BOB . & . CLOCHE . GLENEAGLES

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B O B . & . C L O C H E . G L E N E A G L E S

Bob & Cloche, designed by Lind + Almond is located in the former gate lodge has been completely transformed into a series of elegant beauty rooms. Its bold Art Deco-inspired designs, which celebrate Gleneagles’ rich 1920s heritage and the decadent spirit of that time, echo the renovations that have seen the rest of the hotel transformed over the last 20 months. The effect is an effortlessly elegant ambiance, which pays homage to an era when dressing up for dinner and dancing the night away at Gleneagles was reserved for society’s brightest young things. Take a trip to Scotland and treat yourself at this beautiful and relaxing venue.

 

Photos by: Me 


THE . AMERICAN . BAR . GLENEAGLES

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T H E . A M E R I C A N . B A R . G L E N E A G L E S

Another beautiful project designed by David Collins, the American Bar is Reminiscent of the iconic bars of the 1920s and 30s, and personifying effortless elegance and glamour, it is a truly special space for intimate drinks. The details of this space is amazing, cashmere wall paper, bespoke lighting and cosy corners to try out the selection of incredible cocktails!! 

 

Photos by: Me


THE . GLENEAGLES . HOTEL . SCOTLAND

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T H E . G L E N E A G L E S . H O T E L . S C O T L A N D 

 

The long awaited visit to Scotland finally came around and I was so excited to see the new and improved Gleneagles Hotel after it changed hands and was taken over by Ennismore. 

Surrounded by one of the worlds best golf courses, Gleneagles really doesn't disappoint. With a view over the rolling hills, lakes and acres of land for horse riding, shooting and so many country activities there isn't much time to get bored. 

My first selection of photos show the reception area, designed by David Colin's. 

By complimenting the architecture and original features David Collins studio has mixed contemporary and country accents whilst sitting comfortably next to its art deco heritage. The sage green creates a fresh atmosphere whilst keeping it cosy with mohair and velvet's. My favorite part of this room has to be the accessories, sitting proudly on the console are a trio of beautiful marble effect vases that create a real feature along with the over-sized mirror and contrasting art work.  

 

Photos by: Me 

ANTIQUE . MARKET . SOUTH . OF . FRANCE

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A N T I Q U E . M A R K E T . S O U T H . O F . F R A N C E

Working as an Interior Designer I am always on the look out for interesting items that catch my eye, above are a few pieces that really stood out from the crowd on my recent trip to a three day event across the South of France. 

Photos by: Me


WALKING . THROUGH . AMSTERDAM

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W A L K I N G . T H R O U G H . A M S T E R D AM 

I know I have said it before, but this truly is my favorite city in the world (maybe next to Copenhagen) It holds so many amazing memories and milestones of my life that it will always hold a special place in my heart. There is so much to explore and always new and exciting restaurants and markets popping up on every corner. Not only is there loads to do but there is loads to see. The city itself is just stunning, my dream of living on the canal it still staying strong... with the furture looking exciting, it may happen sooner than I thought! 

Photos by: Me


HOTEL . PULITZER . AMSTERDAM

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H O T E L . P U L I T Z E R . A M S T E R D A M 

During our time in Amsterdam we were recommended to check out the beautiful Janz restaurant, only to realise it was connected to a very impressive intricate maze of 25 connecting Golden Age canal houses. Every corner is so detailed adjourning with artwork and accents of the original features. After a full renovation, which completed in 2016, this hidden neighbourhood now features: intimate guest rooms, tranquil inner gardens, meeting & event spaces, a garden café, a hotel bar and a restaurant that serves simple yet beautifully crafted dishes. The Pulitzer is a unique blend of up-market, traditional and modern Dutch craftsmanship hidden amongst the city’s iconic canals.

Photos by: Me


THE BERRY . AMSTERDAM

 
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T H E . B E R R Y . A M S T E R D A M 

Setting off into Amsterdam, my favorite city of all cities, we came across a small cosy cafe called Berry, serving delicious coffees and tasty treats, all local and organic. Under the same roof is The Green House, part of a creative collective where they share a love of good design and sustainability. Located in Oud-West, the studio (described by themselves) is a little greenhouse; a concrete jungle where ideas grow from seed beneath a glass ceiling surrounded by plants. They also share their space with Strawberry Earth who aim to make it as easy as possible for consumers to make environmentally-friendly and socially-conscious choices every day, whilst product design duo Waarmakers specialise in strategic and sustainable design.

Recommended coffee spot! 

 

Bilderdijkkade 27 AH

1053 VH Amsterdam

 

Photos by: Me

 


 

CALLAS . HOUSE . BUDAPEST

 

C A L L A S . H O U S E . B U D A P E S T

Callas House has recently opened 25 boutique bedrooms, beautifully design by David Collins Studio. The 19th Century Neo-Renaissance building has striking period proportions and details. The design is fundamentally monochromatic with high quality finishes including marble mosaics and brass fittings, all inspired by traditional Hungarian architecture.

It’s well worth a visit, and give yourself time for a coffee in Callas Brasserie downstairs which echo’s the bedrooms elegant design, on a grander scale.


INSPIRATION . OF . THE . WEEK

 

I N S P I R A T I O N . O F . T H E . W E E K 

S T U D I O . O L I V E R . G U S T A V

The last few weeks I have been obsessing over Studio Oliver Gustav's work, his studio, showroom and boutique in central Copenhagen where he carefully curates limited edition pieces from international designers and artists.

Set on a monochrome backdrop, Gustav’s peaceful interiors make striking use of light and shadow, drawing attention to the surface and all its unique pieces of art.

 


THE SCENT HOTEL . KOH SAMUI

T H E . S C E N T . H O T E L . K O H . S A M U I . T H A I L A N D 

Set for our big holiday of the year we began the long journey to Koh Samui, Thailand. We were slightly apprehensive on what to expect with the usual things like weather and accommodation, but as soon as we set foot on the island we knew that the holiday was going to be something special.

Arriving at The Scent Hotel we were welcomed by cold towels and fresh passion fruit juice, exactly what we needed after the long 24-hour journey from London. The doors opened to the beautiful Frangipani that blooms in the gardens and shelters the shimmering emerald swimming pool at the heart of the hotel. The colonial-chic touches are present throughout, with cream muslin and wood deck chairs, shelves decorated with antique pots and jars with an array of succulents, vintage bikes, and lanterns strung from the trees.

There are 11 rooms, each overlooking the pool and 3 beachfront suites. The rooms are styled according to three different themes: Local, Chinese and European. The Local suites include dark timber, grey and green color palette and lanterns made from fishing nets. The Chinese suits consist of rich timbers, Chinese silks, and antique wardrobes. European suites have a slightly paler palette, elegant glass vases, and Provençal furniture.

Overlooking the beach sits Le Jaroen, with European influences the menu not only comprises of beautiful French dishes but authentic Thai. The setting is as attractive as the cuisine: linen topped tables clustered on a wooden deck.

 

Photos by: Me


THE ROBEY . CHICAGO

T H E . R O B E Y . C H I C A G O 

The Robey Hotel stands proudly in an Art Deco building formerly known as the Northwest Tower. At 203 ft tall, the Northwest Tower was originally built as an office building but was recently transformed by Belgian design duo Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors. Both firms renowned for a contemporary, minimal aesthetic, The Robey has a unique, clean and sophisticated style.

The rooms are well proportioned, clean and bright with complimentary Le Labo products in the bathroom, a great brand partner for a trendy hotel.

The f&b experience spans from a coffee shop next door and The Robey Cafe on the ground floor. There is a great lounge with private meeting rooms for locals and guests to work from, and a rooftop which wasn't open when I visited, but I'll be sure to check it out on my next trip to Chicago!

Website: www.therobey.com

Address:

2018 W North Ave

Chicago

IL 60647

USA

Photos by: Me


KILN . LONDON

 

K I L N . S O H O

Last week I popped round the corner to my new local restaurant Kiln. Following in the footsteps of its hugely popular sister restaurant Smoking Goat on Denmark Street, Kiln does not disappoint.

The timber shop front and black simplistic façade is effortless, lined with a touch of greenery to soften the brushed steel bar front. Inside the area is relatively small but the shoulder-to-shoulder seating makes full use of the space with a basement level for larger bookings of 4 or more. At the back of the restaurant the kitchen is fully open which creates a great atmosphere and fully immerses you in dinning experience.

To begin with we enjoyed some small starter plates, including charcoal-grilled aged lamb and cumin skewers alongside smoked sausage with turmeric, a perfect spicy starter followed by a glass of white wine. They recommend you order 5 or 6 plates to share for mains, which was the perfect amount for the two of us. The food was exceptional; each dish complimented with an array of spices combining Thai, Burmese and Chinese to create a distinct flavor combination.

Kiln only except walk-ins so be sure to turn up early if you have plans!

Website: www.kilnsoho.com

Address: 

58 Brewer Street 

London

W1F 9TL

 


SOHO . FARMHOUSE

S O H O . F A R M H O U S E 

­­After a few rather stressful weeks at work I was well overdue a weekend away with plenty of fresh air, relaxation, and sleep.

Flash back two years ago and the not so beautiful and relaxing retreat in Oxfordshire was streaming with builders, lots of stressed out interior designers and architects! The only thing we were swimming in was mud!

Returning to the farmhouse was magical. Arriving at the gates we were warmly welcomed by the farmhouse team, dropping off our keys and offloading our bags on the customized milk floats, we set our sights on checking out what the farmhouse had to offer since our last trip. Setting off on our matching Foffa bikes (complete with name tags) allowing you to explore the site in full. There is so much to offer, from a state of the art gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, treatments on your doorstep from Soho Houses very own cowshed, a beautiful cinema and so much more!

After having lunch at their new Japanese restaurant “Pen Yen” which is effortlessly designed overlooking the purpose built boating lake, we ventured to our accommodation for the night. A last minute booking meant cabins were, unfortunately, unavailable, but .. Soho House truly took glamping to a whole new level! The tent comprised many sweet and beautiful details, Moroccan throws draped over the 6-foot bed whilst the logs were stacked up in the basket next to the wood burner ready to warm us up on the chilly spring evening with a glass of vino. Sounds dreamy right?

I truly recommend checking out Soho Farmhouse if you are looking for a relaxed weekend in the country whilst still enjoying the finer things in life. It's great for families or even a romantic weekend away, either way, I can guarantee you certainly won't get bored.

Website: www.sohofarmhouse.com

 

Address: 

Tracey Farm Cottages

Great Tew

Chipping Norton

OX7 4JS

 

Photos by: Me 


TURNING . EARTH . EAST LONDON

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T U R N I N G .  E A R T H . E A S T . L O N D O N

It feels like its been a while since I posted, being so busy with work I haven’t had a chance to get out and explore London much this weekend. However, last weekend I headed east to check out Turning Earths new centre for ceramics, which opened its doors on Saturday to its 8,500 sq ft refurbished top floor of an old hardware factory.

The centre includes a large open plan open-access membership studio, which streams with natural light from a traditional saw toothed roof.

The shared facility enables designers and makers to create their beautiful artworks and ceramics and also to benefit from the community environment and shared facilities.  They also offer up to 10 ceramic courses for those who are new to the craft, which are taught by professional artists. 

I have always had an appreciation for beautiful ceramics and have tried to collect my own over the past couple years, keeping my eyes pealed for anything that stands out at an antique market or vintage shop. This year I am going to save up and enrol in my own course and hopefully you will see some equally beautiful ceramics made me yours truly!

Check out Turning Earths website and keep updated with all their new exciting opportunities and events..

Website: www.e2.turningearth.uk

Address: 

Top floor
11 Argall Avenue
London E10 7QE

Photos by: Me

MAKERS . HOUSE . BURBERRY

M A K E R S . H O U S E . B U R B E R R Y 

Last year the New Craftsmen collaborated with Burberry to create a beautiful collection that celebrated craftsmanship. This year they did exactly that and more. Below Burberry describes the collection in their owns words:

“BurberryA celebration of the new collection and the iconic artist who inspired it. Henry Moore: Inspiration & Process included some of Moore’s most famous sculptures alongside his working models and maquettes. The exhibition provided an opportunity to explore the iconic British artist’s work and methods outside of the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, home of the Henry Moore Foundation. A programme of workshops and events took place throughout the week: printmaking, textile printing, life drawing and a wax resist watercolour class – with partners including Hole & Corner, The Hepworth Wakefield and The New Craftsmen.”

Photos By: Me

BACK . TO . MY . ROOTS

B A C K . T O . M Y . R O O T S 

This weekend I traveled home for some well deserved relaxing, eating and catching up with the ones who are most important in my life. I have been living in London for 2 years and absolutely love it, but sometimes its nice to escape the busy and chaotic lifestyle and remember there is life and beauty outside of the city.

Growing up in the country I have always had a great love for the outdoors, fresh air and walking has always helped me clear my thoughts and remember what’s important about having a balanced life and my own well-being.  

Lymington will always be my home. 

Photos By: Me

INSPIRATION . OF . THE . WEEK

I N S P I R A T I O N . O F . T H E . W E E K

For anyone who doesn’t know me, I have a rather large obsession with chairs, and being an interior designer I am always looking to be inspired and discover new designers, whether that’s an Interior designer, furniture designer or architect. This week’s inspiration has come from Architect Jorge Zalszupin. Zalszupin’s furniture designs are characterised by both geometric lines and organic shapes combined with well-defined proportions graceful lines and classical detailing. The beauty and quality of his furniture has transcended time and much of his work has become timeless. The photo shows on of Jorge Zalszupin’s rosewood and leather lounge chairs (1955). I can’t wait to specify one of these guys in one of my projects!

Want to buy one? Check out 1st Dibs for everything Zalszupin! 

www.1stdibs.com/creators/jorge-zalszupin/furniture/