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Glamorous Living - What's Hot and Happening in London Right Now!

Glamorous Living - What's Hot and Happening in London Right Now!

I returned to Brooklyn from London and Paris last weekend and finally feel free of jet lag.  My first stop was in London and during this trip I made visits for lunch and dinner to the recently opened Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, which along with several small boutiques in the courtyard is collectively known as Ham Yard Village...

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Glamorous Living - One Denman Place London, Vacation Apartments

Glamorous Living - One Denman Place London, Vacation Apartments

I'm a huge fan of the London based Firmdale Hotel group.  Whenever Philippe and I are in London we stay at their Knightsbridge Hotel and its become our home away from home.  One Denman Place with apartments for stays of 90 days or more has just been added to this distinctive group, located in the Ham Yard hotel in Soho, which itself opened just last year.  There are one, two and three bedrooms apartments available with interior design by co-owner Kit Kemp in her singular eclectic style incorporating antiques, found items and an abundant mix of textured patterned fabrics. 

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What I'm Reading Right Now - Anouska Hempel

What I'm Reading Right Now - Anouska Hempel

Renowned interior designer, Anouska Hempel is known for creating arguably, the world's first boutique luxury hotel, Blakes, in 1978.  Located between South Kensington and Chelsea in London, Blakes was built from a row of converted townhouses.  Anouska's incomparable design style is unique, extravagant, sumptuous and occasionally veers into the theatrical. "Anouska Hempel" the just published volume, written with Marcus Binney, architecture correspondent for the London Times is divided into thirteen chapters, each highlighting a particular project and giving an in-depth look at how this London-based talent layers her evocative spaces with historical details, rich textures and saturated tones. I've been following Anouska's extraordinary career for many years and her creativity and ability to reimagine spaces continues to be utterly captivating.

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Glamorous Living - Firmdale Hotels

Glamorous Living - Firmdale Hotels

Firmdale Hotels

I love staying in hotels and in my perfect world could happily live in a hotel.  It seems I am not alone in this notion as I read in T Magazine, "A Hotel Room of One's Own" by Andrew O'Hagan.  Should that dream ever come true, my hotel of choice would likely be one from the Firmdale Group.  Kit & Tim Kemp have over the last 30 years transformed the London boutique hotel scene, placing their very individual stamp on an ever growing group of hotels in London, including The Knightsbridge, Charlotte Street, Number 16, Haymarket and most recently Ham Yard.  In 2010 they opened in New York with Crosby Street, Soho and another hotel is currently being built in mid-town.

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