Category Archives: Inspirational Interiors

Compact Living the Retro Way featuring pieces by Charles & Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, George Nelson and Robin Day.

Compact living. My virtual lounge/dining area including pieces designed by Charles & Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, George Nelson and Robin Day.


Kettners serves fresh, contemporary brasserie food and furniture!

This legendary venue was first opened by Auguste Kettner, chef to Napoleon III in 1867. Its recent refurbishment plays off the frisson of its proximity to the theatres… back to when it started, so conveniently situated next to the stage doors when it was a favourite of Edward VII and Lillie Langtry and  Oscar Wilde.

My favourite room has to be ‘The Apartment’ with its wooden wall paneling along with the decorative geometric ceiling. All the individual pieces of retro furniture in the different corners of the room create a real residential feel to the bar, a bit like going out but feeling like you are still in the comfort of your own home – my perfect night!

Highlights include the Warren Platner side table and matching grey Panton Cone Chairs and comfy Le Corbusier style sofas.

Ace Hotels Full of Retro Charm

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Like no chain of hotels I have ever seen or heard of before, the Ace Hotels are a must destination for any design enthusiast. The hotels are the creation of design team Robin and Williams and are located across the US. These hotels are full of salvaged, vintage and retro pieces with each room completely unique. Actions, or should I say pictures, speak far louder than words so I will leave you to enjoy the pics!

Retro Sneek Peeks from Design*Sponge

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In no particular order, here are some inspirational interior shots featuring retro pieces from the Sneek Peeks section on Design*Sponge

Design*Sponge is a brilliant American daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge features things such as diy projects, before & after furniture and home makeovers.

The site is updated constantly throughout the day (with an average of 6-10 posts a day), and attracts a core group of devoted readers. Design*Sponge currently has 43,000 daily readers and over 35,000 readers reading via RSS!

Not bad, but it still has some way to go before it catches T.F.C.R!

Bookcase made up of old tables!



I am all for getting creative when it comes to recycling and this clever bookcase designed by Isabel Quiroga (NL) epitomises just that!

The tables are sawn in the middle and stacked together and I love the fact that the drawers could be used for extra storage space!

A brilliant idea!

Mid Century House by BassamFellows

BassamFellows is a design company dedicated to returning true craftsmanship and beauty to contemporary living.

Their brief when creating the Mid Century House was to return an architecturally significant mid century house to its former glory and they have certainly achieved that by using materials and finishes consummate with the stunning location in which it is set.

More information available from BassamFellows

The East Rooms – Shoreditch, London EC1


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In our seemingly never ending search for a funky wedding venue, my girlfriend and I came across this stunning Private Members Club in Shoreditch, London Ec1.

The retro inspired decor blew us away with its low vintage sofas and chairs, 1970’s sideboards and luscious lighting, I would go as far as to say it is one of the coolest looking venues I have been to in London. However there was one sticking point, they do not hold a license to host Civil Ceremonies…. decisions decisions!!!