May is here so we have the perfect excuse to start organising city breaks, right? This was rhetorical by the way. If your kids are starting school this week and you want something to look forward to (or simply don't have kids and can travel wherever, whenever), a boutique hotel stay will recharge your batteries and fill you with ideas for your home decor. But if you can't go away, why not bring that look in your own home, right now?
Most successful boutique hotels are those that imprint on our long term memory with their character; the ones that are instantly recognisable, with vintage chairs dressed in luxurious fabrics, a well curated art collection and beds that make you wish you were Sleeping Beauty (and therefore sleeping in them for a thousand years). The ones that feel like a home - if your home was luxurious and clean all the time that is.
You know which hotels I am talking about but if not, let me introduce you to SOHO HOUSE, a chain of luxury private houses that you can stay in (from London, to Barcelona and Berlin, or how about Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood?), be pampered (they have spas!) or simply to have a quiet afternoon while talking to a client if you are a member.
Their instagrammable rooms can temporarily feed your interiors hunger but they will leave you wanting more. You can now replicate their look at home: all you have to do is visit the all new SOHO HOME e-store, where you can buy furniture and furnishings, a thoughtfully curated collection of products from all over the world.
WHAT CAN YOU FIND AT SOHO HOME
Not only is it a great source for vintage, pre-loved furniture like this Danish leather sofa with wooden pillar base in Borge Mogensen-style drop arm shape and button back side cushions (a steal at £895 if you ask me) but also for everything you might need to set up your home with a hotel vibe: bedding, bathing accessories.
With our bathroom makeover already planned (and work starting in two weeks, exciting!) here are some products I would choose to bring into our design:
Davey Pillar Offset Wall Light by Original BTC, Weathered Brass
Ampney Storage Bag, Extra Large
Walnut Wood Dry Skin Brush
Randolph L Bar Toilet Roll Holder, in Blackened Brass
D E C O R T O I N S P I R E
In my last trip to Elounda Bay Palace, there were quite a few pieces in the room we stayed in that I wish I could buy. From light coloured cushions to a butler's tray and crystalware, I find it a little frustrating not being able to find exact pieces that you have seen in a hotel you love.
With SOHO HOME, you can literally create a look that has the 'As seen in Soho House' signature. Here are 5 of my favourite products from their current collection.
1. The pom pom blanket
Inspired by pieces in the bedrooms at Soho House Barcelona and used in the bedrooms at Shoreditch House (Marina throw, from £175).
2. The chevron cushion
This square cushion has an abstract chevron design printed on textured fabric and is two sided with print on face and reverse. It also features a black velvet piping around edge. You can find in the bedrooms at Shoreditch House. (Raval Cushion, £60).
3. The geometric rug.
This wool rug with geometric woven design has contrasting high and low pile giving a three dimensional texture. It is hand tufted with hand spun wool and you can see it in the Tiny bedrooms at Soho House Amsterdam. (Jordaan Rug from £395).
4. The wood & leather chair
This vintage piece is a1960s vintage by Danish furniture maker Sybast, designed by Arne Rodder. It was sourced from an office in Copenhagen and is in original condition with minor wear and tear to the leather. (Vintage Rosewood & Leather Chair, £275).
Soho House New York
Soho House Berlin
5. The weathered trunk
Perfect for keeping important documents safe, in style. It is made with top grain leather, hand finished with antique brass fastenings and has a quilted fabric interior. Inspired by vintage trunks used in the Houses. (Valnderbilt large leather trunk, £200).
Soho House Chicago
Disclaimer: all photos by SOHO House & SOHO Home, shopping boards by Seasons in Colour. This was a collaborative post with SOHO HOME, all product choices by Seasons in Colour.