London: The Knightsbridge Hotel

I’m still alive.  Between moving and starting my awesome new job in Chattanooga (in case you missed it), I have been a crazy person lately.  I have so much to share about London.  And so much to share about my new job!  I’ve decided to share in chronological order:  London first…  Also, London comes first because I started writing this post over a week ago and I need to finish it.

I’ve decided that since there are so many pictures from London I am going to break it down into categories.  The hotel we stayed at in London, The Knightsbridge Hotel, deserves a post all on its own.  My cousins and I found it online and thought it looked nice/cute.  It turned out to far exceed my expectations – it was the cutest boutique hotel I’ve ever been inside!  AND would you believe that it is owned and decorated by an interior designer?  Yes, talented Kit Kemp designed every inch of it.  It is so chic I don’t know how to describe it except to say it’s all in the details.  She certainly has a unique style.  I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves.

Picture me walking around the hotel’s public rooms taking these pictures.  I’m sure the employees thought I was strange.  I also bought Kit’s book in the hotel, which features pictures of the Knightsbridge Hotel.

Knightsbridge Hotel, London

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The Scottie dogs behind us are made out of cardboard or something… There was so much neat and creative artwork all throughout the hotel.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

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Don’t know how to make this picture NOT sideways.

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Clearly, I was obsessed with these chairs.

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Lobby

Lobby

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One of the three hotel rooms I got to see.  The walls of this room were covered in a gray linen.  The sofa was upholstered in felt, along with the bedskirt and other pieces in the room.  I think Kit Kemp likes felt.

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Loved this pink ikat lamp shade!

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Not a bad view :)

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Another one of the rooms I got to see…

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Walls are covered in a light green linen.  There is a mannequin in the corner of every room.

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I just want to point out that this post was entirely voluntary and nobody at Firmdale Hotels is paying me to write this.  I just thought our hotel was exceptionally chic!  Although I would be more than happy to have them as a sponsor ;)

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Trendy Tuesday

I’m so glad Monday is over.  I’m already looking forward to the weekend (I’m hosting my friends at my parents cabin again!).  Mallory Mathison Inc. seems to be very busy, as usual; and I am thankful, as usual :)…   But I’m still an advocate of a 4 day work week!

These are just some pretty pictures that I had to share.  I discovered them in various places in the blogging/social media world.   There’s no common thread here except that I love them and had to share them with you lucky people!

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The Best Feelings in the World.  I would have to agree with most of these.  Especially the “crawling into bed after a long day”.

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For some reason I looove this house.

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Anne Irwin art gallery - Lynn Johnson

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Love the fabric on this wing chair.  Not sure of the source though.

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Pale Pink

Pale pink is trending right now…  Maybe it’s just in my head.  But if y’all don’t like these pale pink pretties then you don’t know what’s good. ;)

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perfection in the form of flowers:

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Deeply considering a rug like this as a runner in the hallway of my apartment…

Lulu & Georgia's Jaeda Rug in Pink Flamingo

Lulu & Georgia’s Jaeda Rug in Pink Flamingo

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Michelle Armas

Michelle Armas

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Philip Gorrivan

Philip Gorrivan

Tory Burch, Robinson Spectator Middy Satchel in Pink Shell

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Benjamin Moore's Love & Happiness

Benjamin Moore’s Love & Happiness

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Photo of the Day

This sweet vignette of a bathroom makes me happy.   I’m ready for this rain to stop and the sun to come out!

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From Lonny magazine October/November 2009.  Interior design by Kate Simpson.

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A few of my favorite things…

This post doesn’t really have a category except maybe “Inspiration”.  I just wanted to share some pretty pictures… You know it’s good design when you find yourself loving something that you normally can’t stand (i.e. mint green, obnoxious orange, etc.).

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Too bad I don't have the source for this one.  Love it all.  The pink, the lamp, the rug, the glimpse of ikat on the back of that chair, I even love the hardware...

Too bad I don’t have the source for this one. Love it all. The pink, the lamp, the rug, the glimpse of ikat on the back of that chair, I even love the hardware…

Simple but pretty.

Simple but pretty.

Benjamin Dhong in House Beautiful

Benjamin Dhong in House Beautiful

How fabulous is that sconce?  And hanging it on that wallpaper is just PERFECTION.  Usually, I’m not a fan of a minty green… well this is an exception! ;)

Is this not the sweetest house you've ever seen?  via Martha Stewart

Is this not the sweetest house you’ve ever seen? via Martha Stewart

Carole Weaks in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Gorgeous painting + sweet white upholstered stools… that’s all. Carole Weaks in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Wow.  This is the obnoxious orange I was referring to.  I'm not saying I could live with it, but I just like it.  Nick Olsen's apartment via Lonny.

Wow. This is the obnoxious orange I was referring to. I’m not saying I could live with it, but I just like it. Maybe it’s that green leather chair that gets me. Nick Olsen’s apartment via Lonny.

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Miles’ Book Signing!

Tonight (Thursday night) I am going to Miles Redd’s Big Book of Chic book signing at Travadavi. I cannot wait to get my hands on that book. I’m supposed to go to dinner with friends after the book signing – I hope I make it because it’s going to be hard not to dive into that book for hours :)))

If you haven’t already ordered a copy, everyone should!

p.s. I love this picture of him :) [found on Mrs. Blandings]

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Beautiful Brass

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Brass finishes are a huge trend right now and I’m so glad.  Most of the time I absolutely prefer a brass finish over any finish on hardware, lighting, plumbing and furniture.  I especially love an antique brass finish.  However, I would be a little hesitant to use brass hardware and plumbing in my own home (as if I have a choice in my apartment!).  I think I’m scared that it’s too trendy and I’ll get sick of it after a while.  But if you think about it, replacing the knobs and pulls in a kitchen or bathroom is really not that big of a deal.  My kitchen and bathroom cabinets don’t even have hardware, otherwise I might consider ordering some of these gorgeous brass pulls from Restoration Hardware:

Gilmore Pull

Utility Latch

Or this pretty antique brass window hardware

And now some pictures that might inspire you to add some antique Brass to your life…

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Urban Grace Interiors’ Coastal Living house.  Notice the brass faucet on the sink – love it! [source]

those brass chairs!  [source]

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John Derian’s NYC bathroom [source]

Have you ever seen such a gorgeous hood? [source]

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Diane von Furstenburg Brass (or Gold) flatware… available from Neiman Marcus

West Elm also has a less expensive collection of Brass (or Gold) flatware

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[source]  Notice the Hicks pendant over the sink :)

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Black and White Abstract

I’ve been working on some artwork for my apartment lately.  I’ve been drawn to black and white abstract pieces for a long time.  I took several art classes in high school and in college.  Instead of buying something or finding a poster, I figured why not put my skills to the test?   How hard can it be?  We’ll see…

 

 

B&B Italia via Courtney Price

 

 

 

 

Nick Olsen 

 

chair silhouette painting via One Kings Lane

 

Christina Murphy

 

Charcoal drawing via One Kings Lane

 

 

 Dransfield & Ross via Lonny

 

 

Ralph Lauren via Courtney Price

 

via Eclectic Revisited

 

 All other images via Pinterest

 

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