Let's all step back in time here. Remember BP (Before Pinterest)? We used to purchase magazines (none were available on line), and we used to tear things out that we found interesting, put them in a stack somewhere for future reference and then forget about them.

Nowadays, we log onto Pinterest instead, virtually pin images that bounce from blog to blog and pinner to pinner, build up enormous online files that become so big we forget what we've already pinned and pin the same image multiple times. And naturally, we feel very productive while we're doing so.

While clearing up and throwing out (which frankly seems to have become my life - how do I continue to have so much stuff after so many enormous purges?) I came across a stack of tear sheets, which must be around 6 years old. I would have torn them out while trying to rationalise Interiors magazines, and most of these images come from English House and Garden, my favourite decorating magazine.

I think these have stood the test of time, so I thought I'd post them.

Firstly a flat in Eaton Place, Belgravia (London) designed by decorator Christopher Leach for himself - a one bedroom bachelor pad with a tiny kitchen. A few images that I liked:

De Gournay chinoiserie wallpaper  panels framed, love the touch of pink 
Library with beautiful armchair

Tiny kitchen in a cupboard
Next is a flat, in West London (exact location not specified), designed for a single woman by Helen Green, and is a beautifully calm space in neutrals, quietly glamorous.

framed De Gournay wallpaper panels

Looking through to the dining area
Custom designed cabinet to house the sound system

Chaise in the bay window of the bedroom, with a beautiful dressing table

 Lastly, an outdoor entertaining space in Sydney, featured in Vogue Living (I think.... this was the only page I tore out and it is unmarked). I seem to think that this was decorated by Cameron Kimber, but I may be wrong, so if you do know, please leave me a comment so I can correct it.

Edit: Janelle thinks it may be Robin Holt's house, from Vogue Living, which she decorated herself. Thanks Janelle!

I love the detailing of the timber veranda, the shells lined up in a tray on the wicker side table, and the striped and very comfortable looking chaises. I can imagine lounging here with a Pimm's on a Summers afternoon. Sigh. My house is a long way from that point at the moment!

I'll try to post some more of my tear sheets over the weekend.


  1. I might be being biased but these are so nice! Plus I haven't seen these on pinterest...I remember that issue of the Helen green flat. Funny I was going thru my tearaways and I did a huge edit. I threw some away thinking I was bound to find it on pinterest and oh no, can not find it so I regret binning it.

    It was a competitive illustration on picture frames that I thought was so clever. So actually like you said it seems like it is very much 6 degrees of house decor separation and goes no further.

    Taught me I gotta keep hard copies.

    Look forward to seeing your other tearaways and if you have the frame compare ( bc it was from UK h & G) then please share! Xx

    1. Well, I found some tearsheets from 14 years ago.... they do look a little bit dated now I have to say, so I think there's probably a limit!

      I think people on the internet have become very influenced by American design style - it saturates technology as they have been so quick on the uptake with new interfaces (such as digital magazines, and allowing access to watermarked photos in their archives). I really think this has been to the detriment of other design styles (aside from whatever the Americans are loving at the time, such as "French Provincial" style, which is often quite a long way from that style anyway).

      I'll post some more - they are quite interesting, and I don't think I've ever seen them on the internet either. xx

  2. Loved the tear sheets. I tore out a very similar library photo - I love how the books go over the doorway. Not sure though if it would work in our current house (it would have in the old homestead I was renovating at the time though!) Framing wall paper panels was very in at one point - I am sure it would still work beautifully now to be honest, I just never tried it.

    I always think the little kitchens look so clever and cute using so little space. Then in NY I had to use one and you are really pushed to do more than make a cup of tea!

    I hope you have a fabulous weekend Heidi.

    1. I love the books over the doorway too. It was interesting that both of those flats featured the framed wallpaper - probably a good compromise. If you put de Gournay wallpaper in the whole room it would cost around $15,000- $20,000!

      Agree with you re the small kitchens.... fine for toast and tea, and after that I think they'd be horrible! Enjoy your weekend T xx

  3. Dear Father, forgive me I have sinned. I have a big cardboard box of Vogue Entertaining mags dated 1982-1990 that I just can't bring myself to toss out. To keep MOTH off the scent I have written 'Treasured Momentos - DO NOT THROW OUT' on the side in big black texta. Maybe, just maybe, chicken vol-au-vents & smoked salmon roll-ups with the ends dipped in dill will be big again. Amen.
    Millie xx
    PS I love your Pinterest boards!

    1. Dying laughing Millie - those Vogue entertaining mags could make MOTH a lot of money if he were to find them and eBay them!! Pleeeeaaaaase post some pics - maybe you could even do a lovely dinner party using the recipes and blog about it. Hilarious! xx

  4. Dear Heidi
    Specially love rooms with serious bookcases and real books, including over doorways. But not the white covered or similar old French books often seen in American deco versions of French provincial, artfully tied in the right old string or ribbon which one suspects were just bought for appearance and not to read. And yes the Helen Green kitchen nook is gorgeous and would be perfect for tea and toast. But the oven is probably like Carrie's: used for shoe storage. Because, can you imagine cooking a roast or oven grill without an extractor fan in such a beautiful room with all those books! They and the lovely bookcases and walls would very quickly have a coating of fat or oil particles.

    Have folders and folders of tearsheets - must do some culling too. But usually when I try I end up spending hours looking through all the wonderful images and only manage to throw out a few. Also love the de Gournay wallpaper and have lots of tearsheets with different versions. But have too many paintings, lithographs, icons etc to use, even if it was more affordable. Best wishes and happy weekend, Pamela

    1. Hello Pamela, I've been thinking about three panels framed of the De Gournay wallpaper in our study. Borrowed the wallpaper books, and thought hard about it, but still haven't done anything else about it. Maybe this year!

      Agree with you about the books - the Interior Decorator with all those books in the Eaton Square flat was noted in the text as collecting decorating and art books, certainly there are a lot there! Hate seeing interiors with stupid piles of flaking paperbacks artfully arranged, or worse, with all the spines turned to the back so that only the pages are visible. How are you ever supposed to work out what is what? I suppose that's the point - they are decoration only. I once went into an absolutely amazing and huge house in Chelsea - the library was lined with Vellum covered books (the anitque white ones), but they were authentic (had been in the owners family for generations), and complemented by the owners collection of more modern Art History books. On the floor was a fur rug, which he told us had been the carriage rug for his grandmother. I wish I had pictures of that place to post! xx

  5. Hi Heidi, like others, I too love the books over the door ..I must really do something sbout organising my books.

    I love the verandah the slim wooden posts, the arches and black shutters but not sure about the lights. My eye is also drawn to those pedestal tables especially the one beneath the De Gournay panel.

    Id love to see more of your collection

    1. The furniture in the flat was very Baker like to me (as in the American Company with a large collection by Barbara Barry). It was really lovely. I'll post a few more of the tear sheets - I just wish my scanner was better quality, as they don't come out nearly well enough I think! xx

  6. Beautiful images! I have a random verandah question!.... Our posts are rotted and our builder has suggested putting them on a footing (with a skirt?) instead of just sitting on the concrete (which we will eventually tile anyway).... I couldn't picture this so went hunting for some inspiration and then remembered your beautiful verandah. Did you have to consider this at all in your project? X

    1. Your builder is quite right - any rebuilt veranda should have the posts sitting on a stirrup. Mine do - you can get some that have the fixing internally on the post, so mine don't have the big galvanised plate on the outside of the post. To show you what you'll likely have (the most common type) here's a picture http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Decking-Verandah-Post-stirrups-anchors-100mm-galvanised-5-ea-/151006087540#ht_1649wt_1114 The base plate is sunk into the concrete, or if you're using your existing footing and not pouring a new one it will be dynabolted into the slab. You can also get veranda post supports, which are more decorative, such as these http://www.gateandfencefittings.com/c/217903/1/post-support-and-covers.html which do the same thing - keep the post off the ground so the water won't rot it. These may be what your builder is talking about. If you're going to be paying all the money for new posts, you don't want them sitting in water and rotting out again. Hope that helps xx

  7. Hi Heidi, I think the last image is Robyn Holt's house in Watson's Bay? (The former editor of Vogue Living and CEO of Conde Nast). I remember her house because it was quite possibly the most beautiful house in Sydney - with the best position, right on the beach at Camp Cove with a view of the yachts sailing out to sea. I'm not sure if it belonged to Conde Nast or the Holts, but it was certainly decorated with Robyn's elegant style. I remember the rest of the house was just as beautiful. The room that fronted the verandah was a large open space with carefully selected pieces. I'll try and find a copy of the magazine. It's funny you should post that because I've been liaising with her regarding my new magazine. She's as lovely as her house. And as gracious too.

    Hope you and your family are well. Miss blogging so much but so overwhelmed with work, so will have to be content reading yours and my other favs instead! xx

    1. I shall go back and correct - thanks Janelle. I can't wait to see your new magazine! I've missed your voice in blogland, but you have so many balls up in the air at the moment, it's only right to let one drop for the time being. Hope you, RR and the dogs are well. xx


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