London 1927

I’m sure a lot of you have already seen this video but if you haven’t you should.  It is lovely footage of London filmed in 1926 (although often noted as 1927) by  Claude Friese-Greene.  Not only is it amazing to see the cars, people, buildings and monuments but I find the colors particularly amazing and am feeling very inspired.  Click on the images below to link to the video.  Best watched on a rainy day.

Old Color Photos of London in 1927 (1)

Old Color Photos of London in 1927 (2)The colors in the video reminded me of this beautiful color way of Zoffany’s printed velvet Arden.

zoffany6I am also really smitten by the color of the interior of this 1927 Bugatti.



African Yoruba Textiles


The great thing about having this blog is that it is forcing me to look around and re-discover all of the amazing things i have collected over the years.  On a trip to London a few years back I was able to purchase a handful of African fabrics from one of my favorite antique stores Guinevere (more on their vegetable dyed linens later!).  My favorites are these Yoruba Indigo Stripweaves from the west.  The colors, textures and scale are all amazing.  Also below are the most beautiful photos by A.James from the early 1900’s.  These photos were taken from and show similar fabrics.  If you are interested in learning more about African Textiles check out this beautiful book by John Gillow.