Well hello there! Last week I was lucky enough to take a quick trip to London with my mom. We went to Rita Konig's workshop and then spent two days visiting the best of London's antique and flea markets.
It was a productive and fun weekend (and if you know anything about my mom you know that only productive fun is allowed). It was also the shot of creative inspiration that I needed. I always tell people my job is 10% creativity, and 90% project management and follow through. The 10% still makes it worth it, but sometimes that 90% can slowly chip away at your creative juices. I don't think I even realized it before we left, but I was feeling drained. While we were gone I suddenly felt happier and more inspired. Without getting to sappy, just talking to fellow design lovers (I openly worship Rita) and taking in London's gorgeous architecture and gardens made me feel like a new person. Sometimes it takes leaving your whole "life" behind for a few days to really feel refreshed. I didn't hurt that my mom is one of my best friends and the quality time together was definitely good for the soul.
We stayed at the cutest hotel The Zetter Townhouse. It came highly recommended by one of my British friends and from the minute we walked in I felt like I was in magical British heaven.
When you walk in, you're greeted by the hotel's adorable bar (and breakfast spot), Seymour's Parlour. The walls are a deep, inviting red and the seating (and wall decor) and abundant.
I'm not sure if it's the onset of fall (or just my general disposition) but I'm having a more-is-more moment. I just want to cozy up in a jewel colored room and read shelter magazines by the fire, and while we didn't even sit down for a drink (sacrilegious I know) Seymour's parlour gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings that you get in fall. From the gorgeous leather fireplace bench (see the first image), to the cozy banquette, to the delightfully collected walls....the whole room feels as if it's been there forever, despite the fact that this location is only a year old.
We stayed at the Marylebone location which, if you haven't been to London before, I highly recommend. It's just a few blocks from Kensington Park and Oxford Street. It has a neighborhood vibe, but is only a few blocks away from the action. Somewhat like staying on 63rd and Madison in Manhattan...neighborhoody but centrally located.
The rooms are equally cozy with beautiful wood beds, heavy wool blankets and tasteful baths.
Some of the rooms do hit you over the head with the whole British thing, but I found it charming.
I especially love the deep blue walls this room.
We stayed in the room below which was adorable. It was downstairs so the only downside was that it was close to the bar bathrooms. If you sleep like I do (comatose from the time you lay down) then it's fine, but if you're a lighter sleeper (or adjusting to the time change) I recommend requesting a different floor.