Saturday, July 23

Celebrity Home: Grey's Anatomy Girl at Home

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This weekend I bring you the laidback home of Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo - a classic 1920’s Spanish-style home in the Hollywood Hills. For the decor, Ellen was inspired by all things Mediterranean, Morocco, Spain, Tuscany, and the South of France—not only for their design traditions but also for their lifestyles that celebrate casual entertaining, hearty food, and sun-kissed repose. As she puts it, “This house is perfect for our family, it’s all about swimming, eating, and hanging out with friends”.

In the dining room, lanterns are suspended above an antique Guatemalan farmhouse table from Dos Gallos; the mirror is by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, and the subway sign is vintage

The living room chairs were left by the previous owners, and a petrified-wood block from DAO Home serves as a side table.

In the den, the sectional and the ottoman, which are covered in a linen by C&C Milano and an Edelman leather, respectively, and the upholstered screens are all by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard; the woven-sea-grass stools are by ABC Carpet & Home.

In the master bedroom, the antique Egyptian wall hanging and 1950s West African pillows are from Hollywood at Home; the bed is topped with a cashmere blanket by Matteo and an Indian silk-and-wool throw, and the vintage lacquer campaign cabinets and ’60s Moroccan-style brass lamps are from Orange Furniture

The master bath features a tub and étagère by Waterworks, an antique Chinese bamboo ladder, and a zinc garden stool; the floor tiles are from Exquisite Surfaces 

The custom designed sofa is by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

All images via Elle Decor.

Saturday, July 16

Period living in Wales: Victorian Mill House

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I am back from my wonderful holiday in Wales and find myself completely obsessed with the quaint Welsh cottage style. I promise this phase will pass quickly, like my other fleeting obsessions, but before it does let me share a beautiful renovated old mill house. This Victorian mill and stables were transformed by owner Linda Cobbett into a functional home and was judged the Best Period Renovation of 2010 by UK magazine Period Living.

Linda retained several original features, which are the remnants of the industrial use of the building, such as the large metal windows, natural textures like the stonewalls and the wooden floorboards. Other components such as the old drive wheel of the mill has been used as a unique chandelier in the living room. 

The U shaped kitchen island, formerly used as a counter in a sweet shop 

All images via Period Living

Friday, July 15

Welsh Cream Tea in the Brecon Beacons

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Here are some photographs from my recent trip to Wales. We stayed in the village of Penderyn near Aberdare and enjoyed two whole days of walks and rides in the Brecon Beacons National Park. On the last day, we decided to regain some of the lost calories and treat ourselves to a Welsh Cream Tea. 

It was an impulse stop; driving along the A4059, we saw a small sign for Ty Newydd Country Hotel, advertising cream teas. That was it, my sugar sensor perked up and I could see scones laden with cream and strawberries floating in front of my eyes. We just had to go in.

Apparently, we were not the only ones who had succumbed to temptation. There was a group of English gentlemen wearing tweed waistcoats and berets, enjoying their tea in the garden while puffing on their cigars. They were driving their vintage cars through the most picturesque roads in Wales. Cars that looked so magnificent, lined up in front of the Neo-Georgian building that I couldn’t help but steal a quick photograph. Can it possibly get any more English than this? 

On to the Cream tea, I believe I should spare you the words and just let you look at my photographs of tiered cake stands with homemade scones, welsh cakes, bara brith, clotted cream and jam (yes you get a cake stand all to yourself!). Just make sure you head over to Ty Newydd if you are ever in the area. It will be well worth it, I promise.

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