Family life, Looks I love

Bold tropical leaves

This Martinique Wallpaper with its big banana leaves was designed especially for the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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It’s used in the Fountain Coffee Room and gives a very breezy, tropical feel.

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I went for this look in our bathroom, where I made a blind from some fabric purchased in Fiji. Giant philodendron leaves add a bright touch to an otherwise very plain, all white bathroom.

Here is a lovely beach home with big tropical prints. Designed by Krista Ewart the prints are mixed with whites to give a bright and breezy feel.

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I love this large leaf shaped bowl by Georg Jensen. So much so that I bought one for a very good friend’s 40th.

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Family life, Looks I love

Inpiration: industrious bees

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Bees are my heroes. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply is pollinated by insects, predominantly bees. We’d never survive without them.

One day I would love to have my own bee hive – a bit impossible at the moment – though I have considered having a hive on the balcony. Not sure whether the neighbours would like it though.

I first became aware of bees as a design motif back in 1986 when Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew. I remember being fascinated by the fact that her shoes and the train on her wedding dress were embroidered with bees – among other things. They were a reference to the bee on the Ferguson family coat of arms.

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Napoleon used the bee in his insignia as well. La Rochere – the oldest glass factory in France still makes Bee glassware based on a set of glasses owned by Napoleon.

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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Bees and their hives have inspired designers for centuries. This Beehive Beverage Jar from Sur la table would look wonderful on any buffet.

Yum – a Honey-Glazed Beehive Cake from Martha Stewart.

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This Hive design in Lime from Flora and Fauna by Patty Young shows bees busy at work.

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This Queen Bee Pillow from Etsy seller WordGarden in graphic black and white would look great in any bee lover’s home.