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originally published on Huffington Post Thinking I’ve made a great new friend, I accept an invitation to dinner at their house. Shock and awe — or shock and fright — a giant moose head is mounted above the fireplace and a pair of huge antler light fixtures over the dining room table. Appetite successfully killed along with a total re-evalution of these new friends with whom it now seems I have very little in common after all, based on the various dead animals’ parts dotted around their house. I can just about handle a giant trophy fish tacked onto a wall,…

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I love fashion and I love interior design. There are times when the two worlds collide but more often than not, they go side by side in tandem. What influences each is a mystery, but I believe sometimes there is a perfect storm where we look back to archives searching for inspiration that will resonate with the mood out there today by echoing a past that lies hidden in our subconscious. The perfect example is Harris Tweed, which is back in a big way. It has crossed all lines of design. I grew up in England. My school coat was…

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Students, school’s back from summer, and the time has come to sit inc lassrooms across the country and learn things that will matter in your life and so much that will be totally irrelevant. It’s not easy being a student today. The pressure is on to succeed. You need some relief — try Learning-For-The-Sake-Of-It which can discovered and nurtured by…books! I was a rebellious student, called up in assembly almost every week for some misdemeanour, lots of time on the Headmistress’s office for what must have been, in retrospect, annoying behaviour. What saved me from total academic failure and overwhelming…