Jet Set: The Whitby Hotel

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{The Conservatory at The Whitby Hotel}

Tim and Kit Kemp’s collection of Firmdale Hotels is renowned for its attention to detail, vivacious interiors, and warm hospitality. Last year, we stayed at one of their hotels, The Ham Yard, in London. It was so lovely and inspiring to experience Kit’s signature design style in person. Her modern take on British style is on full display at all of the Firmdale Hotels she has designed, including the most recent addition, The Whitby Hotel in Manhattan’s midtown, just a short walk from Central Park. As is the case with all of the Firmdale hotels, each of the 86 guest rooms is different from the next, with a unique combination of vibrant fabrics and furnishings along with a variety of their quintessential, statement-making headboard silhouettes. Everything is executed with its on distinct brand of cozy, British charm. The Whitby is also home to a library, The Whitby Bar, The Conservatory where tea is served each afternoon, along with a movie theater and state-of-the-art gym. I am heading to New York in a few weeks. While I won’t be staying at The Whitby this time around, I’ve already made a dinner reservation at The Whitby Bar for a taste of what we experienced in London and look forward to staying there on another visit in the future.the whitby reception 2{The Reception}

the whitby drawing room

{The Sitting Room}

the whitby library

{The Library}

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{Guest Room}

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{Guest Room}

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{A Guest Room’s Private Terrace}the whitby bar 2

{The Private Anrep Room}

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{The Private Araminta Room}

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{The Whitby Bar}

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{The Whitby Bar: One of my favorite things about the Ham Yard was that every table was set with a fine linen tablecloth along with real china and silver. It made eating breakfast there each morning a real treat since such things are becoming more rare in restaurants.}

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{The Conservatory}

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{Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory}

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Friday Favorites 03.24.17

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What a week! It has been very busy around here lately with client work and a few special projects that we are currently working on, including a tabletop design for the Lenox Hill Spring Gala in New York next month. The theme is “All that Glitters” which I am interpreting in a non-traditional way. I’ll share more details and sneak peeks soon! In the meantime, I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. We don’t have any big plans– those types of weekends are always the best! In the meantime, here is what I have on my radar this week.

Design: Markham Roberts has a beautiful project featured in the April issue of House Beautiful. My favorite room in the spread is the beautiful blue and white master bedroom. Blue and white is such a timeless, chic combination. We are doing a couple of blue and white rooms in a client’s home right now which I can’t wait to show you because they will be beautiful. Markham’s execution includes fabrics by Lake August and the results are truly exquisite.

Style: I have yet to tire of the feminine turn fashion has taken. Voluminous sleeves, ruffles, and other pretty details are still very much welcome in my book. As I’ve mentioned before, I generally eschew trends in design, but am happy to partake in fashion. If you’re loving this look as much as I am, check out these pieces: Avery Striped One Shoulder Ruffle Blouse | Jill Jill Stuart Off the Shoulder Gown | J.Crew Flutter Sleeve Dress in Eyelet | J.Crew Striped Bell-Sleeve Top

Watch: I’ve admitted before that I am shamefully addicted to many of the reality shows on Bravo. What can I say? They provide a fun escape from the daily stress of life! One of my favorites, Southern Charm, set in beautiful Charleston is coming back for its fourth season on April 3rd. If you haven’t watched it before, set your DVR and be sure to watch seasons 1-3 on demand.

Drink: I usually drink wine, but when I have a cocktail, I prefer refreshing, citrus-driven concoctions that often feature mint. Half Baked Harvest’s Minty Grapefruit Caipirinha sounds like just what the doctor ordered at the end of an exhausting week!

Read: This week, I was interviewed for a couple of fun features. The first, Bedtime Confessions with Traditional Home, was so much fun because the questions were very different than those in a typical design interview. You may learn more than you ever wanted to know about me and my bedtime routine! Yesterday, Viyet featured a lovely Q &A with me about my background, my approach to design, and my sources of inspiration.

Shop: Woven textures and neutral colors look fabulous all year long, but are especially appropriate in the spring and summer months. Several new pieces have already caught my eye including these chic items: Jon Josef Natural Gatsby Loafers | Rebecca de Ravenel Lolli Basket in Natural | Tuckernuck Light Taupe Triple Lantern Earrings

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Spring at One Kings Lane

OKL Spring Studio

When I am in New York, I like to stop by for a visit with my friends at One Kings Lane. The Studio at One Kings Lane is an always-evolving space that changes with the seasons and showcases many of the wonderful finds available through One Kings Lane. The design team just recently refreshed the space for spring and has also included quite a few pieces from their One Kings Lane Collection which just launched last fall. The pieces are chic and timeless and are a natural progression for the brand. I am loving the beautiful, earthy palette punctuated with touches of yellow and blue this time around. The overall vibe is polished and fresh with a hint of a more masculine air.

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Red Alert

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{Design by Ashley Whittaker as featured in House Beautiful}

Between Marie-Anne Oudjans home in India that I blogged about last week and the cover of the April issue of House Beautiful featuring a stunning space by Ashley Whittaker, I have been on red alert lately. As I have mentioned in the past, it is not a color that I am drawn to on a regular basis. I don’t have much of it in my wardrobe and very rarely do I use it in my design work. The only red that I use religiously is my signature nail polish– OPI’s “Color So Hot It Berns“. However, every now and then, I start “seeing red” and become inspired by this striking color.

Lately, I have been loving deeply saturated, bright reds. The right hue of red can imbue a great deal of style to any space in a way that is timeless, yet bold. In spite of its ability to make a striking statement, red works because it is also so very classic. While still beautiful, if you were to paint any of the rooms in this post purple, orange, or teal, they might not have the same enduring effect that they do when dressed in chic, beautiful red.

Red Markham Roberts Dining HB

{Markham Roberts via House Beautiful}

Red Miles Redd

{Miles Redd}

Red Brian McCarthy

{Brian J. McCarthy}

Red Luis Bustamante

{Luis Bustamante}

Red Rob Southern HB

{Rob Southern via House Beautiful}

Red Ramsay Gourd HB

{Ramsay Gourd via House Beautiful}

Red Veranda

Red Violet Grey

{Violet Grey}

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