BLAKES- RECREATING ITS ETHEREAL ROMANCE

Tucked away in a quiet corner of South Kensington lies Blakes, the vision of my namesake, Anouska Hempel. Regarded as the very first boutique hotel it maintains its opulent, original air and is full to the brim with Asian antiques collected on Anouska's travels.

Its dark beguiling exterior belies the lightness and delicacy of the hotel's Corfu suite. A perfect spot to lay a weary head or outstretch ones weary limbs.

Read on for a selection of handpicked pieces that have the spirit of the Corfu suite...

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INDIAN BONE INLAY CHEST

 
 1st Dibs- £4,700

1st Dibs- £4,700

 

GUSTAVIAN CABINET

 
 Petersham Nurseries- £5,400

Petersham Nurseries- £5,400

 

LARGE ANTIQUED MERCURY MIRROR

 
 Petersham Nurseries- £2,600

Petersham Nurseries- £2,600

 

SWEDISH STONE URN

 
 Lassco- £1,800

Lassco- £1,800

 

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SOHO HAUS BERLIN- RECREATING ITS SUMPTUOUS INDUSTRIAL VIBE

Soho Haus Berlin has a complex past, designed by architects Georg Bauer and Siegfried Friedlander in the New Objectivity style, a style that offered a return to unsentimental reality and a focus on the objective world, as opposed to the more abstract, romantic and idealistic tendencies of Expressionism.

It began life in the late 1920s as Jonass & Co. a seven-storey department store with a rooftop restaurant before serving as the Reich Youth Leadership’s headquarters under Artur Axmann during the Second World War. 

After the war, the building, like Berlin, entered a new chapter. East Berlin was handed to the Soviet Union and the building became the seat of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. After the fall of the Berlin wall the building was returned to the descendants of the original Jewish owners under the reparations act, laying empty for a long period in the 1990s before its most recent incarnation as Soho Haus.

Read on for inspiration on how to bring this sumptuous industrial edge into your own home...  

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BATH

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 Waterworks- £7,560.00 +VAT

Waterworks- £7,560.00 +VAT

 Rose & Grey- £155

Rose & Grey- £155

BED

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 The Sofa & Chair Company- POA

The Sofa & Chair Company- POA

 Clippings- £443.52

Clippings- £443.52

HOTEL SAINT MARC- RECREATING DECO MEETS DISCO

Set in a five-storey mansion on Rue Saint-Marc in Paris’ second arrondissement the classical facade of this hotel dates back to 1791. Inside, however, Milanese Dimor Studio have created a bold vision using some of my favourite influences in a playful and modern way. Namely, Jim Thompson silks for the long luscious curtains, Nichols inspired Chinese art deco rugs and modernist lamps.

Read on for inspiration on how to bring this delicious medley of styles into your own home...  

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CHINESE DECO NICHOLS STYLE RUG

 
 Anouska Tamony Designs- £2,500

Anouska Tamony Designs- £2,500

 

VELVET & BRASS SWIVEL CHAIRS

 
 Talisman- £5,200.00+VAT

Talisman- £5,200.00+VAT

 

FONTANA ARTE DESK LAMP

 Flexiform- POA

Flexiform- POA

 

VANITY ROOM

 
 

DECO INSPIRED PEDESTAL SINK

 
 West One Bathrooms- POA

West One Bathrooms- POA

 

BASKET WEAVE MARBLE FLOOR TILE

 
 Mandarin Slate- £111.76 / M2

Mandarin Slate- £111.76 / M2

 

BLACK GLOSS TILES

 Fired Earth- £79.20

Fired Earth- £79.20

Hotel Saint Marc

36 Rue Saint-Marc, 75002 Paris, France

 

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ST BENEDICTS- RECREATING SUMPTUOUS VICTORIANA

A serendipitous find beside the seaside, St Benedicts is nestled close to Burton St Leonards and is full to the brim with antiques, curios and objects. Every inch of the sprawling old house has been faithfully decorated with the kind of awe inspiring attention to detail that provokes closer inspection and invites the mind wander to other places and other times. 

THE DRAWING ROOM

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CHINESE ANCESTOR PAINTINGS

 1stDibs- £1334.20

1stDibs- £1334.20

"Pair of antique large and finely painted Chinese ancestral portraits in vibrant color and gilt on silk and presented in giltwood, of male chop mark signed/stamped lower right, circa 1890."

The Chinese have long had a profound connection to their ancestors and believe that death does not sever a person’s relationship with the living and that, if properly worshipped and honored in private family rituals, their ancestors' spirits can bring them health, long life, prosperity and children.

Chinese "ancestor paintings" are painted specifically for use in ancestor worship; the power of the living person is believed to reside in their portrait after death. Most of the ancestor portraits that have survived depict members of the Qing (pronounced “Ch’ing”) imperial families and military and civil elite who ruled China from 1644 until the revolution of 1911.

VICTORIAN MAHOGANY BUREAU 

 
 Regent Antiques- £3,250

Regent Antiques- £3,250

 

English Victorian mahogany and marquetry bureau bookcase, circa 1860 with satinwood crossbanding and decorative geometric scrolls, husks and flowerheads.

"The upper part has a decorative pierced swan neck broken pediment cornice with acanthus scroll carving centred by an urn finial, the frieze centred by a satinwood ground panel with paterae, the two astragal glazed doors enclose an interior fitted with adjustable shelves."

Simply delicious. 

RED ROLLED ARM READING CHAIR

 The Kairos Collective- £1,450

The Kairos Collective- £1,450

A circa 1820 armchair covered in a kilim. Kilims are flat tapestry woven carpets made from the Balkans through to Pakistan and bring a richness of texture and pattern to upholstery, as well as, being tough as old boots!  

THE COLONEL'S BEDROOM

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TRADITIONAL OLIVE VELVET SOFA

 Ensembliers- POA

Ensembliers- POA

"Hand crafted from start to finish using traditional upholstery methods and materials including using only the highest quality beech mortise and tenon frames."

The epitome of old school design values with a focus on natural, sustainable, British materials.

TRELLIS WALLPAPER

 
 Fabrics & Papers- £87 per roll

Fabrics & Papers- £87 per roll

 

"An iconic wallpaper featuring a garden trellis with climbing roses and birds in blue, coral and green on a cream ground. Designed by William Morris in 1864 and inspired by the courtyard garden at his home Red House."

Sadly the same periwinkle blue as hangs in the Colonel's room at St Benedict's is no longer available. 

TAPESTRY CUSHION

 
 Fine Cell Work- £115

Fine Cell Work- £115

 

"Based on an Indian miniature taken from the back of a hand-painted postcard. Small hints of metallic thread add an oriental touch."

Fine Cell Work trains prisoners to create beautiful pieces of needlework, their mission to foster hope, discipline and self esteem to allow individuals to finish their sentences with work skills, money earned and saved, and the self-belief to not re-offend.

 

St Benedicts

81 Pevensey Road
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 0LR
Bookings: 01424 434973

 

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