Design inspirations: history

At the moment, the Victorians.

But I have had a passion for the Medievals. If we're speaking specifically, the Plantagenets. Okay, now you're pressing me, 1464.

Sometimes, I think I might live in a different age. While I remain here, at some unspecified date in the tweny-first century, I do the day job I have, before I return to real life.

Of course I like to imagine real life is composed of floating about in a fire-warmed castle room hung with fine tapestries and delicate embroideries ordering the next goblet of wine just in from France.

It's probably not. I bet when I get there I'm covered in plague boils, have a weekday cleaning job in the local cess pit and spend my Saturday market mornings feebly trying to barter a squirrel carcass for a bag of rats.

Anyway, it inspires me, this history thing, or the present day, depending on your perspective, here with those beautiful books of hours, tapestries, Petrarchian song and dancery, troubadours, garters, a spot of romantic chivalry, a few blood and guts, and fancy tights.


  1. I love this one! I love all of them, but this was the period I studied at university. Is it still available? Can I buy it?

  2. hi Clare! can you send me your email address to ? the normal way i work is to create three books for you on the theme you like to give you choice; i can put them on this blog for you to see at a distance if you cannot see them close by. i personalise each one for you to the initials, name, phrase or words that you specify. and it's all less expensive than you fear. :)