My Design Travels

Ham Yard Hotel London ... modern British style

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 16, 2014

Firmdale Hotels has opened another hotel in London this month with Kit Kemp the designer working her magic.  She is renowned for her confident play with fabric patterns and bold use of wallpaper and artwork. 


Kit Kemp is also incredibly clever with the detail.  I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of her other hotels in London ... the Knightsbridge, Number 16 and The Pelham and can say that I have loved all that she has accomplished.  She has a signature style ... however each property, very much it's own look and feel.


At the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, colour and pattern have been taken to a new level. Even though some of her pattern combinations I find almost too bold, they work and I can only marvel at the attention to detail. 


There are areas with schemes such as the Suite above, that for me, don't work.  There is just one fabric too many !!! and there will be those who think it is fabulous.  


The drawing room, for reasons quoted above, falls into the same category.  However, I do feel that this room is probably a lot more appealing in reality, so will put it down to the photograph ... I find it difficult to imagine the very clever Kit Kemp getting it wrong ... or am I not fully appreciating modern British style.


parisian fabric houses to peruse

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

To stumble across such jewels ... only in Paris.  The cobblestoned streets of the Left Bank lined with the prettiest shop windows.


Jim Thompson ... one of my all time favourites.  What a joy. These windows were a spectacle.



Pierre Frey ... always so smart and shades of colour to die for.


Nobilis is pure elegance.

Just take the time to explore at leisure ... fabric houses for more than just fabrics. Cushions, trims and throws to play with alongside antiques and designer furniture. Shop after shop ... names you have only glimpsed in beautiful magazines.
And when it all gets too much, just pop into Laduree for a restorative pot of tea and delicate macaron.


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