Having not a holiday all year, it’s funny that I’m having two little trips away pretty much back to back. Copenhagen last week was fabulous & I would urge all lovers of design and amazing food to book a trip there as soon as they possibly can!
This week I’m heading to Tiree, the most westerly island of the inner Hebrides just off the west coast of Scotland. It’s a place I’ve had on my to-go-to list for some time & I’m thrilled to get opportunity to go stay with friends at their family place which was designed by my friend’s architect brother.
It just so happens that the house was recently featured in Scottish Homes & Interiors magazine and is somewhat of a design piece – I’m looking forward to seeing it in the flesh! Here are a couple of snaps – love the yellow door!
The plane journey tomorrow is an adventure in itself – apparently the planes land on the beach rather than an airfield – exciting!
Anyhow – I will be signing off for a couple of days whilst I’m away but I’ll be back next week. Have a great week!
There’s something about these bath rooms I really like – they’re rooms with character & are more like sitting rooms with baths in them than your typical bathroom.
By adding a chair or a stool or an armoire or bookcase you can really make the room feel like a place you’d like to spend time & linger in rather than just to quickly race in & out of the shower.
One of the key things about rooms like these is the space – you’ll need lots of space to pop an armchair or two in the room as well as all the other usual bathroom fittings – but there are other tricks you can use in smaller bathrooms to make them feel more homely. Try hanging artwork (one of my favourite touches in a bathroom), or soften the space with some soft furnishings – luxe curtains or a small upholstered stool on which to stack towels, perhaps.
Love these terry-cloth upholstered chairs & rather spectacular fireplace….. fireside bath anyone? What a bathroom!
This beauty reminds us we don’t always need to tile bathroom floors…
This walnut commode makes the room:
Terracotta tiles, silk carpet, ceiling beams and furniture makes this bathroom feel like a proper room:
A beautiful example of a bathroom made to feel more homely – injecting colour and whimsy with curtains, a fabulous berber rug and smart chest of drawers – love this!
The artwork and stool sets this bathroom apart from the norm:
And some other bathing beauties enlivened with artwork, furniture & soft furnishings….
I’m in Copenhagen today for a few days with my family as a pre-Christmas treat. We’re staying in a top hotel & planning on seeing the sights and touring around the city and visiting the pretty Christmas markets which I can’t wait for… I am desperate for a holiday!
I went to Copenhagen last October & it was wonderful, so it’ll be great to go back with my family and re-visit some of my favourite spots. We’re planning on doing some fine dining whilst we’re there too. You may not believe it but the Danes are at the top of their game when it comes to gastronomy…. I was so impressed with all the lovely food I had whilst there last time. The shopping and home wares are to die for too, so Copenhagen is firmly on my list of favourite cities. You can read about my travels from last time here.
Such a beautiful city & such great interior design – I ‘ll report back! And in the mean time, I have a couple of blog posts tucked up my sleeve for you to read whilst I’m away. Have a great week!
Have you seen the brand new alphabet cushions by designer Sue Timney for The Rug Company? They were featured in this month’s Vogue and I think they’re rather fab. Sadly they’re only available in certain letters, but if your name begins with letters A, B, C, D, E, J, K, L, M, N, R, S, T then you’re in luck!
My personal favourites are the D, M (stripes) and N (herringbone). A cute addition to a kids’ room, perhaps?
One of the best decisions I made for my house renovations was to have the gas fire removed from my sitting room and replaced with an open fire, as it would have been originally. There is a certain romance to a log fire – not only the warmth it creates but also the warm glow of light it casts into a room…. I could sit & stare at a big roaring open fire for hours.
It’s particularly lovely at night of course; and in my dark blue sitting room with candles lit & curtains drawn, it’s really rather cosy & snug – which is exactly what you want during Scottish winters. It felt like the 1st proper day of winter here in Edinburgh yesterday, so even though the fire’s been lit almost every night since the beginning of November, it will be especially relished now as the temperatures drop outside. Time to cosy up!
I have always loved this photo shoot done by Todd Selby of Kate & Andy Spade’s house – having the fire lit is the perfect finishing touch as far as I’m concerned.
These fire lit homes are pretty dreamy too….