I have a real soft spot for warehouse style conversions, so it was with complete joy that I discovered this rough diamond.
The Wythe Hotel is located on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, New York. This historic textiles factory was converted into a boutique 70 room hotel by Morris Adjmi Architects, opening it’s doors to the public in 2012.
The design cleverly incorporates the history of the building but elevates it to an arty, hipster glam. The exposed brick walls and original timber ceilings have been retained and complemented by the addition of polished concrete, cork and brown leather sofas. Local craftsman Dave Hollier of DHWWD was commissioned to create furniture, such as the beds and desks, from the wood salvaged during the renovation of the original factory.
The hotel has a definite arty feel. Old pieces of machinery remain in the hotel like Duchamp sculptures alongside commissioned artworks by Duke Riley, ESPO and Tom Fruin. How cool is the Hotel sign by Tom Fruin? It hangs dramatically at the entrance but seems to fits perfectly into this industrial setting, repurposed street signs form each letter adding specks of colour before it has even been switched on. I am totally in love with artist ESPOs painted works of retro Brooklyn labels, they cover the walls of the adjacent building so views through the hotel windows feel authentic, industrial and decidedly local.
The new extension adds space for some amazing lofts and a rooftop bar, all of which share a seriously spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. über cool without being pretentious, now that’s my kinda place!
The Hermitage – The Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, New York
Inspired by this weeks The Hermitage, I thought a wee bit of pinspiration was in order to end the week!
I have selected some gorgeous images that really display the variety of ways wood can be used in the home, and the various effects it can create. See how the natural colours and textures of wood can add warmth and interest to your home. From Scandi to Rustic, I think I have covered all tastes and styles!
Herringbone parquetry is still my number one obsession… what style do you love the best?
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I adore these personalised paper portraits dolls by Jordan Grace Owens, and it appears I’m not the only one! Orders are currently backlogged due to huge demand and you can see why!
What a creative take on the family portrait! These little paper dolls are made to order to resemble all of your family members right down to the family pet or childs favourite toy. They have that cute retro feel to them thanks the moveable joins, but they are a little too delicate to use as toys and are more suited to a box frame. Best bit is this portrait can be updated whenever a new family member is added to your brood!
A great present idea to keep in mind for a future mothers day, fathers day, wedding or any event really!
Robin Egg Blue really is one of those classic colours. The beautiful cool tone of the blue always creates such a fresh, crisp aura in any room to which it is added. Depending on how it is used, Robin Egg Blue can either generate a sense of luxury and glamorous style or rekindle memories of vintage loveliness (That SMEG!!).
I live on the coast, so this colour combined with crisp white is one of my favourite combinations, it just screams beach to me. Below are some stunning inspirational images of various ways to use this classic colour in your home.
Happy Easter everyone, may all your eggs be good ones!
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I am completely obsessed with the new Jelly Hanging Planters by Australian company Angus & Celeste.
They are a fun mix of humor, practicality and great workmanship. Based on the shapes of old jelly moulds, these planters are cast in porcelain and suspended by super strong, stainless steel wires. This allows them to be used indoors or outdoors while maintaining their original finish. They are available in the yummiest range of pastel colours, adding to that retro loveliness. I love them so much that I have already put in an early birthday present request to my sister! (June isn’t really that far away is it?!)
And as an added stroke of genius, and generosity, Angus & Celeste have also supplied you with a list of plants that will happily live in your new hanging planter and look fabulous. What’s not to love?!
Merry Christmas to all you Hermit followers!
Wishing you all a day filled with good food and wine, and good friends and family. Hope you all get spoilt with some great gifts today and hopefully Hermit has been a source of inspiration for some of the gifts you have purchased for loved ones too.
We will be taking a little break from blogging to enjoy the festivities and celebrate as we enter into 2013. Thanks for following Hermit Homewares and we hope you will join us again in the new year to get your daily design fix.
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