DESIGNER HOLIDAYS

Suddenly we’ve blinked, the New Year is over and its already February!

As the summer temperatures continue to soar through the hottest month we can remember, it seems the only way to escape the heat is to get out of Sydney all together! 

But where to? 

Going on holidays often means hauling over-packed bags, traveling for days at a time, dealing with delays, unruly children (your own or strangers!) and multiple modes of transportation to get anywhere, hoping that in the end the destination is well worth the effort! 

We’ve been daydreaming of our ideal holidays where it’s not about the journey but all about the destination! Why don’t you come and join us . . .
 

GLAM STAY

Maddie is dreaming of places she has never travelled, such as Milan! She is lusting over Senato Hotel Milano and its beautiful interior, made up of a plush material palette boasting of black and white. The character of the building’s neo classical exterior remains intact and the interior given a much-needed face-lift and contemporized with bright brass features.
 

Senato Hotel, Milano
Senato Hotel, Milano

Senato Hotel, Milano

CULTURAL GETAWAY

Jess can’t wait to return to the The College Hotel, Amsterdam that she discovered a few years ago on a ‘design getaway’. She fell in love with the building’s historical charm and details such as the high ceilings, large fireplaces and luxurious suites decorated with muted but bold colour palette.
 

The College Hotel, Amsterdam
The College Hotel, Amsterdam

The College Hotel, Amsterdam

HAWAIIAN HAVEN

Demi is planning her return to the Modern Honolulu, Hawaii. Designed by one of her all-time favourite designers, Yabu Pushelburg, the hotel has a contemporary design with a tropical twist. She adored every detail from the shadow lines to pivoting timber plantation shutters to the secret bar hidden behind a bookcase!
 

The Modern Honolulu, Hawaii
The Modern Honolulu, Hawaii

The Modern Honolulu, Hawaii

NEW YORK ADVENTURE

Stuart can’t wait to jet off to the Big Apple to stay in The Hudson Hotel, New York. Designed by Phillipe Stark, The Hudson Hotel is filled with fun unique pieces, each designed specifically for the hotel. The unconventional combination of interiors creates an urban adventure throughout New York, all combined in the one building.
 

The Hudson Hotel, New York
The Hudson Hotel, New York

The Hudson Hotel, New York

MAGICAL RETREAT

Alex is daydreaming of the magical Il Sereno Hotel, designed by Patricia Urquiola and with vertical gardens by famed botanist Patrick Blanc. She is drawn to this modern marvel built of stone, bronze and copper which stands on the shore of Lake Como, Italy. It’s amazing architectural detailing creates an intimate connection to the lake with specially framed glimpses created throughout the hotel interior.

Il Sereno Hotel, Lake Como, Italy

Il Sereno Hotel, Lake Como, Italy

A CHARMED LIFE

Julia longs to return to charming Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a French town she fell in love with as a solo twenty-something backpacker. This time, however, she would love to rest her weary head on a pillow at the Hotel De Tourrel and experience the luxuries she could only previously dream of on a backpacker’s budget. She loves the elegant mix of original features and modern interiors that are housed within the buildings 17th century architecture. Handmade furniture by ClassiCon designers Eileen Gray and Konstantin Grcic fill the seven exclusive suites of the hotel.
 

Hotel De Tourrel, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Hotel De Tourrel, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Image 1 via Senato Milano / Image 2 via The D Pages / Image 3 & 4 via The College Hotel / Image 5 via Boutique Travel Blog / Image 6 via Yabu Pushelburg / Image 7 & 8 via Morgans Hotel Group / Image 9 & 10 via Sereno Hotels

WHY SO BLUE?

Blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, infinity, imagination and of course, Summer.

Cue European vacation.

My all-time favourite hue of blue is the colour of the Mediterranean Sea . . . in all its glorious shades – the colour of the ocean pre-siesta is completely different to post. It seems that I am not the only one enamoured with blue. This season I’ve seen it everywhere on my travels, from the uncharacteristically perfect clear London sky, to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the whitewashed and blue detailed houses littering the cliffs in Mykonos, right down to this seasons hottest runway looks and my most covetable fashion accessories. Even celebrities are naming their children in honour of it . . .

One of Pantone’s Top 10 Colours for Spring 2014 ‘Dazzling Blue’ 

One of Pantone’s Top 10 Colours for Spring 2014 ‘Dazzling Blue’ 

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   Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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   The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes".

The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes".

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   Mykonos, Cyclades in the Greek Islands. The blue that dreams are made of.

Mykonos, Cyclades in the Greek Islands. The blue that dreams are made of.

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   Never-ending blue.

Never-ending blue.

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   Electric shades of blue graced the catwalks and created this seasons hottest looks from Lanvin, Preen and Stella McCartney in leather, fur, lace and silk.

Electric shades of blue graced the catwalks and created this seasons hottest looks from Lanvin, Preen and Stella McCartney in leather, fur, lace and silk.

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   My season must-have, Jimmy Choo Aegean matte python . . . swoon!     Image 1   via    Pantone  / Image 2   via     Blue Mosque  /  Image 3   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 4   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 5   via    Mykonos  / Image 6   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 7   via    Frances Diaries  / Image 8   via     J  immy Choo

My season must-have, Jimmy Choo Aegean matte python . . . swoon!

Image 1 via Pantone / Image 2 via Blue Mosque / Image 3 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 4 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 5 via Mykonos / Image 6 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 7 via Frances Diaries / Image 8 via Jimmy Choo