I feel I should start this post by wishing everyone a happy New Year – although I’m wondering if it’s still okay to write this at the close of the first week in January? A few days too late perhaps? But as this is my first post of 2017, it feels right to mark a new beginning. Let’s be honest, January isn’t the easiest of months – spring still feels a long way off – so when I was thinking about what to feature as the first post here, I realised that a little bit of escapism might be in order. Which brings me to a question: anyone else fancy packing their bags and heading to this chalet in the mountain village of Andermatt in the Swiss Alps?
Having just returned to Copperline HQ this week after a holiday – thank you dog-friendly Northumberland! – I have to say it’s hard to come back knowing that winter is just round the corner. I realise we have autumn first and I shouldn’t be jumping the gun here, but these dark evenings already feel closer to winter than summer! So I plan to keep on dreaming with lots of fantastic holiday properties (who’s with me here!) and this… well, this is perfect.
La Granja Ibiza first caught my eye on Wallpaper*, and when I headed to this boutique hotel’s website I was instantly smitten by the mood of this place along with the beautifully mellow and rustic aesthetic. I love when an old building is refurbished but still retains that patina and sense of history, and La Granja pretty much oozes patina in every space.
Putting contemporary architecture aside for a moment, if I had to choose one period of architecture that I’m most drawn to it would be Georgian. Having lived in Edinburgh for just over twenty years, this is probably no surprise – I’m surrounded by Georgian architecture every day. The simplicity, the balance, the quiet elegance – this is an aesthetic that I could never tire of. I love historic buildings, but there’s just something about Georgian houses that draws me to them time and time again. Think timber panelling, simple fireplaces, delicate cornicing, flagstone floors… it doesn’t get better.
Which brings me to The New Road Residence. This has to be one of the most beautiful and restrained and sympathetically designed Georgian houses that I’ve come across, and it’s available to let with The Modern House.
When I was thinking about starting the new STAY category here on Copperline, I wasn’t specifically intending to feature super-styled, super-luxe boutique hotels. Because, let’s face it, there are many, many super-luxe hotels out there. I’m drawn more to the smaller places, the quirkier finds. But then you come across something that’s just… a bit wonderful… okay, really wonderful, and realise that STAY can be about both the individual finds and the luxe.
I’m talking about The Buchanan, a boutique hotel in San Francisco that was redesigned by Nicole Hollis. Formerly Hotel Tomo, the 131-room hotel was taken over by the Kimpton brand. Hollis has transformed the interior with a sophisticated blend of Eastern design traditions – reflecting the hotel’s proximity to Japantown – and the casual elegance you would expect from a contemporary design hotel.
I’ve been doing some online research recently looking for interesting holiday homes, and I realised that this is one feature that I haven’t covered on the blog: holiday homes, cool hotels, Airbnbs – just amazing places to stay combined with cool and quirky finds. So I’ve added a new STAY category to the blog and thought I’d kick off this theme with a hotel that I would love to escape to: the Hotel Henriette in Paris.