McBean’s Orchids is a British orchid cultivation nursery in Lewes, East Sussex, England.  They are “Rare Orchid Growers” from the 1800s hidden away in the beautiful Sussex Downs.

Visiting McBeans’s Orchids and its gorgeous glasshouses in the British heatwave on a morning after a Tom Dixon party, the place had an otherworldly feel to it.

Apart from my fascination for their antique blue orchid boxes that they deliver to the Royalty in London, I love them because they opened their doors to all the local designers and artists in Sussex like Tom Dixon, so that they could use their workshop during the Covid Pandemic.

A rare Orchid with a cause!

A Summer River House

This Rock Chick’s Summer River House, has an added ambience bonus – Luke Alen-Buckley’s magnificent, sculptural candles – which are an amusement all on their own. The Gothic Mansion House has been rocked by the coolest British designer, Alex Eagle, using her chic fabrics and furniture from her Eagle & Hodges interiors collection, her vintage finds and fascinating art assemblage, bringing you her quintessential cool-Brit worldliness to one place. The Summer River House – another illustrative of the British Summer story, is the most recent from Soho House, together with this rock’n’roll Gothic Mansion is a wondrous concoction. Sleep in the Boathouse, lunch at the Summer River House watching the boats go by & listen to the vintage vinyl collection in the library, sipping your aperitif …. In the morning, breakfast in the glasshouse with the very British assortment of reads, tea after tennis in the Parlor, ….. and repeat …

Le Stanzie Dal 1980

Driving through a dirt road that wafts through miles of ancient olive and fig trees, in the heart of Salento, I am fantasizing about living out my ‘chic peasant girl’ lifestyle. I am on the way a la Sophia Loren, circa 1967 in C’era uno Volta.  I think of the delectable slow food experience that awaits me at Le Stanzie. A Masseria complete with pomodora pendula (hanging tomatoes picked in July and used throughout the winter), an assortment of cows (all milked by hand), goats, chickens, pigs, oversized terracotta pots storing black chickpeas and black-eyed beans, rustic tables with checked linen cloths and, of course, the Italian poetry of washing line drying in the Salento Sun. This field-to-plate farmhouse restaurant serves


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Nona is a published designer and visionary with a broad range of experience in the worlds of fashion and art, including working with British Vogue, Musee des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Harrods & Harvey Nichols of London, and Bergdorf Goodman to name a few. Her work has been published in several coffee table books as a directional designer.

At present, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son, Rocco.


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