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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hotel Review: The Reading Rooms, Margate

On July 18th, 2011 by .

Situated on Margate’s finest Georgian square; Hawley Square, you can find the luxury boutique bed & breakfast – The Reading Rooms.  As one of England’s first seaside resorts in the 18th century, Margate became famed for it’s picturesque beaches, reading rooms, historic architecture and recent revival for the arts. All of which reflects within the beautiful interiors of The Reading Rooms.

Just a five minute walk from the sea, the Grade II listed Georgian town house boasts three expansive guest rooms which have been loving restored.  Owners Liam & Louise drew inspiration for the restoration from their time living in Florence and previous experience within the graphic design and music industry.  Liam adding further input from his recent studies in architecture.

The colour palette of The Reading Rooms is mostly monochromatic; with white washed woods, Farrow & Ball soft white walls, hints of antique wood, and blue/grey plasterwork. With added accessories such as bronze chandeliers and grey roll top Victorians baths. The ambiance is serene and relaxing, with large open spaces and floor to ceiling sash windows, flooding the rooms with light.  Modern design and antiques sit happily alongside each other, with an overall respect shown towards the history and development of the building throughout time.  The restoration of The Reading Rooms has been delicately approached and carefully considered; which is most notably seen in the original Georgian plasterwork, parquet flooring and cornicing.  The en-suite bathrooms however take an all-together more modern and angular approach, but are softened by elements such as the restored cast iron radiators, white washed beams and roll-top baths.

Prices at The Reading Rooms start from £150 a night, which includes dinner and breakfast.  For further information on booking please visit The Reading Rooms website.






Promotion: Command picture clips

On July 14th, 2011 by .

At the beginning of 2011 Pippa Jameson Interiors was asked to become part of 3M’s expert panel. This means that I get to try out and use all of their products by creating some online videos as well as mini-makers…great!

The last makeover we filmed was the transformation of an old cupboard in to a kitchen pantry; the result was fantastic, it’s amazing what you can achieve in a day! We used a whole range of clips for the film but the one I wanted to talk about is the picture clip as I think this would be most relevant to my readers.

I had the idea of using it on the inside of the cupboard to hold all of my loose recipes and it worked a treat. I am forever tearing interesting ones out of foodie magazines and they either get lost or just end up as tatty bits of paper stuffed in to other recipe books. The clips could work really well on the wall next to your oven or even on the inside of a cupboard door like I have used it.

Another option is to use it on your fridge for notes as an alternative to magnets as let’s face it, magnets always fall off!

Below is the makeover video and a little bit more product information about the picture clips:

• Hang a photo, reminders or schedules without magnets failing or leaving adhesive residue.
• Works on painted walls, wood, tiles, & metal surfaces.
• Clip is translucent to blend in with the surface.
• Includes 6 clips and 8 Command™ strips per pack (2 extra strips to reuse clips).
• Easy to put up – no need for nails or screws.
• High performance adhesive – holds on strongly.
• Easy to remove – innovative stretch release technology leaves no surface damage.

More information on Command Picture Clips

Influenced by Art Nouveau

On July 12th, 2011 by .

One of my favourite art movements is Art Nouveau. Ever since I was awarded an art prize book in high school filled with treasures defined by this style, I have been enchanted by the exaggerated fantasy-like curves, line work and ornate imagery tying in elements of nature. I especially appreciate the influence the art form has had on fashion, poster design, products and architecture, even film and set design. It is definitely high up on my list as an influence in my next stying project!

Image credits: 1.Interiors and Exteriors looking very fantasy like, 2.Stunning new take on Art Nouveau in the home, 3. Mucha’s iconic artwork.

And recently spotted – the upcoming collection from Jason Wu, so perfectly inspired! (Image 4 and 5)