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le marianne, paris ... boutique hotel style

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, February 01, 2015
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Just off the Champs Elysees and Avenue Montaigne, Le Marianne Hotel is more like a very chic pied-à-terre.

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This graceful Haussmann period building sets the scene.

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Bedrooms with stylish dipped dyed curtains and smart colour palette of mustard yellows and charcoal.

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Furniture with elegant lines and the latest in lighting design.

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Like any stylish boutique hotel, it is all in the detail.

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And just so Parisian.


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Christmas in London .. a glimpse .. No 3

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, December 19, 2014
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Our Christmas Wreath .. SW3 London




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Liberty of London ... Christmas windows 2014

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, December 12, 2014

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I am spending far too much time reminiscing about this time last year in London ... the Christmas windows, the shopping, the Christmas lights and catching up with friends !!  I couldn't help but take a peek at Liberty's windows this year.

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Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Liberty excel with their window display and they simply must be seen to be believed.  In Paris it is without doubt Hermes who win the prize. 

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They sparkle like jewels and are surrounded by crowds of admirers and adoring children, all rugged up against the winter chill.

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All this is made that much more atmospheric with the shorter days ... the evening closing in by around 3.30pm.  This is the cue to head to somewhere smart like Claridges or Browns for High Tea or .. simply champagne. 

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This is without doubt my favourite time of year to be in London ... they do Christmas like nowhere else and I can't wait to give you a glimpse of London this time last year.  

Christmas 2014 is the beach for us ... and I can't wait but am reminiscing !!



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hotel lancaster paris, still my favourite ... for the moment

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, November 27, 2014
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My favourite hotel in Paris has always been the very stylish Hotel Lancaster. Interestingly, at the moment, two of the most iconic and glamorous hotels in Paris, The Ritz and Hotel de Crillon, are closed for renovation. 

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The Hotel Lancaster is all about pared back elegance ..

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a sophisticated, muted colour palette ..

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its artwork, chandeliers and Louis XV and XVI furniture ..

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and of course .. has something for everyone.


Beautiful hotels in Paris, particularly at this time of the year, are for slipping into for a hot chocolate and luxuriating.  If you are checking in .. all the better.  I can't wait for the grand openings of The Ritz and Hotel de Crillon. 




london's boutique hotel style

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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San Domenico House,
in my very favourite part of London, was a great find recently.
Both the architecture and orange brick are synonymous with certain areas of London and I have always loved both. This boutique hotel is tucked in behind Kings Road and Sloane Street and only a short walk to Sloane Square.

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There is probably no further criteria for me on my hunt for accommodation in London, apart from of course, the style and ambiance of the interior.  I have discovered that I can really only relate to classic cosy English town or country house style.  Not contemporary minimalist which is prevalent and extremely uninviting !!

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Even Kit Kemp with her Firmdale Hotels of which there are many in London, does classic English style with a modern edge, to perfection. If I am in London I like to feel that I am living there, not staying in a hotel .. if you know what I mean !!

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The first of the boutique hotels in London to make one feel as if you were actually staying with friends was Blake's and it remains an icon.

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loving london's boutique hôtels 2014

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, April 11, 2014

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The Pelham Hotel in Sth Kensington is, for me the perfect location in London.  A short stroll to the V&A or along the gorgeous Walton Street to Harrods ... more specifically, their Stationary Department. 

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Kit Kemp the designer has created a luxury town house style hotel, the interiors 'a tailored version of grand English style'.  I love the idea of individually designed bedrooms, and there are 52 to choose from.

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What sets these hotels apart is the unexpected ... the combination of antique and contemporary furniture ... quirky lighting and modern art set within a a wood panelled drawing room or library ... it is perfect. 






soane britain ... for craftsmanship and colour extraordinaire

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 03, 2013

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I am not sure if it has anything to do with the weather, however we don't seem to embrace colour quite like the English.  Think of those cyclamen pink dining rooms that look so fabulous.  I am not even sure it works with our sunnier climate.

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Hence, my love for English decorating magazines ... probably because 'the look', (their look !!) is just so different to anything we do here.  There is no right or wrong ... it is just different!!

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Meanwhile, enjoy looking at Soane Britain ... a beautiful website with beautiful products. They do ship to anywhere in the world, if you can bear to wait.

 

  

hotel guestrooms with a difference... the siam, bangkok

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, April 20, 2013

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Without doubt it is the individuality of The Siam that sets it apart.  Renowned hotel designer Bill Bensley has incorporated the old with the new and created a unique 5 star hotel, full of charm. 

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This is not your typical hotel guestroom ... with Thai Colonial influences, lamps hanging on black silk ribbons, travel collections ... all so very personal. 

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The elegance of suites with sumptuous furnishings, exquisite detailing and such interesting memorabilia.  

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Memorabilia that has been collected and sourced for each of the individually themed suites.

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Always glimpses to the exotic orchid filled gardens ...

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Black and white and distinctly Art Deco.  Such attention to detail.

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I ask the question again, why can't your average hotel guestroom, or even just the expensive ones, be that little bit more exciting or individual.  It isn't only about the finishes and furnishings ... it is about creating spaces that make patrons feel at home or somewhere better than home.

 

 

loulou's of london ... a peek into the latest members only nightclub

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, March 02, 2013

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Loulou's night spot is located inside Mark Birley's 5 Hertford Street ...the very exclusive membership club in Mayfair. Opening in the second half of 2012, the wild and wonderful interiors are by the acclaimed fashion designer Rifat Ozbek ... with a budget of 30 million pounds !!

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Robin Birley is not new to the aristocratic world of the private club, his late father Mark created Annabel's, Harry's Bar and Mark's for the previous generation. Robin named his club 'Loulou's' after his aunt Loulou de la Falaise, the fashion designer.

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Spaces for wining, dining, sitting, dancing or just quietly contemplating. The interiors are a celebration of colour and pattern, rich and exotic, vibrant ... and always so elegant.

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It is this understated elegance that underpins all great design and never more so than at Loulou's. The combinations of beautiful fabrics, stylish lighting, glamorous wallpapers and extremely interesting painted finishes ... and we all thought painted finishes had had their day.

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The one colour that seems to add that touch of glitter and wit throughout is 'lipstick pink' ... it just works. And there is plenty of wit ... a bar made of shells, stuffed giraffe's head and illuminated peacocks !!

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A.A. Gill observed of the founder members and carefully invited on opening night "These are the people who are famous to one another - legends of their own clubs - and that has always been enough."

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images: jonathan becker

 

 

5 ways with the warmth of wood

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, February 23, 2013

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1.  Timber floors, walls and ceiling create a warm palette, all complimented by the stone clad wall in similar hues. 

2.  The balance between the texture of timber and stone, and the crispness of the minimal white wall, porcelain freestanding bath and bedlinen, is perfect.  Note the contrasting timber shades of the furniture.

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3.  Beautifully designed timber furniture provides the warmth, texture and perfect scale in this otherwise simple white interior.

4.  The contrast between the smoothness of the timber floor and the rustic nature of the timber furniture gives this room another dimension. 

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5.  If you can be bold enough to follow the warm tones of the timber and stone with soft furnishings (rather than contrast with additional colour) the end result will be extremely elegant.   

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Images: wiesergut hotel, hinterglemm, austria

 


 

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