We’ve just returned from an amazing trip to London as a family, while I sift through my photos and form some posts about all that I thought a house fantasy would be fun. Regular readers will know I like to pretend I live in other places. I am really pleased with how the photos turned out here, as you could quite easily imagine us living here in the lounge of the Cavendish Hotel in central London, I think, Miss L made herself very at home.
There was lots to like here and lots of great ideas to borrow. Being a hotel the inspiration was travel and, judging from the pictures and Budda sculpture, I am thinking India.
The staff at the hotel are so attentive, and General Manager Neil Braude, apart from sending us a welcome card, also left a lovely comment below explaining the design inspiration which I am quoting here:
The inspiration behind our interiors is travel and really a generic take from many countries that represent calm. The Lounge is used by many as an extension of their rooms, although we serve Afternoon Tea to many in this area it is equally used for rest, relaxing, catching up with friends, informal meetings and so on. So the calm open space is airy, light and calm to suit all occasions.
The colours are very important to us, we like to reflect the reds, yellow, browns of nature enhanced by the floral and foliage in our artwork. As our hotel is located right next to Piccadilly this is to bring a feeling of escape from the busy and bustling streets of London with it’s honking horns and frenetic crowds. Our restaurant is called Petrichor, which you may have noticed, and the name describes the scent of the earth after rain has just fallen – another reference to bringing a calm and natural feeling into the hotel.
I love the way the lounge is a big open plan space, but it uses shelves filled with vases and statues to create dividers. I have always wanted to do this in our house, knock down as many walls as possible in our Victorian home and create a gigantic open plan space.
I love the rich colours here too, warm browns and deep plummy reds, lifted by yellow, by light and by flowers. I love the crackled silver upholstery on these chairs and the single yellow flower mirroring the flowers in the art work.
I couldn’t take my eyes off the glass table lamps, or Miss L the stunning chandelier. I liked the arrangement of these pictures and the use of colour and shape to create an impact without being too distracting.
I love the idea of our home reflecting our travels, it is something I have been working on, especially since we cruised the Med taking in Greece, Turkey and Italy. I’ve yet to visit Morocco, but it really inspired this room.
Here’s some ideas I picked out from Wayfair to complement this lounge look:
The pendant light is from Dar Lighting, the Carlotta armchair is by Andreu World. The Budda and African vase are both great value, as is the Budda wall art. The table lamp borrows from the glass lamp and colour scheme, but there were also some more industrial brick lights if you prefer something less dainty. I think though, the Indian Hub reclaimed bookcase is my favourite find today at Wayfair.
The Cavendish Hotel is a really lovely four star hotel, ideally located, just behind Fortnum and Mason, on the stylish side street Jermyn Street.
Champagne Afternoon Tea Offer
The Cavendish Hotel was a great base after a busy day sightseeing, do read more about our experience of staying as a family. A Residence readers can book champagne afternoon tea in the amazing lounge for only £20, normally £30. A perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of shopping around Picadilly Circus, or to enjoy a break from sightseeing this summer. Just quote A Residence on booking, call 0207 930 2111 or tweet @Cavendish_Hotel and @AResidence.