The Durham

by Anh-Minh on September 23, 2015

thedurham1Yesterday was a great mail day for me, with the latest issues of Garden & Gun and The Local Palate arriving. (If you’re not familiar with the magazines, they focus on Southern living and food culture.) I travel to South Carolina at least once a year—my in-laws live there—but my time in North Carolina has been limited to pretty much the Charlotte airport. G&G‘s article on the South’s most stylish new hotels and TLP‘s on “Gourmet Getaways” has me thinking I need to explore the Tar Heel State.

And I know exactly where to start: The Durham, a boutique hotel housed in a mid-century modern landmark building that dates back to the 1960s and was previously a Home Savings Bank. I became familiar with the property a couple of months ago (they stock Anthology in their newsstand) but the write-ups in TLP and G&G—the latter mentions that the on-site restaurant is run by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing and the interiors are the work of Commune Design—has moved this North Carolina destination toward the top of my must-visit list.

Mmm … fried chicken on the rooftop lounge …

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{ Photos via The Durham }


Hôtel Henriette

by Kate on August 11, 2015

anthologymag-blog-travel-hotel-henriette-1With the rise of Airbnb, Couchsurfing, and other lodging apps popping up around the world, the hospitality industry has certainly experienced a massive shift in recent years. I am thrilled to know those alternative methods are available to me when planning a trip, but I am also happy to see that unique, beautiful, and reasonably priced hotels are still thriving. The Hôtel Henriette Paris is one of the most charming and appealing hotels I’ve come across in recent years, and I would book a stay there in a heartbeat.

There are 32 rooms in this boutique hotel, all expertly designed by Vanessa Scoffier of Les Nouveaux Decorateurs. The vibe of each room is so welcoming and laid-back, yet also full of delightful and surprising visual touches: a two-toned contrast wall, a well-worn leather headboard, am elegant vintage wallpaper. It’s situated in a great spot, located on a brick-paved side street and just a 10 minute walk from the lovely Jardin des Plantes botanical garden. If you can pull yourself away from this hotel’s magical rooms, I think you’ll find it’s the perfect place from which to explore the city. To book a room, or to simply admire more of the hotel’s stunning interiors, visit their website here.  

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The Greenbrier

by Anh-Minh on July 6, 2015

greenbrier7While I’m not a golf fanatic, I do occasionally follow the sport, and this past weekend marked The Greenbrier Classic, an annual tournament held at the West Virginia resort. Some people are drawn to The Greenbrier for its golf and tennis amenities … and others, like me, to its decor, which can be traced back to Dorothy Draper. The noted interior designer “left the hotel with a bold new personality, using color and oversized patterns to paint a picture that reflected the luxury of space, elegance, and sense of history in every detail.” (You can read more about her firm’s relationship with the resort here.)

The aesthetic might not work with the architecture of my own home, but I would love to spend a long weekend in one of these rooms and admire the talents of Draper as well as her protégé, Carleton Varney.

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by Kate on May 26, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-design-twighouses-1Oh, to sleep amongst the trees! I cannot imagine a more magical way to experience the outdoors. Last year, when we were scouting locations for Issue 17′s Market Report, I looked far and wide for treehouses in the Bay Area and found some real stunners. Ever since then, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with treehouse architecture of all kinds.

I came across this New York Times article from a couple of years ago only recently, but was delighted to learn that there are several examples of “twigitecture,” or humans nests, installed in the Bay Area. The nest at Treebones Resort (pictured below) not only has an amazing view, but probably smells pretty good, too—the creator, Jayson Fann, uses eucalyptus to make his suspended shelters. If you find yourself taking a trip to Northern California, consider booking a stay among the birds.




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soane1During my trip to London last fall, one of the highlights was visiting Sir John Soane’s Museum. The former residence of the distinguished architect has been turned into a museum, filled with art and antiquities. The interiors appear essentially as they did when he passed away in 1837.

Since museum-goers aren’t allowed to take pictures—and I’m not sure when I’ll be in London again—I was thrilled to receive an email with these images: They depict the Soane’s private apartments and model room, both of which open tomorrow. The public now has access to the newly renovated spaces for the first time in over 160 years. If you’re around London or planning a trip there, I highly recommend adding the museum to your itinerary. (And I’ll be so jealous!)

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{ All images ©Gareth Gardner }