My favourite things at the moment: Exotic pink pineapples, coral, display boxes, Alain Resnais, unusual re-purposed spaces, Amalfi lemons and cakes.
- I finally visited Columbia Rd Flower Market in East London yesterday, so, so stunning and slightly overwhelming. The very best thing I happened upon were these extraordinary beauties – pink dwarf pineapples. I had no idea such things existed, surely they suggest cultivation for a particularly demanding dandy aristocrat? As I’ve had a bit of an obsession with pineapples in home design I was tickled pink by them. I’m hoping I can dry them successfully so I can display them in our bedroom.
- Not cheap but very lovely and soon to be in stock at Cox and Cox, I love this display box £50 and faux coral £16. They are a simple but great way to cheat curios in your living space and would fit in perfectly amongst the natural history in our living room.
- To mark the sad passing of wonderful French New Wave film director Alain Resnais last week I shall be re-watching his most famous films Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad for the first time in years, a true auteur and first class master of subtlety, fragility and the fractured nature of human identity.
- Nothing says Spring to me like freshly baked lemon drizzle cake with a cup of tea in a sun spot in the garden. And this week my online grocery treat was Amalfi Lemons, as it’s my first cake bake of the year I also treated us to a sprinkling of lavender sugar on top – life affirmingly lush!
- I love the unusual re-use of spaces that have been reclaimed for another purpose and have come across a few gems of this ilk recently. My best friend sent me this wonderful pic of an old theatre turned into a bookshop in Buenos Aires called Al Ateneo Grand Splendid (I would be in heaven if I ever visited this place), and I also love The Michigan Theatre in Detroit which is now used as a car park, intriguing, eerie and kind of beautiful.