Thursday, September 13

Be More: The Hoxton Paris

To say I was excited to be invited on a press trip to Paris with Made.com last week, to attend the Paris Design Week launch party at Ground Zero, where Made, who sponsored the Le Off exhibition (a launchpad for upcoming design talent) had a TalentLAB stand, is an understatement.

But when I found out we were to stay at The Hoxton, my excitement reached giddy levels. Nestled in a narrow street in the second arrondissement, The Hoxton Paris, is in a ridiculously beautiful 18th century building, with 172 rooms spread over four floors, with a glass encased lobby that surrounds one of two impressive courtyards. Let's just say it was love at first sight upon checking out their Instagram feed prior to arriving - I mean what kind of interiors obsessive would I be if I didn't do a bit of pre-arrival snooping? Of course I'd seen The Hoxton Hotels in London, but not the Paris edition...

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The Lobby of The Hoxton Paris (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)
Breathtakingly beautiful just about does it, and from the minute you walk in, it's a visual feast, and I loved every single bit. Around every corner is another wow moment, and just when I thought I couldn't love it more, I opened the door to my room. Yes, I did say quietly to myself 'Well, this will do nicely!" as I set about examining every detail.

After six weeks of juggling the school summer holidays and work, this trip could not have come at a better time, and to be honest, I wanted to jump right into bed for a snooze, but there was exploring to be done, food to be eaten and cocktails to be boomeranged. Obvs. Tough job, but someone had to do it.

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Guest Room (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)

From the fringed velvet sofas in the lobby, the distressed walls and stunning lighting in the Rivié restaurant, the ochre velvet cushions on the incredible seats in one of the many hang-out areas around the front courtyard, and everything in between, The Hoxton Paris is Insta-perfect.

The rooms are moody and elegant with chevron oak flooring, leather headboards, über cool lighting, and cleverly designed steel and fluted opaque glass enclosures to house the bathrooms - I defy you to go there and not want to bring at least a little Hoxton Paris to your home.

I've written before about my ongoing attempts to make my home more boutique hotel, and I felt compelled to write this post, because there's just oodles of inspiration to be had. I've compiled some tres Hoxton Paris pieces - some inspired-by, and some are the actual products in the hotel. I'll have one of each thanks!

THE FURNITURE...

Mix it up! Modern and Mid-Century collide with a colour palette of neutrals mixed with jewel-tones. A splash of pattern, with plenty of sumptuous velvet and fringing, mixed metals and natural woods to ground it. It just works.

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1. Claudia Gold Velvet Sofa - Made.com*
2. Hetherington Brass Base Pouffe - Made.com*
3. Massimo Armchair - Magnus Long for Heals*
4. Gunmetal Coffee Table - French Connection Home*
5. Drew Accent Chair - Made.com*
6. Bloomingville Grandma Pouffe - Made In Design
7. Gubi Walnut Paper Side Table - Nest.co.uk
8. Brass and Rope Velvet Chair - Honore Deco (Actual Chairs from the Winter Garden)


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The Winter Garden (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)

THE BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS...

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Guest Bathroom (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)
Sultry, calm and cosy, with an unexpected signature grid pattern on the bedding, and a spot of pattern on the bathroom floor tiles. Unlacquered copper brassware, simple white sanitaryware and even more cool lighting, et voila - instant hotel chic! Each room is slightly varies, with a different colour palette, but they're very much of the same overall design. And boy is it good.

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1. Ralph Laren 'Baxter' Bed Linen - Yves Delorme (I couldn't track down the actual bedding, but I suspect the real thing might become available through the hotels website soon, alongside their house 'Blank' toiletries!)
2. Black Poppy & Wild Fig Hand Wash - The Soap Co.
3. Ship's Well Wall Light - Original BTC (Actual Bathroom Lights!)
4. Matrix Watergate Blue Tile - Topps Tiles
5. Matrix Alaska White Tile - Topps Tiles
6. Sorrento Molini Glazed Tile - Fired Earth
7. Roberts DAB Radio - ao.com
8. Jessa 100% Egyptian Cotton Bath Towels - Made.com*
10. No.214 Wall Light by DCW éditions - Made in Design (Actual Bedside Wall Lamps!)

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Image: Bianca Hall


PAINT COLOURS...

Here are a few good matches for some of the fab colours you'll find in the very Autumnal colour palette throughout the hotel. I'm even loving the ochre and rich pinkish red. Who even am I?!



Row A. Rich Black - Dulux / Bo Peep - Earthborn / Donkey Ride - Earthborn
Row B. French Rose - Sanderson / Field Mushroom - Sanderson / Carmen Lt - Sanderson
Row C. French Ochre - Rockett St George / Studio Green - Farrow & Ball / Card Room Green Farrow & Ball
Row D. Alabaster - Benjamin Moore / Polka Dot - Earthborn / Ultra White - Dulux

So what do you think? Will you be adding a touch of The Hoxton Paris to your home? I certainly will be - watch this space!

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Monday, August 13

Fab Five Mugs: Over Ten Pounds

It was only when I was drinking my Earl Grey from my current favourite mug the other day (a West Elm one picked up in the sale a few weeks ago and sadly no longer available, damn it!), that I realised that they they're a pretty particular and personal thing.

My perfect mug, might not be yours, and yours might not be mine.

I once had the father of a friend of Edie's ask for his tea not to be made in the mug I was about to use because he liked them to be white inside (I know). In hindsight, I do actually get that. And I hated those mugs anyway, so....

Anyway, as promised, following on from my current favourite mugs for ten pounds and under, here's my round up of the best five mugs currently available at over ten pounds. It's a bit of a splurge if you want a set of six matching ones (or an actual investment if you like a particular one!), not so much if not. And given, as I said in my last post that you use them every day at least once, if not constantly, I put them in the important purchases category.

Remember, one persons splurge, is another's affordable, which is why I generally try to avoid using that terminology - we're all working to different budgets.

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a link marked with an * and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. But I only ever write about products I genuinely love, and you'll never pay more because of an affiliate link.



1. Halycon Days Tiger Mug £35 - Harrods *

2. Emma Lacey Everyday Mug £36 - The Conran Shop *

3. Hay Wood Mug £15 - Liberty *

4. Pink Landcape Mug £25 - Reiko Kaneko

5. Gucci Lion Print Hand Mug £225 - Matches *

I know, I know, £225 is quite a lot for a mug, but LOOK AT IT! It's gorgeous! It has a lid! With a hand on it! Just don't smash it okay? And if you buy one/some, can you invite me over for tea? I'll bring the cake...
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Friday, August 10

Fab Five: Mugs For Ten Pounds & Under

Mugs are a peculiarly personal thing, don't you think? Well perhaps not so peculiar, given that if you're a hot drink drinker, you probably use a mug anywhere from once a day, to constantly, all day, every day. So understandably, they need to work for you.

Most people definitely have preferences as to size, shape, colour and feel - right down the the thickness and curve of the handle. And yes, it's probably a sign of age when you start to care about these things. I've gathered five favourites that are catching my eye at the moment. A rather eclectic mix I admit, but actually this is quite a good reflection of my taste in general - forever torn between classic and grown-up, but unable to resist a bit of girly fun. Different mugs, for different moods!

I'm keeping the price to ten pounds and under for this round-up, and on Monday there's a second round-up of mugs for over ten pounds, because there are some beauties available at all price points that I feel I need to share.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links marked with an *, which means that I receive a small commission if you click on my link/s and make a purchase. 

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1. Praline Straight Mug £9 - Denby *

2. David Shrigley Poodle Mug  £10 - Tate Shop

3. Salt Mug by Broste £10 - Selfridges *

4. Stoneware Mug £6.99 - H&M *

5. Sunset Stackable Mug in Pink (also available in Blue) £10 - West Elm *


Pop back on Monday for my ten pounds and over round-up - expect another mix of grown-up, and er, not so grown up.
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