The Ned is the place to be in London right now. It's got that Soho House buzz that Nick Jones has a magic for creating. A killer combination of decadence and breezy laissez-faire, it's a setting where despite the grandeur one feels it would be rude not to let one's hair down!
In the spirit of Lutyens era loveliness I've created a beguiling Ned influenced look to inspire you to add a bit of Edwardian meets deco charm to your home. Read down for my tips and a special deal for stays booked at the hotel over the summer.
AND SO TO BED...
The bedrooms feature an array of sumptuous fabrics in autumnal colours, including a few sensuous Art Nouveau prints.
To recreate the look, you could try R. Beauclair's iconic Ianthe linen, designed in approximately 1900 and still as lovely as ever. Ianthe is Greek for purple or violet flowers, suggesting that the flowers in the design may have originally been drawn from violets.
If you wish something even more sumptuous, you could try Liberty's Shand Voyage in velvet. The print was inspired by a hand-painted shawl from The Liberty Archive, originally created in the mid-19th Century when paisley production increased in the UK and France, to meet the demand for all things oriental.
Shand Voyage was inspired by the 'Secret Garden' and was designed to represent Mary's journey across the ocean, from India to Yorkshire. Adorned with wild ferns and leaves, concealing a beautiful paisley, it symbolises the secret door behind which Mary discovers the Secret Garden.
COCKTAIL HOUR..."What one needs is some kind of a party that starts at half-past five"
What better way to usher in the evening than to mix a cocktail and recline on a plump velvet sofa, before heading to supper? It's those little rituals of a bygone time that are mostly forgotten and usually only revived when we spend a weekend away, that make life that much more enjoyable. To introduce a bit of Gatsby era sophistication to your home a proper cocktail cabinet, as opposed to a bar cart, is the connoisseur's choice...and so much more room for all of those delicious libations!
For serious deco enthusiasts it would be hard not go all weak at the knees over this 1930s Odeon Cabinet with its Rubenesque curves and contrasting walnut veneers.
If space is a problem but deep pockets are not, then Linley's bijou cocktail box would be a small but perfectly formed additional to any city pied a terre or bachelor pad. Handcrafted in dyed charcoal veneers of rippled sycamore and highlighted with mother of pearl dots its craftsmanship speaks for itself and would be certain to encourage decadent afternoons sipping pre-pranials!
And after you've been fed and watered, where better to see to your evening ablutions than reclining in a gigantic tub full of scented bath oil? If space permits, a comfy slipper chair and oriental rug invite perching so you can be read a bedtime story before lights out.
FREE STANDING BATHS
Drummonds cast iron Bute bath has a very similar look with a hand-finished steel skirt wrapped around it that can be custom finished in a kaleidoscope of colours. A little more masculine in shape compared to the traditional claw footed, roll top bath, it has a striking simplicity that would look equally at home in a more contemporary bathroom.
For the ultimate Edwardian bathing experience, Catchpole & Rye's copper bateau harks back to a time when one bathed in front of fires and copper baths had to be light, so that they could be easily carried from room to room. Available in a 2m length, it's large enough for two making it ideal for a romantic ensuite. And for those who are blessed with long limbs, there's the option to have an even roomier bespoke bateau made to fit your proportions.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
If you quite fancy all of this but don't wish to commit to giving your home The Ned treatment just yet, get in touch for a special rate and gift for any stays booked at the hotel this summer.
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