swarovski, and Solange Azagury-Partridge.  And made some new friends such as Ian Hart who is the brains behind Sacred Gin which I urge you to discover! I myself discovered Purity Vodka which is delicious, it hails from Malmo Sweden, hometown of our very own Beata Heauman.

16 May 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director