If you love London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum as much as I do, you’ll be thrilled to learn they’ve recently expanded. The second floor private apartment of the famous English architect is now on public view for the first time in 160 years. I can’t wait to see his blue and white china collection in person. Also on view is the special exhibition, “Inspired by Soane: I Found This And Thought of You,” which features postcards illustrated by prominent creatives such as Manolo Blahnik, Zaha Hadid, and Christopher Bailey of Burberry. That’s Bailey’s take on the museum above…charming, indeed. Book your tour of the Sir John Soane’s private residence here.
VISIT: Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, England
I’ve loved following Anna Spiro’s instagram as she decorates Halcyon House, a new boutique hotel on Australia’s Carbarita Beach. The bold interiors feature Anna’s trademark pattern play with colorful textiles, wallpapers, and floor tiles. The coastal inspired gallery walls are a highlight and feature many pieces by Wayne Pate, an immensely talented Brooklyn artist I have long adored. Anna and I met ages ago in New York and her projects have delighted me for years. Not only is she brilliant when it comes to design, she also happens to be one of the kindest, most genuine women I’ve had the good fortune to meet from the blogosphere. Good people doing good work…doesn’t get much better than that. Book a dreamy stay at Halcyon House here.
I spotted these lovely new editions of Jane Austen’s classic novels in London last September and was extremely tempted to make room in my suitcase. They were in the gift shop of the National Portrait Gallery and their colorful patterned spines immediately jumped off the bookshelf. Painted by Leanne Shapton, an American artist I so admire, the series includes Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Emma. I’m so pleased to learn they’re now available stateside in hardback at Anthropologie.com and after some digging, in paperback on Amazon. They’d make a fantastic birthday or graduation gift, don’t you think? I just may have to treat myself…
Lately I’ve been admiring the instagrams of Chloé Creative Director Clare Waight Geller. The stylish Brit now resides in France, though she often frequents London and Cornwall. From her wonderfully cluttered desk to her fondness for bursts of anemones, there’s something about Clare’s romantic images I can’t help but love. Thanks to this pic, I’ve added a trip to the Château de Chambord to my bucket list.