Finally my room is becoming how I want it to be, much to my boyfriends begrudging tones, the shoes shall be on display! Even though I’m moving house in a couple of months, I wanted some shelves that could fit into the tiny spaces I have left; when I stumbled upon this one on Achica, I couldn’t believe my luck! It’s the perfect minimal design I was looking for, easy to put together, and the perfect size to put shoes, accessories and even floral displays on.
I can tell I’ll be changing it up every few weeks, right now it’s acting as my shoe overspill – new sandals that are dreaming of sunnier climates and winter boots that are bringing me crashing down to British summer reality.
One of the highlights of my Paris trip was being shown around the cult boutique L’eclaireur. They have six stores in Paris alone and are Farfetch’s biggest retailer; what sets them apart is that the stores are designed by artists, not architects. The Sévigné was designed by Studio Arne Quinze; with the interior made of layered cardboard, covered with silver car paint and laid next to television screens set in the material; the space certainly is unique. The walls are also interactive; pull of a leaver and a screen comes up to reveal a clothes rail beneath or a hidden mirror, designed so that every buyer will have a totally different experience when shopping here each time. In this store you will find every favourite from Celine to Givenchy to Haider to Ann, the buying is impeccable. Aside from the Demeulemeester, the furniture in the space was a particular highlight for me, I can’t remember which architect it was designed by, but the giant pony hair morphed couch deserves a space in my future home, I think. I’m looking forward to discovering the other five stores when I go back to Paris!
Whilst in Antwerp we had the pleasure of staying at the Sir Plantin hotel in downtown Antwerp, just a 10 minute walk away from Centraal station. On arrival we were greeted by the hotel manager, Wim, who filled us in on where the best eateries were in the area – which did not disappoint.
The quirky boutique hotel designed with contemporary suites dominated by a huge tudor painting on one wall of the room – ours had old queen Liz looking down upon us in shades of green, whilst the boys next door had Anne Boleyn in orange. I loved the contrast between the dominant artwork and the subtle minimal furnishings; the bathroom was tiled all in black with white highlights, whilst the rest of the hotel was a mushroom grey with black furnishings. The paintings continued throughout the hotel but were chopped up and put together, a selection of hands on one wall, faces on the other.
Other than the decor, one of the highlights was the breakfast bar from 7am, where you’ll be offered waffles and coffee or can help yourself to hot food and pastries. Such a perfect start to the day! To end the day you can wind up at the bar, along with your complimentary drink ticket you receive on arrival. There’s also a free minibar in each room with a selection of water, fizzy drinks and beer.
It’s worth a big mention for all bloggers out there that there is free high speed internet. Always the nightmare of any journalist, having to fork out money for internet that can’t even handle it, but at Sir Plantin the internet was amazing!
Thank you so much to Wim for having us, and making our Antwerp trip that much more enjoyable.