We leave for London and Paris next week and I’m in crazy-Katie planning mode (itineraries are my passion). While in London, we’ll be dividing our time between two gorgeous Firmdale Hotels decorated by Kit Kemp. The first is their newest property, the Ham Yard Hotel. I’ve been dreaming about visiting their handsome library (above) ever since I spotted it on instagram last year. I’ll be sure to snap lots of photos while I’m there (I finally got a good camera!), but here’s a sneak preview. If you have any new London favorites (boutiques, museums, restaurants) I’d love to hear!
I’ve been eagerly awaiting photography of Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, England and the Wall Street Journal magazine finally spilled the beans. The rural retreat is the usual Soho House luxury with a distinct country twist. In addition to 40 guest cottages, the sprawling 100-acre estate includes a variety of outdoorsy activities such as boating, horseback riding, and in wintertime, ice skating. I’m excited to see Oxfordshire for myself when we make a day-trip to the University of Oxford next month (have you been? Let me know of any tips!). Perhaps this calls for a little detour en route!
(photography by Robbie Lawrence)
I am crazy about this tour of Liz Damrich’s stylish South Carolina home. Published by Style Me Pretty Living, the elegant Charleston abode is full of natural light, neutral furnishings, and stately antique accents. I especially love the classical bust on her dining table and furry living room ottoman (why didn’t I snatch one up at Target?!). In recent years, creatives have been flocking to Charleston thanks to its lively fashion, cuisine, and design scene. A New York transplant, Liz works for the much buzzed-about creative agency Fuzzco. Enjoy the dreamy photos!
(photography by Perry Vaile)
A charming bed and breakfast has opened for business In the English city of Bath, best known for its ancient Roman spas. I spotted a photograph of the stately space on the instagram feed of @sixsevensix and am so glad I investigated further. Berdoulat & Breakfast consists of two suites in the home of architect Patrick Williams, his wife, Neri, and their daughter, Wren. The building, designed by famous architect John Wood the Elder in 1748, also houses Patrick’s business, Berdoulat Architectural Design. The property was in shambles when the couple purchased it, but has since been restored to its original grandeur (albeit with a modern twist). Focused on preservation, Patrick’s rooms retain their historic integrity without compromising livability. My favorite room has to be the library (pictured below), brimming with the distinctive orange of classic Penguin paperbacks. Have you ever been to Bath…? I hope to someday pay the Williams a visit!
(photography via the Berdoulat & Breakfast website and the instagram @sixsevensix)