Mount Street, Mayfair is without doubt my favourite street in London. Its architecture sets it apart from the rest of Mayfair … both its homogeneity and distinctive red brick. New and edgy brands like Aesop (the Australian skincare brand), sit beside some of Mayfair’s oldest.
Aesop’s first London outlet, with interior by Ilse Crawford of Studioilse (who I have written about before), is located in a magnificent Victorian Grade II listed mansion block in Mount Street.
Original parquet floors have been left raw, fireplaces reinstated and tall ceilings exposed. The end result has been widely celebrated.
While soaking up the grandeur of Melbourne’s Block Arcade recently, I was similarly impressed … the extent to which period detailing had been incorporated as a design element in shop fitouts, rather than covered up as once would have been the case.
Very simply put … it is the challenge in the juxtapositioning of old and new … and the delicate balance of getting it right.
While recharging the batteries last week with a week at the beach, I had the luxury of both starting a new book and devouring as many magazines as I could get my hands on. Fuelled with inspiration and ideas to share, I was then promptly stopped in my tracks … technical problems … the blog was clearly not going to happen from up there. After my initial melt down, I came to the conclusion that it was probably a good thing and maybe I was meant to actually have a holiday.
Anyhow, here I am in my new laid back state of mind … sharing with you some of what caught my eye as I perused. The Como Hotel in Melbourne (boutique hotel in Sth Yarra)has been slowly and quietly, with doors still open, refurbishing. Very much of the moment, this unusual combination of colours is elegant and very clever. I have always loved chocolate brown with duck egg blue and aubergine … but oh that punch of citrus is gorgeous !!
Pure indulgence !!
PS. I think there is something quite luxurious about these deeply buttoned ottomans.