Jet Set: Relais Christine Paris

I have been a francophile for as long as I can remember, but my two trips to Paris have really taken my obsession with all things French to a new level. As such, I am already dying to go back to Paris and am working on convincing Fabian to come with me in March to shop one of the antique fairs I visited on my trip in October. Travel is such a huge source of inspiration for me, both in a personal and professional sense. I see these trips as an investment in my personal and cultural enrichment and as a way to continue developing my eye. Part of what makes me a good designer is that I constantly expose myself to different places and as such, get out of my normal realm, fine tuning my eye to see and understand details I may not have been exposed to otherwise.

I’ve considered staying in an apartment in the 7th Arrondissement again on our next trip, which I did and loved on my last trip. It was so fun living like a local, going to the local coffee shop and bakery every morning. Croissants don’t count when you’re on vacation! However, I recently came across Relais Christine, in the St. Germain de Pres (6th Arrondissement) and it is tempting me to stay in a hotel. From the beautiful facade with its ivy covered walls, chic awnings, and Juliet balconies to the newly renovated interiors which are swathed entirely in Pierre Frey fabrics, this stunning property has made it to the top of my list! I’m not completely sure what to do, though. If you’ve happened to stay at Relais Christine in the past, I’d love to hear about your experience. What is your vote– should we rent a cute apartment or stay at Relais Christine?


{Photography via Relais Christine}

Jet Set: Sonoma’s Farmhouse Inn

It’s no secret that I love California Wine Country– particularly the Napa Valley. I haven’t spent much time in Sonoma, except for the occasional jaunt to Healdsburg on our Napa trips and one full day spent there on one of our first trips to the area over ten years ago. I think part of the reason is that all of our favorite haunts are in Napa. In years past, we have visited one or even two times in a year. I think if we lived in Northern California, we would be there at least once a month. I always feel so happy and serene when we visit, although it could just be the wine talking! In all seriousness, it is such a beautiful place and I always feel so inspired by seeing the passion people have for winemaking. It is a beautiful and pure thing, derived from the earth and brought to life with love, blood, sweat, and tears. Wine is truly poetry in a bottle. 

I am ready for another visit, but Fabian says he’d rather go somewhere we haven’t been somewhere we haven’t been before this fall. Perhaps the perfect compromise would be a trip to Sonoma rather than Napa? If I can convince him, I know exactly where I would want to stay– the Farmhouse Inn in the Russian River Valley. The property looks unbelievably charming with its crisp white interiors. The rooms also seem so cozy and well-appointed. Farmhouse Inn has also been named the #1 Hotel in California by Travel & Leisure for the past two years in a row, which says a lot!

Where are you hoping to jet off to next?

{Photography via Farmhouse Inn}

Jet Set: Marquis Faubourg Saint Honore Paris

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I have admired Michele Bonan’s beautiful work and chic aesthetic since I first came across the JK Capri Hotel several years ago. Michele, like most of the European designers I admire, has a true knack for bringing together elements from various periods and design movements to create a beautifully layered look. One of his most recent projects is the Marquis Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris, which opened just a few years ago. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Fabian and I are heading to Paris again in a few weeks and this time around, we will be staying at this chic, fifteen room hotel set in a beautiful, historic 1730 mansion which once belonged to the Marquis de Lafayette. The hotel features many of the design hallmarks Michele is known for including traditional architecture, in this case, Louis XVI fireplaces and exquisite millwork mixed with mid-century Italian furniture, a mostly neutral palette, and a few carefully-selected pops of color. It will be such a treat to finally experience one of Michele’s projects in person!

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{Photography by Brittany Ambridge for Domino}

Jet Set: Ett Hem Stockholm

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The other day, while perusing Instagram, I noticed that a couple of people I follow were in Stockholm and were staying at the Ilse Crawford-designed Ett Hem hotel. I was struck by the beautiful interiors which are a testament to Ilse’s brilliant ability to create layered, eclectic spaces. We also happened to install a beautiful project on Monday that also features a mix of mid-century Italian and relaxed Belgian influences, so it seems that I am feeling inspired by this type of look lately. I find that Europeans execute eclectic mixes better than anyone else because of where you are. Chances are, a space in Italy, France, England, or in this case, Sweden, is likely to be centuries old, with architecture from a previous period, so as the decades pass, things are added and you end up with an eclectic interior that came to be in a very organic way.

The Ett Hem likely came together much more quickly as it was a hospitality project, but the interiors have so much character. Opened in 2012, the hotel is housed in what used to be a private residence built in 1910 and is now home to 12 rooms in the Embassy Quarter of Stockholm. It was very important to the hotel’s owner as well as to Ilse that the hotel be comfortable and feel as if you were a guest in a friend’s home. I’d say the cozy, chic interiors certainly seem to deliver on that promise. I guess I’ll have to make my way to Stockholm sometime in the future to find out for myself!

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{Photography by Paul Massey for House & Garden UK}

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}

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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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