While I travel quite a bit throughout the year for work, outside of our trip to Napa Valley earlier in the summer, it has been a good long while since I have had a real vacation of a week or more. I wouldn’t trade owning my own business for anything in the world, but it definitely makes it more challenging to truly unplug and get away. I am hoping that Fabian and I can take a true vacation next spring. We haven’t been to Europe since we were last in London in September of 2013 and have instead traveled closer to home. When I was younger, I always wanted to visit new places, but for the past few years, I have been drawn to the places that I know and love. For the past several weeks, I have been craving a trip to London again. It is such a beautiful, elegant, and inspiring city. I have enjoyed it so much each time we have gone and can’t imagine I would ever tire of visiting. There is inspiration everywhere one looks in London–a designer’s dream! I think we would likely spend part of the trip in London and then cross over to Paris or possibly Barcelona. Paris makes more sense, but Fabian is dying to go back to Barcelona. Maybe we will do a trip to Barcelona and Seville in the future.
London is a definite must on our next trip because I can’t stop thinking about the stunning Rosewood London. Housed in Holborn which was once home to Sir Frances Bacon and Charles Dickens, the elegant Edwardian building at 252 High Holborn was designed by H. Percy Monckton and completed in 1914, serving as offices for decades. Eventually, the impressive building was lovingly restored and converted into the Rosewood London Hotel. The restoration pays homage to the building’s defining features such as its Renaissance-style, seven story grand staircase and cupola. The new interiors were designed Tony Chi and Associates with the exception of Scarfes Bar which was designed by Martin Brudnizki. Chic details abound throughout the property from the common areas to the guest rooms and signature suites. You’ll find that the aesthetic is very much in keeping with my own– a modern touch of traditional style infused with glamour. I must admit, design is such a driving force in nearly every decision I make, so when I came across this hotel, I knew that London was calling my name!