GRUNDTVIGS . CHURCH

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G R U N D T V I G S . C H U R C H 

I have visited a lot of churches in my time, but walking into Grundtvigs church my breath was instantly taken away. Located in the Bispedjerg district of Copenhagen, Grundtvigs church is is a rare example of expressionist church architecture. Due to its unusual appearance, it is one of the best known churches in the city. Its a bit of a journey out of the city center but catch the bus and its only 20 minutes away.  

The interior, inspired by Gothic architecture and comparable in size to Copenhagen cathedral, fits a congregation of 1,440. Some five million yellow bricks, a typical Danish building material, were used for the edifice. In its floor plan, the interior resembles that of a typical Gothic church with a nave, two lateral aisles and a small transept. Its proportions are also Gothic: a long, narrow nave, an extremely high ceiling, the columns which rise up to pointed arches and the ribbed groin vaults above the nave and aisles. But it is the yellow brick and the lack of ornamentation which contribute to the Gothic verticality while adhering to the minimalist modern aesthetic. Its worth reading up about the church before you go. Truly magical.

Photos by: Me


RUNDETAARN . COPENHAGEN

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R U N D E T A A R N . C O P E N H A G E N 

17th century tower and observatory Rundetaarn, or the round tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.

To get to the top you need to walk up the spiral walk, which is 268,5 meters long at the outer wall and only 85,5 meters long close to the core of the building. This means that you walk around 209 meters to get to top even though the tower is only 36 meters tall. From the top you you get magnificent views of the old part of Copenhagen so its totally worth it! 

Photos by: Me 


GRØD . COPENHAGEN

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 G R Ø D . C O P E N H A G E N  A few years back on my first trip to Copenhagen I visited a small restaurant called GRØD, which translates as porridge, they now have several very popular cafes dotted around the city. The menu: Porridge, with a range of delicious toppings!  My top breakfast spot if you need fuelling for a day of exploring!  I bought a friend the book a while back and they have some delicious recipes, if you are a fan of porridge and risotto, this is the perfect book for you!  Photos by: Me

G R Ø D . C O P E N H A G E N

A few years back on my first trip to Copenhagen I visited a small restaurant called GRØD, which translates as porridge, they now have several very popular cafes dotted around the city. The menu: Porridge, with a range of delicious toppings!

My top breakfast spot if you need fuelling for a day of exploring!

I bought a friend the book a while back and they have some delicious recipes, if you are a fan of porridge and risotto, this is the perfect book for you!

Photos by: Me


WALKING . THROUGH . COPENHAGEN

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WALKING . THROUGH . COPENHAGEN 

Copenhagen, fast approaching Amsterdam as being one of my favorite cities. I love everything about this city and anyone who knows me, knows I jump at the chance to recommend great places to visit. 

One of my favorite films " The Danish Girl " was set in the city and really captured its beauty .. Take a walk around Copenhagen and enjoy all the scenes where this stunning film was set. 

 

Nyhavn 

Nyhavn is the oldest part of Copenhagen harbor and many of the houses were built in the 17th century. 

 

Copenhagen Botanical Garden 

The Botanical Garden is located in the center of Copenhagen. The garden covers an area of 10 hectares and is particularly noted for its extensive complex of historical glasshouses dating from 1874. The garden is open for the public so free entry! Grab a coffee in the sun from the little van parked on the green, the perfect spot for relaxing after a busy day walking and exploring. 

 

Snaregade and Magstræde

Walk down Snaregade and Magstræde, two of Copenhagen’s oldest streets, which like the neighboring streets have preserved the cobblestones and old buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Soak up the atmosphere and take a break at one of the many cafés in the area. A great photo opportunity! 

 

Smørrebrød

The locals love it and so did I! Essentially an open-faced sandwich usually featuring rye sourdough bread, smorrebrod present different combinations of seafood, meat, vegetables and condiments, and are typically enjoyed with a cold local beer or snaps.

In the next posts I will share some of my all time favorites and must do's when in Copenhagen. 

Photos by: Me 

WALKING . THROUGH . STOCKHOLM

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W A L K I N G . T H R O U G H . S T O C K H O L M 

A couple of weeks back I took a week out of my busy schedule to for a long awaited trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen. I have always loved Scandinavian design, blonde wood and clean minimalist design mixed with quirkiness, bold patterns and colours, much like its city.

 Stockholm is a large city with much to explore if you love design, good food and art. We visited early April so the weather was fresh and sunny, but still rather chilly. I have heard so many great things about Stockholm, we were only there for a few days and wanted to make the most it so we drank a lot, ate a lot and walked....a lot!! 

Things to do and places to see:

Visit: Fotografiska

the world’s largest photography museum, a perfect way to spend an afternoon. After wondering around the exhibition, head up to the top floor where they have a beautiful bar overlooking the water. Have a glass of wine or simply relax with a coffee. They also have a restaurant but sadly we didn’t get a chance to taste the menu.

Visit: Södermalm

A district and island in central Stockholm, head over to SoFo where you will find trendy vintage clothing boutiques, cool independent galleries and snug little bars and coffee shops lining the streets. I spent an afternoon here before heading over to Fotografiska which wasn't too far away. I managed to find myself a beautiful vintage Burberry coat for an absolute bargain in one of the charity shops so i highly recommend exploring and having a rummage!

Visit: Moderna Museet

Stockholm’s Museum of modern Art, located on the island of Skeppsholmen. The building designed by Rafael Moneo is a beautiful yet low lying boxy construction, holding some of the world’s finest collections of 20th and 21st century art. It’s a really beautiful walk from the city center and has a great collection of Picasso sculptures in the gardens.

Stay At: Ett Hem

See my blog post below ... The most beautiful and relaxing space in Stockholm. Its a MUST if your looking for a cosy, homely atmosphere during your visit. 

Visit: Stockholm Public Library 

Designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, the public library is well worth a visit for thos who love architecture and design. 

Eat at: Sturehof

On the south side of Stureplan, Sturehof is a bustling meeting place – a stage that is intensively alive from mid-morning to late at night, my boyfriend LOVES seafood so this was a real treat for us both. We were not disappointed, the food was excellent and I would highly recommend. The interiors are charming and reflects true Swedish design with original accents with smart details.

Visit: Gamla Stan 

One of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Stockholm, head to Gamla Stan  Consisting of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture, grab a Kanelbullar find a spot of sun and take in the views! 

 

Photos by: Me

ETT HEM . STOCKHOLM

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E T T H E M . S T O C K H O L M 

The 12 bedroom luxury hotel Ett Hem is top of my list of places to visit on my trip to Sweden. Tucked away in the quiet leafy street of Stockholm this beautiful red brick house, formally a private residence built in 1910 is owned by Jeanette Mix and designed by Ilse Crawford. Crawfords approach to this design was to preserve original features and character of the heart of the house, such as the decorative ceilings and wood panelling complemented with mid-century and contemporary furniture, along with some of her own collection.

The next couple of months I shall be planning my trip for Stockholm and Copenhagen ready for April, please drop me an email if you have any suggestions of places to visit!


SERIES . 1STDIBS . CURRENT OBSESSION . 26.12.17

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S E R I E S . 

1 S T D I B S . C U R R E N T . O B S E S S I O N S . 26.12.17 

1. A rare portrait plate by the French potter Robert Picault (1919-2000). A compelling ceramic work signed and dated 1950. An important addition to a collection of Mid-Century Modern French pottery.

2. A rare ceramic plate of a female nude by the French potter Robert Picault (1919-2000). Signed and dated by the artist. A compelling and significant addition to a collection of Mid-Century Modern French pottery.

In an excellent, recently published book by Sylvia Vautier, Picasso/Picault A Magical Moment in Vallauris 1948-1953, she notes that "Picault's most personal creations consisted of portraits of women and nudes painted in green or black on white enamel" and adds that the artist often used the decorators in his studio as his models. Vautier also examines the personal and professional friendship between Picault and Picasso when both were working in Vallauris.

3. Pablo Picasso ceramic plate black face - Plate J. White earthenware clay, knife engraved underglaze and engobes decoration. Executed in an edition of 100 copies. Stamped and marked 'R/Madoura Plein Feu/D'Apres Picasso'. Conceived in 1948. Literature: Alain Ramié Picasso, Catalogue of the edited ceramic words 1947-1971, Galerie Madoura, 1988, N45.

 

HAFERKATER . BERLIN

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H A F E R K A T E R . B E R L I N

Porridge & Coffee

Sunday morning we were left with hungry bellies and rather sore heads. Haferkater was the perfect cure...they specializes in traditional Scottish porridge freshly cooked all day. The menu is always based on freshly floured oats, topped with all sorts of tasty goodness and dreamy coffee, exactly what we needed! They also have a vegan option and you can mix it up and choose your own toppings. 

One to add to the brunch map! 

www.haferkater.com

Photos by: Me


BERLIN . AIRBNB

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B E R L I N . A I R B N B 

Earlier this month 2 friends and I visited Berlin, it wasn’t my first time however as I had previously worked on the refurb for Soho House Berlin back in November but didn’t really get a chance to explore the area as much as I was hoping to…apart from a couple of local antique shops and mostly the inside of the house.

After catching our ridiculously early flight from Standsted airport we finally arrived at the Airbnb, The beautiful classic apartment measuring roughly 130sqm with oak parquet flooring had stunning stucco style ceilings, the eclectic mix of furniture and fire place at the centre of the room made the apartment feel warm, welcoming and cosy. I practically liked the bohemian style kitchen, the use of green behind the kitchen counter was bold and created a real focal point to the room which also comprised of all its original cornices and detailing. I was very jealous of the Ilse Crawford dining table and matching benches, these were very popular when they came out in Ikea and I never had a chance to get my mits on one!

This Airbnb made our holiday really special and I would totally recommend anyone staying here if you are ever spending a weekend in Berlin with friends.

Airbnb details:

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/9267723 

 

Photos by: Me


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.