Mulberry moments at london fashion week

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When I awoke to Mulberry’s The Blog …. Fashion Week Moments it was too gorgeous not to share.  It captures exactly that …. the behind the scene moments that most of us don’t get to experience.  These photos for me portray the energy, anticipation, excitement, elation and relief …. probably in that order !!

In Mulberry’s words …. Months of planning go into creating a show for London Fashion Week.  Then the day seems to be over in minutes !

The south place hotel London … glamorous and hip !!

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Described as the Shoreditch end of the City of London … this is the part of London where it is all happening.  Every new bar, restaurant and hotel that I read a review of, seems to be in this locale.

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The very smart Conran designed guestrooms appeal to both business and leisure travellers.

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The first hotel venture by the D&D London group, this hotel has 80 guestrooms, two elegant restaurants, three bars (one secret garden bar), roof top terrace and sponsors its own art prize !!!

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… and so much to explore beyond the confines of the hotel.

10 tips for a spring makeover

 

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1.   It is all about de-cluttering … possibly even a spring clean.  The first hint of colour again in the garden is usually enough to get you going.

2.   Bring spring inside with bulbs planted into pretty containers … vases filled with bunches of freshly picked daffodils or branches of blossom.

3.   Cast off those woollen throw rugs and replace with cotton knits … think faded chintzes, a softer or neutral palette of linens, cottons and canvas.

4.   Loose covers give a lighter feel to furniture with winter weight fabrics. The solution is to have two sets of loose covers … winter and summer.

5.   Buy a new set of crisp white bedlinen or at the very least new pillow slips to smarten up the bedroom.

6.   Longer daylight hours and spring sunshine mean entertaining … plan a meal around new season produce. Smarten up the outdoor furniture and make or purchase a new outdoor cloth.

7.   Apply the less is more principle … spring is all about fresh air rather than cosiness. A more dramatic move might be to remove curtains so you can enjoy the view.

8.   Stand back and look at your rooms with a fresh eye.  A change in accent colour can lighten your look … simply change cushion covers, tablecloths and other decorative items. Group items with similar colours.

9.   Splash out on new towels and bath mat in fresh spring colours or even better white on white. New tea towels in checks and stripes will give the kitchen a new lease of life.

10.   Think about a change of room fragrance and scented candles.

 

Weekend reading … pure and general … celebrating one year

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Pull out your ipad over coffee at your favourite haunt this morning and savour this beautiful book from Pure and General.  Page by page of mouthwatering images that really only confirm what we already knew … this store/emporium is a triumph … and has been rapturously received by all over the last 12 months.

Leaf through Pure and General’s diverse and exotic product range … but fall in love with their merchandising !!! This is the magic of Pure and General.

‘approach … tactile     textured    sensual    bespoke’

Refer my blog May 22 2012

Container homes are all style

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I first heard about container homes and the creative things people were doing with them, a few years ago.  I listened with great interest … fascinated to think of the challenge and the potential !!

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All they require are windows and doors…of any size or proportion and a coat of paint.

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They can be joined together side by side or on top of each other ….

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Somehow they suddenly become a design statement ….. minimalist and state of the art.  I just love the way they seem to nestle into their environment.

London olympic luxury

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I am sitting here in Sydney full of Olympic Spirit …. no not in London !!! Tickets scarce and crowds crazy, so very happy to travel when London returns to normal. However should I be over there, I have decided that the Firmdale Hotel Group do have the most exciting properties to choose from …. and in all the right locations …. Covent Garden, Haymarket, Soho, Knightsbridge, South Kensington and my favourite Dorset Square.  What could be more divine than this Regency terrace overlooking a leafy square.

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Kit Kemp loves colour and plays with fabric in a very adventurous way.  Each property is unique … in fact, each guestroom is unique, from what I can see. She combines slick contemporary with traditional pieces and details, very brave indeed.

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Firmdale call it ‘fresh contemporary English style”.  I have to say that I have not always been sure that it all works but looking at the newest addition in Dorset Square I have been won over.  Either my taste has changed or I have taken time to ‘just get it’.

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I acknowledge they are quirky, however the attention to detail is exceptional, the furniture and furnishings are beautiful and I am sure the experience would be pure 5 star.

Dorset Square is where I would be staying … just a short walk to Marylebone High Street, an area I love with its gorgeous shops and cafes … oh so civilised compared to the rat race of Oxford Street not so far away.

Would love some feedback on any of the Firmdale properties ….

French style …. hotel lancaster, paris

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The Hotel Lancaster in Paris is without doubt the prettiest hotel in Paris.  An extremely chic boutique hotel …. is this not just exactly what one would expect when we think of Parisian style.

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I adore the simple, pared back elegance which allows the architecture to shine.

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This is the most sophisticated use of colour …. so subtle, yet only for the brave.  Shades of lavender, lilac and aubergine teamed with shades of grey, crisp white and hint of gold …. how divine !  Not as easy as it looks to achieve the perfect balance.

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I have always loved the tile and marble combination in a bathroom … somehow it creates character.  It is so much more interesting than head to toe marble which is an easier option by far.  How decadent to have your own dressing table and in the bathroom… only in Paris !!

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This interior is timeless … classic and contemorary all rolled into one. Their collection of artworks and antiques complimented graciously by the sumptuous colour palette and subtle attention to detail.

Having said all that, how inviting does that sofa look. Perfect for putting your feet up after a day shopping in Galeries Lafayette.

I knew I was going to fall in love with this hotel when I spotted those lavender grey striped awnings and gorgeous flower boxes.

Campo marzio …. a little touch of rome in sydney

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The history …..

in 1933 an anonymous Roman craftsman carries out his work in the heart of Rome

after the second world war the quality and skill of the campo marzio bottega becomes well known in Rome

in 1930 Italians are invited by the fascist government to donate their gold to their country to finance their country’s entrance into the war … gold disappears from pens

the problem is solved by Italian craftsmen creating pens with nibs built in murano glass … Campo Marzio has an example of these gems in its collection of vintage pens today

war forces the shop to the Prati neighbourhood and the market is transformed by the ballpoint pen

Campo Marzio survives the industrialization of the 60’s and 70’s

during the 80’s it moves to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele

in the 90’s it moves back to the Via di Campo Marzio joining the great Italian and international fashion brands … their name becomes their ‘brand’ expanding to every corner of the globe

it’s success and uniqueness of concept was recognized on the occasion of the Jubilee of the Roman Church in the Year 2000 producing a special collection of rare and precious fountain pens for the Vatican

the brand represents quality writing instruments, business accessories and leather items with a rare collection of unique fountain pen models collected over many years.

This is a success story, or a story of survival … so interesting yet rather poignant !!

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Think exquisite quality, colour, style and a little bit of fun.  The shop in the Queen Victoria Building is a find and I have it in my little black book !!

Fortnum and mason diamond jubilee tea salon

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Very exciting to discover the refurbished Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason.

Designer David Collins has created a beautiful environment to sip tea or bubbly and enjoy the delicacies …. a tradition synonymous with Fortnum’s.

Since the opening up of the Far East for trade from the west, Fortnum and Mason have sourced the finest teas …. making a choice is the difficulty.

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The fourth floor was always home to the St James restaurant … now one can enjoy the elegant Georgian surroundings of the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

Tea will arrive at your table with a timer that will ring once to indicate that it has reached the perfect brewing time !! and accompanied by the perfect delicate sandwiches and cakes …. linger and enjoy.

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