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Wanderlust | Fera, Claridge Hotel, London

22.10.14


Fera at Claridge's Hotel

 Fera, the new farm-to-table restaurant in London’s legendary Claridge’s hotel, didn't seem to be a natural fit for the hotel at first, however, British designer, Guy Oliver, managed to blend it beautifully by highlighting the history of the restaurant as well as chef Simon Rogan's seasonal cuisine.

Fera Dining Room at Claridge's Hotel

Oliver needed to rethink the 1920s-1930s architecture which he felt "lacked refinement" compared to the hotel's Art Deco spaces.  He began by removing walls and adding laylights to the 16' ceiling as well as mirrored pillars to reflect the abundant natural light that filters through the windows.   The entrance was redesigned with an "Alice in Wonderland" feel by gradually revealing itself by leading guests through a curtain-lined entry to a slightly higher rotunda, before entering the main room. 

Fera's Bar at Claridge's Hotel
I love the sketches along the back wall of the bar

Oliver used a band of honey and amber onyx that was used in the original design to line the perimeter and paired it with soft green leather banquettes, sage carpets and drapery, and calm grey walls.  He added drama to the space by incorporating a sandblasted manzanita tree in the center of the room.

Fera Dining Room at Claridge's Hotel
The walls and columns feature onyx detailing.

I'm smitten with the above view!  I love an Art Deco space as I'm sure most of you know.   As a designer, this would be a dream job!  This is definitely my style.  Oliver's biggest design challenge was the open kitchen that was insisted by chef Rogan, something that you typically never see in fine dining restaurants.  I can't think of seeing that... ever.  Oliver worked the chef's request into the design plan by incorporating the same subtle colour palette into the cooking space as found in the dining room.  Then, geniously I might add, created a illuminated frame around the kitchen that is surrounded with a large scale landscape painting.  I wish I could find a photo, however, you can partially see the illuminated frame in the above photo and the top photo.

This restaurant incorporates two of my favourite things ~ Art Deco and a farm to dining experience.  Now to go to London to experience it...

xoxo,

B

Photos via AD

Memoriam | Oscar de la Renta

21.10.14



Yesterday the fashion world said goodbye to legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, he was 82. He spent half a decade dressing every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy and countless celebrities, and most recently Amal Alamuddin-Clooney, to adorning the runways with his fashion creations.  De la Renta also branched into fragrance, a home line, and furniture.

He was admired by contemporaries and adored by fashionistas.  De la Renta was the winner of numerous Cody awards, the fashion equivalent of the Oscars.  He was said to be a true gentleman in every sense of the word.






"The qualities I admire most in a woman is confidence and kindness" - Oscar de la Renta

xoxo,

B

Monday, Monday...

20.10.14


I have a project due tomorrow so here is a little Parisian autumn inspiration...


"That was the moment I fell in love with Paris and the moment that I felt that Paris had fallen in love with me." - Paris Je T'aime

Wishing you a fabulous week!

xoxo,

B

Photo via here

Design Inspiration | Office Design

17.10.14


Happy Friday!  I hope you had a wonderful week.  I beginning a new office project and falling for these photos of inspiration.... I love these pastel colours, especially the touch of pink and gold.

Glamorous modern

Dallas Shaw's fabulous office...

Black + White + Pink Office via Tobi Fairley Design



I Want a Pink Place - Bloglovin

.lovely

xoxo,

B

If you would like help in creating a home you love, please contact me at Brenda@atelierdhautedesign.com

Photos via here and here

Winter Beauty Essentials

16.10.14


With the colder weather moving in, I'm already noticing a change in my skin and hair so this week I visited one of my favourite beauty departments to pick up some beauty essentials that will take me through the winter.

No matter which season, this Clarisonic is a must for me.  I've written about it before but want to mention it again... I'm always singing it's praises.  My skin has never looked better since using this product.  It removes every trace of make-up and the flaky skin caused by Retin-A, allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin.... and the body attachment is phenomenal, however, not compatible with all models.

How cute it this one available here?  The full set, including body attachment here, Pedi set here.

One of the most important parts of the body to keep hydrated is the eye area.  The last thing we girls want is for this area to become dry and wrinkled.  I've been using YSL's eye serum for awhile and really like it but I also like to switch up my products from time to time.  Another cream that I like to use, especially during the winter, is this one by Eve Lom.

Available here, also love this one, this one and this one.

I mentioned how dry my hair has been lately and the beauty advisor directed me to the Oribe products, which I'm already a fan, however, I've never used the masks before.  To no surprise, I fell in love, love, love with this product.  I left it in my hair all night and couldn't believe how soft and moisturized it felt in the morning.

Available here, for color treated hair here... another good one here, and gift set here.

After falling in love with the Dilo oil, the said beauty advisor turned me on to this moisturizer also.  She gave me a sample to try and it is wonderful!  I'm reluctant to put too many products on my skin except for ones that are hydrating and moisturizing and this one fits the bill!

Available here, and the rep talked to me about this oxygen moisturizer which felt just as wonderful and claims to be a smaller version of their oxygen machine.

I think lips are one of the most susceptible body parts to becoming dry during cold weather.  Despite drinking 60 oz of water per day, my lips tend to become chapped on occasion.  I keep this in my handbag and apply it alone or prior to gloss and lip stick.


Available here, also love these brands also herehere, and here.

I stumbled upon this product and instantly became smitten with it.  I add it my body lotion, use it in or after a bubble bath, and apply it to my feet before applying creme and socks before bedtime.  It's magical, and best of all, it's not expensive.


Available here, creamy body wash here, and variety gift set here.

This cult favourite is in my handbag year round.. it's perfect for dry cuticles.

Dior - Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream For Nails

Available here, other favourites here, and here.

What are some of your favourite winter beauty products?

xoxo,

B

If you would like help in creating a home you love, please contact me at Brenda@atelierdhautedesign.com

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