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rhs chelsea flower show

It’s such a treat to visit The Chelsea Flower Show.

My friend John gifted me his ticket as he was unable to go. So, off I went last Wednesday afternoon. The weather was superb and the crowds were in full force. I had decided to plan my visit but that all went out of the window. Next best thing was to just follow my nose.

Here’s the map of the entire Chelsea Flower Show. It’s massive. I arrived at 6pm so only had a couple of hours until it closed.

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Here are some of my favourite exhibits. Hope you enjoy them.

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Floristry. Celebrating 150 years of Alice in Wonderland

There were some outstanding displays, but this exhibit by Hadlow College Floristry, which won a gold medal, was incredible. Look at the leaves on the teapot and that array of bold coloured flowers representing a stream of tea was just so inspiring.

rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving

rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving

There were flower bouquets galore but this made out of peonies caught my eye. The colours, just so beautiful and vibrant.

rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving

One of the most interesting projects was The New Craftsmen Artisan Retreats. They erected six sheds, each one showing off one of their makers, who brought different aspects of their craft practices to life.

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The picnic tables in the middle of the sheds

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Magical ladders swaying in the trees

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Katherine May, one of the artisans, dyed these beautiful fabrics with Hyacinth and Cochineal

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Macramé pot-hanger by Gina Marris

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Peony

rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving
Michael Ruh crafts vessels and vases of hand-blown glass. Choose your colour and size

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Here are the stunning vases.

Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory was breathtaking and won a gold medal. Nearly impossible to photograph, for it was rammed with people, it was a much needed oasis and respite from the loud music and hoards of visitors.

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The water stream was soothing

rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving

rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving
How beautiful is the little garden house?

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The colours of the various trees were just majestic

Another favourite was the National Chrysanthemum Society’s display where they used the pallet of colours of the Chrysanthemum to mimic the varying colours and flavours of ice cream. They showcased them in a cone, Knickerbocker Glory and tubs. A genius idea which also got a gold medal.

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an amazing display

rhs chelsea flower show - colourliving
Anyone for Apricot flavoured ice cream?

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Or pink grapefruit?

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Or blueberry?

There was so much more to see, but so little time. The Chelsea Flower Show ended on Saturday evening. I cannot wait for next year!

This post will stay live till Monday 1st June.

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urban jungle bloggers – show your plant gang

I saw on Twitter on Tuesday that people were ready for their Urban Jungle Bloggers post! How did that happen? I could have sworn it was for next week.

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers from all over the world to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on their Pinterest boards and Facebook page.

May’s theme is: ‘show your plant gang’…..

OK, with limited time I had to carve out a slot when there aren’t any hailstones coming down. I thought it would be fun to photograph some of the gang on la terrace!

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Here’s the gang!

It was nice to take my DIY Kokedama’s outside for this little photo shoot.

urban jungle bloggers - show your plant gang - colourliving

My Budda is making sure all is well on the roof terrace. I can’t wait for my herb garden to properly start growing and to grow tomatoes next month.

urban jungle bloggers - show your plant gang - colourliving

Mr Turtle is keeping everyone a bit of company. Everything is starting to grow, but we did have hailstones a few days ago which isn’t good for the plants.

urban jungle bloggers - show your plant gang - colourliving

I’m not sure of the name of this little tree. I bought it last year and it’s doing well.

urban jungle bloggers - show your plant gang - colourliving

Here’s Magda, my beautiful Hydrangea. Again, she’s starting to bloom. Looking forward to the different colour changes.

urban jungle bloggers - show your plant gang - colourliving

I look forward to inspecting the other plant gangs:-) On Monday I will show you some of the beauties I found at the Chelsea Flower Show. Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend. For those in the UK, enjoy the extra day.

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sesame – london’s new street food bar

Last Friday saw the opening of Sesame, a new street food bar that specialises in the tastes of the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean. It’s headed up by Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi.

As a long time fan of Ottolenghi and Nopi it was a no-brainer to head off to Garrick Street in Covent Garden and see what it’s all about.

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With a great location, just by the corner of St. Martin’s Lane, it’s immediately very visible and inviting.

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving

Inside it’s kept simple and unpretentious. It reminds me of pitching up to a falafel bar somewhere in Tel-Aviv and that’s the point. This is a fast food joint with seating inside. It’s not chic or designed like we’ve come to expect from the Ottolenghi chain. Here, it’s ALL about the street food. Inspired by the grills and market stalls of North Africa, Palestine, Turkey and Yemen, Sesame serves breakfast, a selection of made-to-order pittas, kebab skewers and prepared salads. I kind of wanted to try it all.

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Levantine-style tiling and simple painted brickwork.

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving
A wall gallery of curious images and photography

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving
Downstairs you’ll find a different colourway of the Levantine-style tiling

And here’s my lunch. A skewer of lemon and za’atar chicken with cauliflower, pomegranate and tahini salad. The meat melted in my mouth and the ingredients in the salad were just perfect. I enjoyed a simpler and less fussy food combo than at Ottolenghi. Just superb!

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Francesca, who heads up the team and manages the place is super nice and helpful. For a fast food joint it’s outstanding. My food came to just over £6 which isn’t bad at all for so much flavour.

My biggest reservation is the lack of communication of the sourcing of the meat. There are no listings of ingredients either on the board by the till or on the salad boxes. There is, however, mention of various dietary requirements on their informative website. It tells you what is gluten free, dairy free et cetera and educates on some less well know ingredients.

All in all it’s a welcome new addition to the London fast food scene and I cannot wait to return.

I’ve obtained a Sesame Opening 50% Discount Offer which is valid until 29th May 2015. Do leave a message here below and I’ll happily send you on a voucher.

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cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel

When I saw über cool crafts mecca The New Craftsmen announce a cultural walking tour, it took me exactly 2 minutes to book a place on it. Why you may ask. Well, first of all it was run by Fox & Squirrel who specialise in guided London walks for the culturally curious. Secondly a walking tour entitled ‘Ways of Seeing’ which highlights diverse ways of exploring your locality through a craftsman’s perspective just made me instantly press the pay button. Thirdly, I’m a big fan of The New Craftsmen as you can see from my blog post.

Here’s a bit of background. The New Craftsmen have been working for the last year with seven of their star makers to develop Made of Mayfair, a project which culminates in a six weeks showcase of work by Aimee Betts, Billy Lloyd, Catarina Riccabona, Katherine May, Mr Smith, Pedro da Costa Felgueiras & Rosalind Wyatt.

Last year all makers went on a Mayfair cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel and subsequently created a new body of work in direct response to the local environment, drawing on the history, architecture & artisan traditions that have contributed to Mayfair’s rich history.

During London Craft Week The New Craftsmen were hosting a series of events, cultural walks & workshops to introduce the ‘Made of Mayfair’ concept.

The tour was led by Penelope Sacorafou, co-founder and MD of Fox & Squirrel.

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We met, a group of twelve, outside the Cavendish Hotel in Duke Street. We were given Muji notebooks and a pen and our first task was set. The main aim was to capture (preferably by mark making) any details and nuances we saw that aided as a source of creativity to the above makers. How? By looking up, looking down and trying to observe the ‘unusual’.

One of the exercises was to hone into a detail of this William Mitchell panel made in 1964. You can see what I chose here below.

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

My fascination in that part of Mayfair lay with the ground. The stone, pavement and man hole covers. I also was fsacinated by the designs in cast iron. No doubt some of these will appear in some future sketches of mine.

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

 

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

We stopped at St.James’s Church in Piccadily to meet talented hand-weaver Catarina Riccabona.

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

Catarina was installed there for 2 days during London Craft Week to develop a series of samples which take direct inspiration from the magnificent woodcarvings of Grinling Gibbons.

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

She explained how normally she does not pre-design on graph paper but actually starts weaving straight away.

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

Here’s part of her piece on the loom. Beautiful and delicate.

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

We made numerous stops along the route where Penelope shared her vast knowledge.

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

Our final destination was The New Craftsmen where we had the pleasure to meet Mr Smith, a polymath – a craftsman, designer, typographer, printmaker, wordsmith & maker. This below was his finished piece for the Made for Mayfair project, which resulted in some wonderful prints.

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He also designed, set & printed a series of beautiful typographic maps that unveil the inspiration & document the journey of the makers through their Mayfair journey.

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This here is a prototype for some wallpaper Kelvin designed. I do hope it goes into production. I just LOVED it!

cultural walking tour with Fox & Squirrel - colourliving

I thoroughly enjoyed the few hours. Penelope is charming, knowledgeable and very approachable. It was nice to meet a group of interested and curious people from various walks of life and as ever thank you to The New Craftsmen for organising such a great event and pulling off a stunning year long project.

This post will stay live until Monday 18th May. Have a good weekend.

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daily sketching part four

It’s six weeks since I last posted some of my sketches. Although I do mark making every day some of my designs have become more intricate and have taken much longer to complete. The other thing I noticed is that I now like working on multiple sketches. So sometimes I’ll create the background of a new sketching spread and come back to it at a later date.

For new readers, here are some more of my older sketches.

This piece here below was inspired by seeing some funky tiles. After completing all squares I had this urge to now work further into each square. I know this sounds funny. I first have to make a coloured copy before attempting this. The other thing is that some squares could work as a bigger piece on their own, so lots of food for thought.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

I started this before Easter and the inspiration came from… err… Easter eggs. This took ABSOLUTE ages to finish, well beyond Easter:-) never mind… now I see them as little jewel eggs. In fact it would be fun to enlarge this or maybe even make a painting.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

A little sketch of St Paul’s Cathedral while sitting in the members café of Tate Modern.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

The wonderful Sonja Delaunay exhibition inspired me to do the following sketchbook spread. I just loved the exhibition and can’t wait to return.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

This next piece is a close representation of one of Sonja Delaunay’s paintings. I wanted to try and copy it to understand her amazing sense of colour and composition.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

A bit of doodling while watching some TV.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

The weekend of de-cluttering my office space inspired this next piece. All I saw was papers and magazines galore. This works on its own but I would like to take it a step further.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

An unfinished piece in my sketchbook.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

This here was based on some pumpkins and squash I saw. I decided to draw the background and come back later to see what to do with it.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

While tidying up, I came across a box of beads I had. This inspired the next spread in my sketchbook.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

And finally a little bit of inspiration from precious stones, adapted and unfinished.

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

daily sketching part four - colourliving

As ever, I’m very greatful for all the lovely comments and continuous support.

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urban jungle bloggers – giving a green gift

It’s this time again. The time for an Urban Jungle Bloggers post!

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on Pinterest and on Facebook.

April’s theme is: ‘giving a green gift’…..

I must say this is definitely one of my favourite topics so far. Hot on gift giving, after all Mapology Guides did publish a map on this subject, I got very excited about what and who to give this green gift to. In the end I realised I could make something for me as well as for someone else.

I’m probably really late to the party but I only read about Japanese Kokedama (Moss Balls) a few months ago. Kokedama is a style of Japanese bonsai made by taking your plant out of its pot and into a ball of soil held together with a unique soil mixture, moss and string. Intrigued, I immediately wanted to learn more. Now, what better opportunity than to try and make some myself for this post and then gift one to a friend.

So, off I set to do my research. I read instructions, blog posts. I watched some videos. One seems to need pleat moss but that’s not sold in the UK due to it not been sustainable. After a while, with time restraints (what’s new) I got bored and fed up!!

Eureka moment set in! I love cooking. Of course, I’m a seasoned cook, confident and experienced. Do I read many instructions? Do I drive myself crazy with different recipes and different takes on a dish? NO! I just get on with it the Colourliving way. Learn the basics and just go ahead and do it! You’ll learn on the way…

Great. Now all I needed was to go to a garden centre and get my bits. Here’s what I bought.

Bonsai Mix
Sphagnum Moss
Water holding pebbles
Fern plant
Muehlenbeckia Maori plant

God knows I have enough strings in my habedashery collection. Some scissors and I was good to go. Now, I’d be lying if I said it isn’t a messy business. It’s SUPER messy but SUPER DUPER fun! In my book that counts as YAY! No, I’m not going to list instructions. Just dabble with it. Be brave, be bold and experiment. That’s the best way to learn anything. I would, however, recommend to watch some video instructions as to understand the basic principle of creating a Kokedama.

Do you want to see? Sure you do!

I started off with a fern plant.

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Do you like the string? I bought it many years ago from VV Rouleaux. The wrapping of the string comes very natural to me as I often wrap presents this way. For hanging I found some braids in various colours in my cupboard. I really like the copper one I used here.

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Next up was the Muehlenbeckia Maori plant. For this Kokedama I used some salmon coloured silk thread. To hang it I opted for some florist’s twine.

urban jungle bloggers - giving a green gift

urban jungle bloggers - giving a green gift

Now for the gift! It’s one thing applying colour strings for me but I thought I go more muted for giving one away. As I’ll be seeing the lovely and talented Alison this evening, who records all her upcycled art and cards on her fab blog, I thought she might enjoy receiving one of my moss balls. Psst, don’t tell her. I’m hoping she won’t read this post until after we’ve met.

urban jungle bloggers - giving a green gift

I pulled out a little bead necklace I made many years ago as another little present for her.

urban jungle bloggers - giving a green gift

Et voila. All wrapped up and ready to go to Alison’s home. I do hope she’ll like it!

urban jungle bloggers - giving a green gift

I had tons of fun making these and best of all I think I, once and for all, got rid of the ‘what if I kill a plant’ mantra!

I want to thank Igor and Judith for the continuous inspiration to experiment and stretch myself in all matters urban jungle. Now wish me luck to keep my Kokedamas alive. As I understand, I need to either spray them daily or soak them in water a few times a week. I shall report back.

As ever, looking forward to seeing everyone else’s posts on giving a green gift!

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Being Bank Holiday on Monday, this post will stay live until Thursday 7th May.

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the hive conference 2015 – berlin

OK. I am just going to say it out loud. I’m a big fan of the Hive conference.

In 2012, the Hive was my very first blogging conference I attended, so naturally I was excited to join again this year. Back in Berlin, but now in a more posh venue, it did not disappoint. I really like that the conference runs over a whole weekend. It gives you a chance to attend talks and workshops but also hang out and have free time to meet and bond with so many people. It’s always nice to see familiar faces and a pleasure to meet so many new ones.

Of course, as a more experienced blogger, not every talk or workshop was appropriate for me. But it doesn’t really matter as overall the atmosphere, networking, good food and interesting discussions make up for everything. There were many highlights for me but here are a few great memories of a fun and educational weekend.

Lego made this great sign and Yvonne, the organiser of the event, got to keep it after the event. Yay! Talking of Lego, Lego Duplo held one of the workshops. I was highly impressed. Not being the kind of blogger who works with brands, it was interesting to see that their whole workshop focused on how best to collaborate, support and work with bloggers. They understand that it’s a two-way relationship. Their workshop was refreshing, engaging and very professional. Thank you.

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This below is great. Now a firm and regular feature at the Hive conference, one can never tire of this bloggers business cards fabric world map. How great is it to see where people are from. A genius idea!

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My absolute highlight of the whole conference has to be the styling workshop with stylist/photographer/artist Dietlind Wolf. It’s difficult to describe the emotions I felt throughout. A masterclass in everything from styling to design to life’s lessons, I (and I believe everyone else) came away invigorated, inspired and full of gratitude to Dietlind for being authentic, sharing so much of herself and her incredible talent.

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All props and hand made items and layout © Dietlind Wolf. Photo taken by me.

the hive conference 2015 - berlin | colourliving
Finished styling vignette © Dietlind Wolf. Photo taken by me.

Another great idea was the bloggers book corner. Filled with every book on the market by a blogger, you were able to browse all books over the weekend. The surprise came when we were each asked to take a number and then handed one of the books on display at the end of the conference. Lucky for me, I got a book I don’t yet owe and is completely up my street. Result!

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Print & Pattern 2

I enjoyed myself tremendously. The venue, atmosphere and food was great. Best of all, it was fantastic to see Yvonne and her team thrive and put on such a fantastic event. Love how super excited she is about next year. Yep, the location has been let out the bag. We’re coming for you Dublin and I cannot wait. Ahem, I’m already officially booking myself onto Dietlind Wolf’s workshop, the only workshop already announced and confirmed!

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Thank you everyone involved for the inspiration.

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roamers café in berlin

Roamers was high on my list of new places to discover in Berlin. Not the easiest to find, it’s around the corner at the very end of Pannierstraße in Neukölln. I actually went the wrong way which made me discover another gem, but that’s for another post!

It opened in January 2014 so it already has a major following. What attracted me the most was that it’s definitely an Urban Jungle in the middle of the city.

The moment I arrived I was in love. The sun was beaming and many people sat outside trying to soak up some Vitamin D. Berlin gets very grey and cold over the winter months.

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

Inside your eyes are immediately drawn to plants, greens, delicious food, a shabby chic interior and a most relaxed atmosphere. I couldn’t wait to sit down and get the Roamers experience.

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

If you want to have coffee, cake and food amongst an Urban Jungle, this is the place for you. As with many places in Berlin, it’s all very low key and relaxed. Plants sit comfortably on floors, shelves and hang from ceilings.

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

roamers café in berlin - colourliving

The food looked so good that I didn’t know what to choose. In the end I went for the breakfast platter. All truly fresh and scrumptious.

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I’ve read that Roamers and their food presentation has been compared to the likes of images found in Kinfolk magazine. Not the biggest fan of this recent movement with most blogs and Instagram photos trying to emulate that look, Roamers certainly has it’s unique take and character. But why not go and see for yourselves?

Roamers
Pannierstraße 64
12043 Berlin Neukölln

This post will stay live until Monday 27th April

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a stroll in regents park

Gosh, the weather. It just had to be documented. It’s the middle of April but it seems like high summer, so here are photos from a little stroll in Regents Park.

Being cherry blossom season, I wanted to find some pink and white ones. I knew that there is  the Avenue of cherry trees on either side of Chester Road. This year you won’t find any there as the trees are being replaced with new ones for next year.

You can sponsor a cherry blossom tree. Here’s the updated Regents Park Cherry Tree Fund.

Happy that I found some…

a stroll in regents park - colourliving

a stroll in regents park - colourliving

a stroll in regents park - colourliving

a stroll in regents park - colourliving

a stroll in regents park - colourliving

a stroll in regents park - colourliving

Soon the season will be over and we’ll have to wait for another year. Have a good weekend. See you back here on Monday x

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the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms

Today I’m excited to feature the newly added bedrooms at the Hospital club. My regular readers will know that I’ve been a proud member of this private membership club for almost 10 years. I’ve blogged about the club, its history and our lovely CEO before. You can also read about the Oak room addition back in 2013.

In January this year the club changed yet again and added 15 luxurious bedrooms to its already exciting offerings. Designed by Russell Sage Studio I knew I would instantly love it, having seen their previous work in the club and some of their other projects.

Cosy, luscious, sophisticated, kitted out with leathers, velvets, warm woods and stained glass the rooms range from Small to Medium and Large to Suites. There’s been a lot of press coverage so you can find many images. I wanted to concentrate on some of the details and find out more about the thinking behind it so asked Michael Berg, Creative Director of the club, some questions.

How do you start a project like this. Where does the inspiration come from? The decision to put bedrooms in the club was a result of feedback from members. Three out of every four new members asked about accommodation. Also when we talked to existing members about developments they would like to see in the club, bedrooms were always mentioned. We were also lucky that due to the length of time to get the planning permission, it enabled us to talk, research, define and debate what we personally liked about hotels and what we didn’t like. We were able to fully define the service and the design route for the rooms.

So, now you had some ideas on paper. What came next? We were able to present to Russell Sage a very detailed view of what the bedrooms should be like , ideas, the features and also how we intended to service them. This enabled  him and his team to go away and create a full presentation for us.

Russell Sage Studio has worked on many areas within the club. What makes you choose his studio over and over again? I originally introduced Russell to the previous CEO when we were refurbishing the 2nd Floor. Russell had always been a fan of the club and was always saying to me how much he wanted to work on the club. He consistently delivers, he understands our DNA and, most importantly, gets the right balance between design and comfort. I also think that over a period of time you get to know and understand each other, and as a testament to this, we only changed a handful of ideas from the original pitch.

You had a special carpet designed by Russell Sage Studio. Can you expand? We knew early on that it was important to give the rooms an identity, and in our building that can at times prove challenging as there are very few distinct or stand out original features. The idea with the carpet is that when you see it in a photo alongside the headboards you will immediately say “Hospital Club”. It’s a bold design that carries through from the corridors to the rooms.

How detailed was the brief to the interior designers. How do you make sure you stay within budget? It was a very detailed brief, in terms of what we wanted and did not want, what we hoped to achieve et cetera. We employed a separate company to project manage all aspects of the build, including interiors and I am delighted to say it did come in under budget.

You involved artists from the club in your decor of the rooms. Good collaborations? When we decided to put art in the rooms we wanted a program that had resonance and a connection to the club. It made total sense to ask artists who had previously been exhibited in the club, it reinforces the provenance and commitment to contemporary art that we have created. All the artists were amazing, offering their work unconditionally. It has been a wonderful and delightful collaboration.

The detail of attention is impeccable. Tell us about your special cocktail mixes and the little book of creativity. The cocktail mixes were the inspiration of our head barman and the bottles came from a goodie bag I received. The Little Book of Creativity was our answer to the Gideon’s Bible normally found in hotels.

We live in an information age and want to feel at home, wherever we are. Is the Hospital Club with bedrooms now a true ‘home from home’ space? I certainly hope so, I think it completes the offering, we are now truly 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a week.

Is there a particular part of this process you enjoyed the most? I think the most enjoyable part was the sourcing and selection of items in the rooms, from blankets to kettles, clocks, hot water bottles, toiletries but also getting the art together!

Thank you Michael!

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Stepping out of the lift on the third floor where the bedrooms are located.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
Fabulous carpet design by Russell Sage Studio found throughout the third floor.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
Part of the corridor on the third floor. On the other side, Solomon & Wu have added witty, medically-themed resin murals lining the bedroom corridors.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
Exquisite overarching headboards in warm wood. Another signature feature of all the bedrooms. This here is part of a Suite.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
All rooms have Roberts radios.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
Beautiful hand-stitched detail on blankets.

Artefacts, books, ornaments, 70’s retro cabinets and quirky display units make the Suites feel more like a private residence than a hotel room.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving

Another great touch. In each room, the respective artist chose their three favourite books for guests to enjoy.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving

Always with the fingers on the pulse, there are also some Terrariums found in the Suites.

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Beautiful Terrarium by Alyson Mowat of Botanique.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
Some hanging Terrariums by Alyson and a writing desk.

 

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
You can purchase this Little Book of Creativity, as well as other items featured in the rooms in the Hopsital club shop. All proceeds from the Little Book of Creativity will go to the h.Club Foundation

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Sunny mirror.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
Magnificient Rockstar Whisky Bar in one of the Suites by Buster + Punch.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
Incredible workmanship and detail of the Rockstar Bar.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving
Customised cocktail mixes.

All rooms are kitted out with Roberts radios, old style telephones, iPod docks, TV screens and lots of charm and details. In the Suites you’ll find extras like a terrace,  an Espresso machine and an erotic mini bar by Holloway Smith Noir. All bedrooms have the midas touch and even the couple of windlowless rooms make you feel cocooned.

One of the most genius features are the stained glass designs. All different, they add a glorious touch and luminous light.

the hospital club adds 15 bedrooms - colourliving

Truth be told, photographs don’t do the bedrooms justice. Like with any multi-layered, textured, tactile and sensual space, you have to actually be in one and experience it for yourself. The best part is that by staying in one of the rooms you automatically get the Hospital club experience as if you were a member. Great service, food, cinema screenings, excellent value for money. I could go on and on and on, but then I’m bias. Rumour has it that there’s a mobile barman who arrives outside your room at 7pm with a trolley fully stocked with lethal cocktails.

A great team work and as I said at the beginning of my post I’m a proud member of this private membership club for almost 10 years and not about to go anywhere else. For those of you who would like to stay in one of the bedrooms, give me a nudge and I’ll see if I can pass on my membership discount to you.

I’m taking a little hiatus. See you back here on Thursday 16th April.

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