I love paisley on all sorts of levels.  It’s a curious thing.

The basic motif or buteh comes from Persia but the name comes from Scotland. 

The poshest goods have it as a pattern and yet it’s often been used as a symbol of decadence and rebellion by everyone from Oscar Wilde to John Lennon, who had his Rolls Royce painted in bright yellow and paisley. 

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Grey is evergreen.

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling a little dazzled and sun-blind after what’s been the brightest summer in years.  As the calendar swings round again to back to school I’ve been seeing the beauties of cloudy skies as I shop for sixth form suits for my boys. 

All of which has led me to contemplate the subtle beauties of grey.

Being half-way between black and white, grey is described a colour "without color.” Though of course anyone with an eye can see there are infinite different shades of grey, its relative neutrality makes it a perfect partner for so many other colours. 

It can play a support role without pushiness.

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Keepin' it real.

I’ve been looking at a lot of beautiful children’s places/playrooms on Instagram recently.

Man, they’ve changed since I was a girl! They’re just so darned perfect & well put together. So neat. So just so …. ‘just so’.

I keep expecting an actual Unicorn to appear out of the perfectly concealed flush wall storage and gallop round the room with a gleaming golden C3PO in a cowboy hat and chaps on its back.

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Why is wallpaper like cake?

Victoria sponge was always my favourite cake.

Yes, there’s the fact my dad told me it was named after me when I was a kid, which made my sister furiously jealous – both things that gave me enormous pleasure.

But more than that there’s something so delicious about the simple elegance of vanilla sponge, cream, jam and a light dusting of icing sugar. 

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Grim up North? Don’t be daft!

I’ll never forget holding the first roll of my wallpaper that came off the printing press. 

I’d thought long and hard about the design, spent weeks sketching, pondering the balance of realistic versus cute dinosaurs, agonizing over shades and colour combinations, researching the relative benefits of different weights of paper, imagining how the finished product would look…  

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What’s so great about Spitfire planes?

Well, let me tell you. 

As I write this 100 planes have just flown over Buckingham Palace to celebrate 100 years and 100 days since the RAF was formed on 1st April 1918. 

More than 2 dozen different planes took part including 22 Typhoons in the formation of the number 100, and one of the two remaining ‘Dambuster’ Lancaster bombers still flying. 

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Business is personal.

‘If you just want to make money, go buy property: if you want a happy life in business, make relationships.’ 

Simon Brown, Senior lecturer at Harvard Business School

I’ve been in business for 9 years now, and when I started I had the impression that it was going to be about driving deals, ‘leveraging best practice’, ‘establishing core competencies’ and ‘thinking outside the box’. 

Serious, business- like activities that would carry me through the grown-up world of business as I strode about in my padded-shoulder suit and fierce red lipstick. A bit like Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.

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