Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

I’m so pleased to be sharing these pictures with you of the flat we recently finished renovating in Notting Hill. We bought the flat just before Christmas and started work on it in January. In the end we updated everything and it took a little longer than we hoped because our lovely builders were splitting their time between London and Dorset.

But we got there in the end and are thrilled with how it has turned out.

We bought the flat so that we could keep a base in London to use when we need to for work, but also something that we can rent out for holiday lets as this is something we have always wanted to do.

Finding the right property is always a challenge and we looked at many flats before finally choosing this one. We even had another one under offer, which sadly fell through after Brexit, but I always think these things happen for a reason as we love this one even more. Once the price was agreed (last August) it took many months to reach completion and wasn’t without its stresses (is it ever?!) I’ll actually be writing a post soon all about how to find the perfect renovation project, as it’s something I often get asked about.

This flat is on the lower ground of a beautiful building on Talbot Road. It’s such a perfect location as you are only five minutes walk to Westbourne Grove and Portabello Road. We chose a lower ground, as we knew we wanted a garden and this flat has the most lovely private terrace – it’s so secluded and really does feel like a lovely haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I have already installed a few plants in pots, but can’t wait to fill it with more and lots of fairy lights for romantic evening drinks and dinner.

Inside the flat we wanted to create a light, fresh and calm feel – we took influence mainly from Scandinavian apartments and commissioned the lovely and talented Kristin Gaudio Endsley to paint a Diptych as the central piece to the room (and to hide the TV!). The living room is a really good size and we really wanted to maximise this sense of space, so built a banquette in the corner for dining/working at. It’s a great way to save space and pretty cost effective too.

We painted the walls throughout the flat in the same colour; Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. When working with smaller spaces, using the same colour for all rooms creates a lovely sense of flow and I also think it makes the space feel bigger. The master bedroom design was inspired by a Slim Aaron’s photo that takes pride of place; a sense of calm with some pops of mid-century colour.

I really hope you like it and if you are looking for somewhere to stay in London then please do check it out on Airbnb, we would love to host you!

Laura x

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

 

 

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to be some of the first guests at Mahon’s newest, and arguably most stylish, boutique hotel, Casa Ládico. Built as a stunning family home in the mid-nineteenth century by the Greek family Ládico, the building is located in the centre of the city.

Made from mares stone and listed for its architectural features, it’s exactly the kind of property I always fall for. Oodles of history, character and beautifully restored by its current owners, the hotel is a stunning example of a elegant Spanish family home. The refurbishment was carried out last Winter in a speedy six months and is a real success.

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

The large courtyard garden includes a generous size swimming pool, with plenty or room to bathe in the sun (or hide in the shade like me with a gin and tonic!). The design throughout is simple and stylish – I just adore roof terraces and town gardens – I love the feeling of other buildings around me, the gentle bustle of mediterranean city life and I also have a bit of an obsession with rooftop views!

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Inside the hotel the simple elegance continues – soft, calm colours combine with a mixture of classic and modern pieces of to create a contemporary, but comfortable space. I love the crittle windows – they add the perfect modern accent to traditional architecture. There is a small indoor bar area and restaurant and lots of seating outside on the terrace. The food is wonderful – a fusion of international and Spanish and the barman on the first evening served us the best Gin & Tonic we have ever tasted…we would expect nothing less with Mahon’s history with the drink!

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Upstairs the decor continues in the same vein – a cool, calm colour palette wraps the stairwell and the stairs are a stunning feature in themselves – the original stone and balustrade (we have learnt that the gently waved metal is a classic Menorcan style) lead the way to the top of the tall building, where our gorgeous bedroom was to be found.

We had an attic room with terrace – it was so pretty and waking up each morning to the rooftop view was heaven for me. And the blue skies of course helped make it the perfect start to the day!

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Finally I want to mention the location – right in the centre of the historic part of the city, it’s a gentle potter to the market and main shopping streets and a 15 minute walk down to the famous harbour. Mahon is such a special city and what is truly unique is the distance from the city centre to some of the islands most beautiful beaches – 15 minutes to many! But I will save that for my next post…

Laura x

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Casa Ladico Hotel in Mahon, Menorca

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

In few weeks ago we were lucky enough to visit Los Angeles for a few days to surprise friends for a birthday party. We started our trip with a day recovering from jetlag in Malibu (see previous post) and then we headed to Shutters on the Beach for a few days to surprise a great friend for his birthday.

I was planning to share a review of Shutters on the blog, but for two reasons I have decided against it.

The first is that despite the hype (and price!), we were a litte disappointed with our stay. It just didn’t deliver what we expected and because it was so expensive, we did expect a lot. The rooms were quite small and ours had no outlook, the staff were fine, but not particularly friendly or helpful and nothing seemed to be included in the crazily expensive room rate!

We were charged extra for breakfast, extra for the afternoon tea that is served in reception and looks as though it’s complimentary (nothing compared to the amazing afternoon teas at Babington!) and extra to use one of the hotel’s bikes to cycle along Santa Monica beach.

The other thing (which we can’t blame the hotel for) is that the weather was awful; there was a thick fog that covered the hotel and beach, so we couldn’t see the sea and it was cold. Goodbye to sipping rosé on the terrace by the sea and hello to open fires and hot chocolate!

The strangest part is that you would drive a block or two inland, the mist would lift and there was bright sunshine! Apparently this is quite common in Santa Monica, particularly in the summer, but in my view it’s another reason to book something a little further inland rather than spend the extra to stay at Shutters.

Anyway, this post is not about Shutters, it is about the gorgeous Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood, where we stayed for our last night in LA. It was wonderful!

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

The interiors at the hotel are gorgeous – really inspiring and there is so much to look at. Gorgeous vintage pieces, lots of colour and texture, really unique and stylish. I particularly loved the feel of the restaurant, a little cool oasis away from the busy West Hollywood streets. Soft greens and comfy seating, combined with lots of plants and funky furnishings, it really is a stunning spot. The food was amazing too!

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

The hotel is in a converted apartment building and the design of the rooms really accentuates this. Ours was room 212 and it was huge! It was basically an apartment; a cool kitchen and living area that led into the bedroom and huge master bathroom. The decor as in the rest of the hotel, was a mixture of lovely vintage finds that worked brilliantly together, with a slightly industrial slant.

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

After settling in and having lunch we decided to head out to explore Beverly Hills for the afternoon. Palm trees and blue skies – can you ever get enough of them?! We stopped on Rodeo Drive for a spot of window shopping/people watching too.

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

When back at the hotel we headed up to the roof terrace for a sundowner before heading to the airport- they have a huge roof bar area and again, it’s beautifully decorated with amazing views of the Hollywood hills. This was the perfect place to end out whirlwind week in LA and I’ll definitely be booking again when I’m next in La La Land!

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Palihouse West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden

Following on from last week’s post, this week I want to share with you some images of the beautiful interiors and design at the Shangri-La resort, Bar Al Jissah in Oman, where we were lucky enough to spend 5 nights in November.

The resort is divided into three parts – a family friendly 4* hotel, a beautiful 5* star section in the middle and then the 6* Al Husn, which is where we were lucky enough to stay. The hotel was beautiful – middle eastern influence was clear throughout and the rooms incredibly comfortable and relaxing.

The resort as a whole has a huge selection of restaurants ranging from local flavours and seafood, to Moroccan, Italian and Asian, so something for all tastes. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind for a few days in the warm winter sun!

LBM
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* I was hosted by the Shangri-La on this trip, but all views are my own.

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Happy New Year to all my readers – I hope you all had a wonderful break over Christmas and are feeling refreshed and ready to take on 2016! 

We had a very quiet time relaxing in Dorset, which was lovely but the weather was terrible – wind and rain almost every day! Luckily in late November we had escaped for a few days of winter sun to beautiful Oman, where we stayed in the stunning Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah Resort and Spa near Muscat.

It was such a treat – the beaches were beautiful and the weather was perfect almost every day. I think these gorgeous pictures speak for themselves – I can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for some relaxation and sun in the winter and don’t want to fly too far. We spent five nights at the resort, which was perfect.

As to be expected from the Shangri-La group, the interiors of the hotel were lovely – I will share them with you in next week’s post.

Happy New Year!

LBM
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