Interiors, decorative arts & lifestyle

Interiors, decorative arts & lifestyle have been an important strand since my first job, as a reporter and editor on The Diplomat magazine, for which I wrote and art-directed interiors features on historic ambassadorial residences.

With Thames & Hudson Ltd., I edited and wrote captions for Alastair Hull and Nicolas Barnard’s book Living with Kilims, with photography by James Merrel.

I devised, art-directed and wrote interiors features for The Magazine, a leading London property and lifestyle monthly in the 80s and early 90s, edited by Lisa Freedman. Later, I worked as a sub on House & Garden under editor Robert Harling, at Condé Nast.

After moving to France, I translated a monograph on the architecture and interiors of the mansion of the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium in Brussels (Petraco Pandora, 1995), and a series of titles for Flammarion, including:

French Country Style at Home, and French Seaside Style (2010, 2011)

Distinctive country and seaside retreats, described and photographed by Sébastien Sireaudeau.

Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors (2007)

A monograph on the work of the iconic Flemish decorator and designer, by Armelle Baron, with photography by Christian Sarramon.

Liaigre (2008)

A lavish study of the life and work of decorator Christian Liaigre, by Thomas Luntz, with photography by Philippe Piter.

Highland Living (2015)

French broadcaster and heritage specialist Stéphane Bern, with Franck Ferrand and Angelika Cawdor, on the refurbishment and revival of a legendary Scottish castle. Photography by Guillaume de Laubier.

Moroccan Textile Embroidery (2003)

Textile expert Isabelle Denamur’s authoritative account of the history and styles of traditional Moroccan embroideries, by city and region.

Home Chic, decorating with style (2013)

Bo-ho Paris interiors by designer India Mahdavi.

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide (2011)

As the (perhaps somewhat unlikely) English voice of Ines de la Fressange, I translated the first edition of her mega best-selling Style Guide, and updated subsequent editions and spin-offs.