Archive for: November, 2013
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Jamie Oliver’s restaurant designs always hit the winning spot in Mr. Bazaar’s book. In fact I’ve blogged about the vibrant Union Jacks restaurant design and one of his industrial Italian locations in the past. You can certainly feel an industrial edge filtering through from the Italian brand of restaurants into this new Trattoria outlet, which is designed to be a smaller and more intimate dining experience. Blacksheep, the company who designed the interior, were not tasked with a specific design approach but were told that it should reflect a local independent feel. Mnay of the fittings were reclaimed with doors from a salvage yard in Dorset, tiles from a local church and booths made from scaffolding planks. All of these elements have contributed to the rustic-industrial feel of the space, which also features rich colour layered throughout. I really like how there are different types of seating options as part of the design. I often feel like popping into a restaurant just for a coffee or quick sweet but when there are only formally dressed tables available it doesn’t feel like the right dining atmosphere. Here they have an informal, almost lounge-like area at the front for casual dining and coffees, as well as more formal tables with cosy button tufted banquet booths for longer meals. Another huge plus point for me is the considered lighting options: dining under bright lights is one of my pet hates! What makes for great restaurant design in your book, folks?
// Interior design by Blacksheep
Remember a few weekends ago when I visited Home Barn? Well, despite winter deciding to come back in full (gail!)force on Monday – the wind was biting and snow was gently falling – I decided to venture back out to Home Barn, this time with my pals Igor and Caroline joining me for the antiques adventure. When you enter Home Barn there’s a real sense of excitement as you have no idea what you are about to find; a feeling only accentuated by the softly falling snow that managed to fall through the gaps in the barn’s roof. The barn itself is of lofty proportions, with wooden beams so wonky they might as well call them The Definition of Character! Swooping drapes accentuate the height and create an almost theatrical feel to the space, within which I discovered an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and accessories across industrial, reclaimed, antique and modern themes. The owners, Sarah and Sally, regularly change up the assortment of products and finds on offer, cleverly weaving modern day trends through the myriad of vintage pieces. This is most notable with the fluro accents seen across both furniture and accessories throughout the barn. I may have left HomeBarn with a cold nose but I was fizzing with creative ideas for my home – have you ever had a magical antiques experience?
// Photography by Will Taylor
Thank you all so much for the warm hearted and generous words of congratulations about the Bright.Bazaar book – your support and encouraging comments were much appreciated as I head into this daunting (but ever so exciting) new chapter. Having been lucky enough to travel to Cologne/Dusseldorf, Paris and Stockholm during January, I’m relishing the opportunity to spend this weekend at home; my fiancé and I will be attempting to make croissants and pain au chocolat from scratch for the very first time (we’re gonna need all the luck we can get!). Before I head off to kick up my feet I wanted to share these snaps of the Scandic Grand Central Hotel in Stockholm where I stayed on my recent visit. The hotel is located in a building that dates back to 1885 and while the lobby offers an indulgent mix of rich colour, the corridors remain monochromatic with typographical quotes adorning occasional walls – a feature that runs through to the artwork in the rooms themselves. As well a the lobby, I loved the cosy, industrial meets Moroccan chic bar area; those floor tiles are heavenly and I couldn’t resist a cheeky Instagram shot of them during my stay! Talking of Instagram shots, it was so fun to hang out with both new and old blogging friends after my keynote speech, like Jeanette, Arianna and Ilaria, amongst many others. The Scandic Grand Central Hotel Stockholm was one of the best hotels I’ve stayed in for a long time; do you have any great hotels to recommend, friends?
// Photography by Bright.Bazaar Instagram, Scandic Grand Central Hotel, Idalifestyle & Arianna Interiors