Travel

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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Twigitecture

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 }

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First We Eat

by Kate on April 24, 2015

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I have recently become a workshop junkie, using most of my free weekends to take classes in everything from archery to sourdough bread-making. It’s a little daunting every time, to throw myself into a new group of people, a new place, and try something I’ve never done before. But all of those new elements add up to an adventure, where time stretches and I leave with new friends, and the glow of good time spent. In my searching for more, I came across First We Eat, a podcast and event series created and run by Eva Kosmas Flores and Carey Nershi, two talented food stylists, photographers, and bloggers on opposite coasts.

The duo has chosen some incredible settings for their workshops, including a turn-of-the-century saltbox home in Cape Cod and a lake house in the Swedish forest on the shores of Lake Koppan. The multi-day workshops include delicious communal meals, hands-on training in food styling and photography, and other fun activities like cheese-making or fly fishing. They are filling up fast, so head over to their site to sign up for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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 { The next open event is a Food Styling, Photography & Portrait Workshop set in Sweden. Click here to register! }

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 { A workshop in Croatia will be coming in summer 2015! }

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 { Eva’s recipe for a beautiful Oregano Honey Cake with Blackberry Buttercream. }

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 { Carey’s Mustard Chicken with Celery Root Puree & Kale Salad }

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