Josef Frank

A couple of weeks ago I had fun visiting the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey to see the Josef Frank exhibition. I have long admired Frank’s textile designs and it is a treat to have an exhibition devoted to him in London – the first ever in the United Kingdom. Frank was an architect,… Read more »


I do like a resolution, whether it’s at the start of a new year or at the end of a summer holiday. I like something to get my teeth into, the chance to start something afresh. This year one of my resolutions is to sort out any lingering clutter in our house. It has been… Read more »

Researching Parsonage House

This month my subject might not seem very obviously design-related – I am writing about researching the history of our house. I have been curious about the history of our old Cambridgeshire parsonage since the first time we viewed the house. When was it built? Who built it? What did it look like when it… Read more »

La Porte Anglaise News

It’s been a little while since I last posted on the blog. We enjoyed a wonderful summer break, spending lots of family time home and away. I was getting ready to do a back-to-school theme for September on children’s rooms (short version: no Superman or My Little Pony themes), but then September got away from… Read more »

Before and After – Part II

entry hall parsonage

Before and After – Part II Following on from the design and decoration of the salon in our old Cambridgeshire parsonage we moved onto the adjacent room and to something a little more radical. On entering the front door of our house the stairs are directly in front, going straight up in a surprisingly steep… Read more »

Before and After – Part I

la porte anglaise waves and circles chair

From the smallest room to the largest room – next on our list of decorating projects at Parsonage House was the living room, or ‘salon’ as it’s known in our Franglais household. This room was added onto the original house not long after the house was built (the exterior brickwork is virtually seamless) and, according… Read more »

Inspired by…Kettle’s Yard

kettles yard house

We live about 30 minutes from Cambridge. It’s a lovely town to have on our doorstep, offering a wealth of art and culture, great shops, and nice restaurants. Plus, it’s very pretty, with cobbled streets, all those ancient college buildings, and the river Cam running through the middle. I first visited Cambridge when I was… Read more »

The Smallest Room

green powder room

From what we understood the previous owners of our house had bought it as an investment when the housing market was relatively low and had undertaken some fundamental renovation projects like replacing the aluminium windows with good fitting wooden ones more in-keeping with the style and period of the house; overhauling the central heating system; and… Read more »

Top Ten Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

My Top Ten Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer Inspired by a few kind comments on my last blog post with regard to my desire to wave an interior design wand and have everything in my own home finished and lovely looking it made me think about how having an interior designer working for you… Read more »


cambridge magazine homefront

    Thank you Cambridge Magazine for including a little piece about me in the ‘Home Front’ section of the February issue, and also running it in the Weekend section of Cambridge News. Read the article here.