Sunday, August 3, 2014

Savoy Style: From London to Home

A quick jaunt to London last week and a stay at the Savoy Hotel provided some refreshing design inspiration. A spectacular mix of Edwardian and art deco design, gold, glossy black and beautifully groomed hedges is right up my ally. I certainly noticed many similarities between Boston and London. I especially love the formality of high teas, elevenses, and chic taxis. Here are a few of my favorite ideas to take away and incorporate some Savoy style into my home.

Take away idea:
{Get creative with my landscape design. Boxwood + Black}
{Give my door a fresh coat of black paint and stencil the house number in gold}

 The bar was a surprising flash in such a formal setting and yet, it added a nice flair of energy and youthfulness in a very chic way.

Take away idea:
{I need some black and white tile with lucite furniture in my house. Somewhere.}

Jamie Herzlinger does black and white floors like no other.

This stunning mural was in, of all places, the loo!

Take away idea: 
{Put a mural in an unexpected spot}

I've always loved this mural in Brooke Shield's dining room.

{Something like this in my bathroom or my mudroom.}

The Murano glass chandeliers in our suites were such a nice appointment, adding youthfulness and a subtle pop of color to such a traditional space. A chandelier in the bedroom is no new idea however, I fully realized the beauty in waking up each day to such a pretty site. I never would have considered doing a glamorous chandelier in my own bedroom however, I'm definitely changing my mind on this.

Take away idea:
{Up the formality in my Master Bedroom. Wishful thinking chandelier.}

There is something so clean and polished in a classic black and white bathroom. I absolutely loved the simplicity of the fixtures. In the North East we have so much baseboard heating and I would love to see a return of the radiator. There are some pretty sophisticated towel rail/radiators out there.

And now, onto my obsession. Shortly before heading to London, I visited the home of the fabulously talented Sarah Winchester.  She installed these little french doors in a standard 3ft doorway of her library. Then I see the same style of doors in my hotel room at the Savoy. I'm so into these little double doors. The photo looks like the doorway is wide yet it's only 3 feet! The only issue with this is privacy. There is a small amount of space when the doors are closed so perhaps not for bathroom spaces.

Take away idea:
{Install double doors in a standard doorway.}

Look at Sarah's doors with that brass hardware! So gorgeous!! Along with her contractor Dan Shanks, she designed the bookshelf in such a way that the doors open unobstructed to the side. 
She's such a smarty.

Photo credit Sarah Winchester

Here are some other snippets from my stay at the Savoy.

Hummus, avocado and poached eggs. Yes.

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