Jon and I just returned from a 10-day vacation in London. Initially, when we started planning the trip, it was supposed to be split between Paris and London. For a variety of reasons, we ended up going to just the latter. It was the most amount of time we had ever spent vacationing in a single city, so I was a little worried that we would get bored or run out of things to do. But that was not the case at all! Our itinerary included activities that we usually might not have time to experience for example, Jon swam at the London Aquatics Centre (the venue for the 2012 Olympics) and rented a Barclays bike to ride around the city several afternoons.
I'm hoping to set aside some time later this week to write more about the highlights of the trip, but for now, I wanted to share some of my favorite wallpaper sightings around town. Every time we come back from London, I feel inspired to decorate with bold colors and patterns!
- We stayed at Number Sixteen, which I absolutely loved. The location, the service, the decor all were excellent. Kit Kemp is the owner/designer behind the interiors. (Here's her own residence, which was published in Elle Decor last year.) The above photo is from Number Sixteen's lobby.
- And this is a close-up of the wallpaper in one of the two parlours in Number Sixteen.
- We rented a car for a day and drove to Stonehenge and Bath. Just a few doors down from the car rental office, a bakery with a bright pink facade (you can see it on their website) and interior (that floral wallpaper and lime-green wainscoting!) caught my eye. Bonus: the pastries at Patisserie Sainte-Anne were delicious!
- The wallpaper in Sainte-Anne's bathroom was pretty sweet, too.
- Restaurant Story was one of our splurge dinners (the trip was to celebrate our 10-year anniversary). Yes, the food was amazing. But I was also impressed by the wallpaper in the bathroom.
- I am a sucker for funky wallpaper and cool sneakers. Sneakersnstuff in Shoreditch had both. I think the walls may actually be covered in three different patterns, including Josef Frank's Vårklockor (white background) and Farrow & Ball's Lotus.
I'm especially interested in this last treatment because we papered one wall in our laundry room with a funky pattern, and I think I may have gotten some laundry detergent on a spot on the wall. Maybe mixing it with fragments of other patterns is one way to cover up/deal with the problem. Hmmm ...