The light (as discussed here and here) is coming on.  I suspect my top shade is too big..but I just can’t stop! I love the way each shade eats up the shade below and covers the gap between them.  At the moment they’re loosely hooked together – on the plus side it means they can be unhooked with the greatest of ease.  On the downside you have to be careful to find the central point to keep them straight and balanced..and the slightest knock…..they all come crashing down…The window is open now and they do move most beautifully in the breeze.

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We’ve also been having the most wonderful weather in London (long may it last and much deserved) so Bella, Charlie and I have been re-claiming the garden from winter.  Utter madness, but I’ve wanted to extend our patio for ages…I managed to dig out over fifty bags of soil hashtag-who-needs-a-gym? I’m dying to know whether I can actually do it…I want to add some inlaid cobbles as well..time will tell – and I fully accept I’m nuts, but I really believe getting your hands dirty is part of the joy of life.


I’ve ordered my espadrilles (2 pairs) for the Competition..ideas are bubbling – just a matter of which ones to choose..and I’ve had another little creative project on the side based on a Dries Van Noten shirt I fell in lust with…but I think I’ll save that for another post! Only a week of the Easter Holidays left to get it all done…no pressure!


Laters, Kate x




  1. vintageattitude

    ….see,this is why we get on together. I love how some of us girlies get to embrace it all……a hod carrying,light designer/maker with a passion for fashion! What a woman!!! Xxx

  2. glanceobservecapture

    Light looking amazing! I agree I love how some of us manage to multi task and find all those strings to our bow! I just wish there were more hours in the day and MUCH MORE warm weather in Scotland for working outdoors! x

    • Maison Bentley Style

      It’s been a learning curve for me – but I’ve realised I don’t have to be normal or even do things in a normal way – sometimes the things we think will take a long time don’t – it’s just a matter of starting and running with it! Something a little and often will get something done, whilst never starting – it’ll never happen… xxxxx

    • Maison Bentley Style

      Well..I roped in the husband to help me..we’ve got the bed filled with gravel now..we ran out of time for the sand and cement – but the stones are laying on top just to check the pattern..and stop Molly the dog digging up all the gravel..she’s already tried to bury a sausage in the triangles left for the cobbles!! xxx

  3. dievca

    Absolutely amazing — I cannot decide if I like the lampshade or the patio better. I have the Easter European Green Thumb — my hands are always itching to get into the dirt, shovel, lift, organize, redesign outdoors spaces. There is small City garden where I am applying to receive a plot. Cross Fingers. (BTW, do you remember the BBC Gardening Show with Diarmuid Gavin and his enormous projects? Crazy.) XO

    • Maison Bentley Style

      I LOVE Diarmuid Gavin – even bought his book of gardens from around the world as I found it so inspirational. I do my best at gardening..I do find that Molly the dog thwarts most of my attempts..she’s obsessed with freshly planted root balls..and thinks me digging is just for her benefit! I’m planning on white geraniums and lavender for the beds this year..I’ve learnt hardy, simple plants are more likely to survive! xxx

  4. jackiemallon

    Nothing wrong with being top heavy, girl! Looks fab! I wanna garden!! New York City apartment, meet outdoor space…can’t you learn to live together..?xo

  5. fashionassist

    The light is looking splendid Kate and what a thrill it must be to see your sketch becoming a reality…
    lucky you to have your windows open and warm spring breezes blowing (winter lingers here)…
    and 110% agree there’s no better therapy than digging in a garden with mad purpose!!
    Happy Easter to you and your lovely family—enjoy the rest of your holidays~ xo

    • Maison Bentley Style

      The light is turning into a beast! But all the more dramatic for it?! Hard to tell..I do want 2 so I want to make sure people can still see themselves across the dining room table!! Sending spring vibes to’s been a long ol’winter and I think everyone needs (deserves!) to see some sun! xxx

  6. KerryCan

    Kate, you’re amazing–indoors and out! You can work on the patio until you’re weak with the effort and then go in and stick more paper on the lights! But, um, try not to hurt yourself by overdoing with those pavers!

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