I happen to stumble upon the website of Alexander Waterworth Interiors today and I saw this wonderful raw and elegant restaurant in New York. The interior of Musket Room is inspired by the chef’s home country New Zealand. It combines the laid back New Zealand attitude with beautiful luxurious materials such as mid-century furniture, brass light fixtures and indigo leather. I especially love the contrasting combination of the popping indigo blue furniture with the raw exposed brick walls. I’m not going to New York anytime soon, but if you do than you should think about visiting Musket Room in the Nolita neighbourhood of Manhatten.
Only a two hour drive from the bustling city New York stands this quiet boutique hotel Rivertown Lodge in Hudson Valley. The hotel is situated in a converted 1920s movie theatre and kept its charming original details. In this 27-room hotel you get the best of two worlds, while the hotel has every modern technology to make your stay a luxurious one it has a quiet ‘old-times’ atmosphere thanks to the vintage Danish furniture and potbelly stoves. It’s a beautifuly designed hotel where you can fully relax and only a short ride from energetic New York City.
I think I’m in love.. with a kitchen! This beautiful Danish home is located close to Copenhagen and only 500 meters from the beach. The beautiful large windows make the home feel very light despite the dark colours that were used to decorated this house. The focal point in the living space is the amazing large flooding dark wooden kitchen which includes a nice breakfast bar. So beautiful in combination with the dark walls and the grey floor. Adjoing the living room is the light master bedroom and in total the home can house 12 people! Outdoors there is a great terrace and of course an outdoor kitchen, but the most amazing thing about this home? You can rent it on Airbnb! Fancy a trip to Denmark?
In the Swedish countryside of Skåne stands this lovely new bed and breakfast Fröken Hjorts. It took a year for Swedish interior stylist Marie Olsson Nylander and her husband to renovate this former farm into this raw bed and breakfast where concrete and wood are the main materials. The wonderful large windows give you a great view over the Swedish countryside and of course, like Scandinavian tradition, outside there is a sauna to warm you up. You can rent this beautiful designed Fröken Hjorts B&B on Airbnb.
I am dreaming myself in sunny Australia at the moment while looking at these stunning pictures of Haveli House by Louise Roche. Haveli House is a bohemian Indian and Indonesian inspired luxe cottage in Byron Bay, Australia and is ideal for a relaxing and quiet getaway. This stunning cottage is decorated with items from the owner’s own shop, so if you feel inspired by looking at these pictures you know where you can get the items and create your own relaxing bohemian space. But even better is hopping on a plane to Australia and rent this fabulous bohemian Byron Bay cottage on Airbnb.
Dutch design studio Piet Boon has designed this former church of a military hospital in Antwerp into the stunning restaurant of Sergio Herman and Nick Bril called The Jane. I love it when churches get converted when they’re no longer in use (see also this church in Spain converted to a skate park). There are so many beautiful architectural churches in the world that are no longer used for it’s original purpose, it would be a shame to lose that and this way future generations can still admire the wonderful architecture of these buildings that were built hundreds of years ago. This restaurant in Antwerp combines elegance and refinement with attitude and humour, a good example of that is the stained glass in this building, at first it looks like traditional stained glass that you see in most churches, but when you look closer you will not see martyrs or saints but a collection of objects, animals, food and other things. These windows were created by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job and add a nice touch of humour in the design of this restaurant. A dinner in restaurant The Jane is not only a pleasure for the stomache but also for your eyes.
In the 13th-arrondissement of Paris, on the Rue Édouard Manet, stands this beautiful blue coloured C.O.Q Hotel (C.O.Q stands for Community of Quality). The thought behind the hotel is that it is a club run by and for it’s members. Clients, friends and visitors can all use the hotel’s city guide ánd they can contribute to it so you can share your experiences and finds with other travelers to the wonderful city of Paris, such a nice idea!! The C.O.Q. Hotel is designed with a special attention to details and the desire to value the modern French know-how. They created a boutique hotel that feels like a personal home, the rooms are so elegant and comfortable decorated in these fantastic blue tones and antique artwork. And to make the hotel even more perfect, it has a winter garden, lovely to sit back and relax after a long and hectic day in Paris!
If there is one thing that Scandinavians are good at, it’s design. So it’s not surprising that you can find the most stunning hotels in these countries. Miss Clara is a design hotel with a boutique feeling in the center of the Swedish capital Stockholm. The hotel is located in a beautiful Art Nouveau building from 1910, that was formerly a girl’s school Atheneum. The rooms are sparsely furnished but they are very comfortable, with beautiful dark herringbone floors and the use of good, solid materials. The rooms have large windows and the walls to the bathroom are made of frosted glass to fully make use of the natural light that floods in the rooms. It is such a beautiful hotel, that embraces the Art Nouveau style, with a wonderful warm feeling and decorated with an exquisite eye for design, I would love to stay in Miss Clara when I go to Stockholm.
In Berlin with views over the Spree river stands this former factory from 1880 that is turned into a residential property that you can rent on Airbnb. The loft is a combination of modern features such as the new bathroom and kitchen, and original raw elements such as the exposed brick walls and the concrete ceiling. The owner of the industrial loft is an art gallery owner so it comes as no surprise that the loft is filled with a great art collection that is always changing. The loft is sparsely furnished with vintage items and the bedroom and bathroom area is seperated from the rest of the loft with two thin walls to create some privacy in such a large space. This loft is truly a wonderful stay for art and design lovers.
Hotel Le Pigalle in Paris is all about the local neighbourhood. Pigalle is an area in Paris that certainly isn’t boring, named after sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, it is a neighbourhood that has always attracted thugs, artists, musicians and adventurers. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec lived and worked here. The owners of Le Pigalle found that the neighbourhood lacked a spot that really reflected the vibrant energy of the area, so Le Pigalle was born. It is a very local hotel, the croissants come from a local bakery, the books are selected by a local bookstore, the music is chosen by local DJ’s and the hotel team makes sure you will truly experience the places, people and stories that make Pigalle such an interesting Paris neighbourhood. If I have to choose one word to describe this hotel I will go for ‘cool’. The hotel is mainly furnished in neutral colours with the occasional pop of red (a nod to the Pigalle reputation no doubt). The hotel rooms aren’t big but they are decorated with interesting artwork and great furniture. It doesn’t really feel like a hotel room, it could easily be a bedroom from a local (I certainly wouldn’t mind having a bedroom looking like this), which is exactly what the hotel wants you to experience, it’s all about embracing the Pigalle neighbourhood.