One of my fave online shops is Caravan Shoppe! They stock THE coolest range of illustrated goods which you purchase as a digital file and then print yourself. Full to the brim of bargain goodies you just have to take a peek.
Especially loving this new Ride Along 2014 Calendar which is illustrated by Mike Loveland for a teeny cost of $5!
Psst Caravan Shoppe also currently have free downloadable gift tags for Christmas which are super cute! Get them here…
How is there not an Australian stockist for Lenneke Wispelwey? A travesty I tell you!
Netherlands designer Lenneke creates the most divine geometric porcelain pieces in pretty pastel hues. They are a nod to retro pieces from an era past, but at the same time are beautifully modern and fresh. There is something so very romantic about the dusky colours she works in, it gives each piece a timeless quality and makes them feel more like an heirloom than a new purchase.
Times like these make me wish I had a shop of my own, because Lenneke’s work is definitely something I would stock…
Images by Masha Bakker Photography
The Ace Hotels are a chain of boutique hotels in Portland, Seattle, New York, Palm Springs, London and one opening this year in Los Angeles. The rooms in these hotels vary in style, but all ooze the same relaxed, casual coolness with a little vintage edge.
Most rooms feature beds covered in gloriously cosy blankets created exclusively for Ace Hotels by Pendleton. They have become a bit of a trademark of the chain, and the plaid or moose designs add a preppy, masculine feel to the decor. The New York hotel also features walls adorned with the works of local and international artists resulting in each room evolving a unique personality.
The only ACE hotel which has a dramatically different vibe is Palm Springs. It features equally amazing bedding designed by Nina Garduno at Freecity in LA, plus some beautifully boho rugs and floor cushions. The rooms also come with record players and old vinyl records for you to relax, how cool is that! The vinyl is available to purchase so you can return home with a soundtrack as a permanent reminder of your escape if you wish.
The bedding and many other items are available to purchase online from the Ace Hotel store, just in case you decide you cannot return to your normal life without these new luxuries! Add in the vintage leather lounges and the fact that most of the chain are pet friendly, and I just cannot decide what I love most about this series of hotels!
The Hermitage – Ace Hotels
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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