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Mothering Sunday

By |March 29th, 2017|

Did you know that Mothering Sunday is not the same thing as Mother’s Day in the States only with with a different date? Our Mothering Sunday falls on the third Sunday in Lent and is more a Christian tradition than a celebration of motherhood.

One explanation has it that Mothering Sunday originated in the days when […]

Return to Portobello Road Project

By |March 29th, 2017|

This week I invited myself for a cup of coffee with the client owner for whom we acquired a charming house on Portobello Road as a fixer upper two years ago. To my surprise, the builder’s hoarding is still up. Painted a tasteful shade of grey, this squat wooden cabin is still planted firmly […]

Propertyferrret up and running again!

By |March 29th, 2017|

Dear Readers,

Apologies for the lack of posts, but Propertyferret has had computer issues, owning an old iMac computer, but a new phone and iPad, none of which supported each other. This made posting anything with photos very difficult. All is now upgraded and my promise to you for 2017 is:

To post weekly on a Sunday […]

Fresh faced and ready for 2016. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Productive New Year!

By |December 11th, 2015|

Paint It Black

By |November 27th, 2015|

“I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colours anymore, I want them to turn black”

Walking into Powis Square where Nick Roeg filmed Mick Jagger in “Performance” and where there is a veritable storm cloud of sultry,black -painted houses

Want to make your house look cool? Paint it black. A little bit dangerous, […]

Fifty Shades of Anything But Grey

By |July 11th, 2015|

In the last few years every developer has been decorating with the same palette. It is a take on Scandinavian design, which appeals very widely, and usually involves wood floors with a greyish wash, grey walls, a grey kitchen, and, my pet hate, a slightly shiny grey quilted bed cover. It has got to the […]

Portobello Project

By |April 30th, 2015|

This is a house we have recently found off market and acquired for a client. It is super cute, with a small garden at the back, and a beautiful terrace facing West over the Portobello Road on the top. The owner wanted to be right in the centre of everything, so had made up her […]

Magnolia Time in Notting Hill

By |April 30th, 2015|

Early spring brings the magical weeks when London streets are adorned with the flowers of that showiest and most glamorous of trees, the magnolia. In a chilly but sunny spring with little rain or wind, the blooms are preserved in their waxen beauty for maybe a fortnight – intense but fleeting.

Magnolia stellata – these are […]