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Spanish Design | Hotel Alexandra, Barcelona

July 24, 2017

Hotel Alexandra, Barcelona | These Four Walls blog

A few months ago, a rather unexpected and very exciting email popped into my inbox. It came from the Association of Spanish Design (RED), a not-for-profit organisation that promotes Spanish design around the globe. Each summer it runs a week-long tour called ‘Sunny Design Days’, which gives a small group of international bloggers the chance to experience Spanish design first-hand, and I was one of the lucky ones invited to take part this year. Needless to say I replied ‘yes’ within seconds, and so it was that I found myself at Bristol Airport at 6am on a July morning, eagerly boarding a plane bound for Spain.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that it turned out to be a wonderful trip. We started in Barcelona (a city that I will always love, after spending a very happy time living there as a student), before moving on to Valencia, Murcia and finally Madrid – all the while accompanied by a heatwave that saw the temperature rise as high as 43°C. Along the way we visited studios and showrooms, met inspiring designers and innovative brands, and sampled some very stylish restaurants and hotels. I came back with a camera full of photos, a mind buzzing with ideas and a lovely new set of blogger friends – plus a minor case of sunburn, but I only have myself to blame for that.

I’ll share all my discoveries with you over the coming weeks, but I want to start with a look at the beautiful Hotel Alexandra, where we stayed during the Barcelona leg of the tour.

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A weekend at Sisterhood Camp, Wales

July 7, 2017

A weekend at Sisterhood Camp, Wales | These Four Walls blog

Returning from a holiday often leaves me feeling strangely frazzled – so much work to catch up on, so many emails to answer, clothes to unpack and wash… But every now and then, I’m lucky enough to experience a break that’s truly refreshing and restorative.

One such getaway came a couple of weekends ago, when I was invited to Sisterhood Camp by the lovely people at Visit Wales. Part of a series of seasonal workshops and events set up by fellow blogger Lou Archell, the camp is a biannual retreat for women – a chance to switch off from work and other commitments, and embrace a slower, more gentle pace of life in a truly beautiful setting.

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A misty day on the Cornish coast

June 21, 2017

A misty day on the Cornish coast | These Four Walls blog

There’s something about being by the coast that feeds the soul, no matter what the weather. To round off my posts from our recent minimoon in Cornwall, here’s a selection of photos which I took in Mousehole and Sennen Cove on a hauntingly beautiful May morning, when mist shrouded the cliffs, waves crashed on the shore, and we had the windswept sands almost entirely to ourselves…

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Top tips for western Cornwall

June 16, 2017

Top tips for western Cornwall | These Four Walls blog

The western tip of Cornwall is an area which Chris and I seem to bounce back to again and again – most recently heading there for our engagement shoot in February, and then for a short minimoon after our wedding in May. It’s a stunning corner of the world: wild coastline, dazzling light, historic St Michael’s Mount, and pretty harbour towns (St Ives, Porthleven, Penzance, Mousehole) brimming with restaurants, shops and galleries.

Here’s a round-up of my favourite spots from all our recent visits…

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Chapel House Penzance | Cornwall

May 30, 2017

Chapel House Penzance, Cornwall | These Four Walls blog

As I may have already mentioned a couple of times, Chris and I recently got married and then headed off for a quick minimoon in the pretty Cornish village of Mousehole. I’ll put together some tips for exploring this beautiful corner of Cornwall soon, but first I want to share a peek at Chapel House Penzance, a stylish six-bedroom B&B where we spent the first night of our break before checking into a self-catering cottage.

I’d been longing to stay at Chapel House ever since it opened in 2015, and I wasn’t disappointed. Occupying an 18th-century townhouse that was originally built by an admiral who fought in the Battle of Trafalgar, it’s been beautifully restored by current owner Susan, who worked with Loci Architecture to blend its elegant Georgian lines and period features with a few contemporary additions.

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Out of the office…

May 11, 2017

Out of the office...

A very quick post today to let you know that I’m taking a short break from blogging, as I’m getting married this weekend! We’ll then be heading off for a mini-moon in Cornwall, but I’ll be back later in May with more interiors and lifestyle inspiration (and possibly a few wedding photos!).

In the meantime, here some pictures of the stunning Cornish coastline to feast your eyes upon, all captured by our wedding photographer Taylor & Porter during our recent engagement shoot

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Hotel Danmark | Copenhagen

March 13, 2017

Hotel Danmark | Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

I have a bit of design-related travel news to start the week, as I’ve just discovered that Brochner Hotels, owner of long-time Copenhagen favourite Hotel SP34, is about to launch a brand-new base in the Danish capital.

Called Hotel Danmark, it’s due to open its doors to guests in April and, from the look of the press photos, it’s going to be stunning. The interiors blend sleek Scandinavian lines and mid-century modern classics with decadent touches, including four-poster beds, forest-green walls and brass accents. I particularly love the leather-padded headboards, which are softened by snuggly cushions in pale grey and mint green, and the striking dome-shaped bedside lamps.

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A road trip through Liguria

March 3, 2017

A road trip through Liguria, Italy | These Four Walls blog

Last autumn Chris and I embarked on a mammoth road trip through the Liguria region of northern Italy, reviewing hotels for my day job with i-escape. We flew into Pisa and followed the coast all the way round to the French border and back again, travelling more than 1000km over the course of a week.  A packed schedule left little time to explore, but I was so struck with the colours and textures we encountered – velvety-green hills, the endless turquoise sea, crumbling plaster walls in a rainbow of earthy hues – that I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos.

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A winter weekend at Artist Residence Cornwall

February 14, 2017

A winter weekend at Artist Residence Cornwall | These Four Walls blog

There’s something so invigorating about being by the sea in winter: the crashing waves, the empty beaches, the vast skies, the beautifully crisp light… Nothing beats it for blasting away any lingering post-Christmas cobwebs, and so the other weekend Chris and I hopped in the car and journeyed down to the western tip of Cornwall for a sneaky coastal getaway.

Our base was Artist Residence Cornwall, a stylish and eclectic hotel in the heart of Penzance. It’s perfect for a relaxing break, with friendly staff, a lounge-bar filled with sink-into-comfy armchairs, and the kind of easygoing vibe that instantly lulls you into holiday mode. And it’s great-value, with rates starting at well under £100 a night in low season.

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Weeke Barton | Devon

November 10, 2016

Weeke Barton | Devon | These Four Walls blog

Last week I shared some photos of Hotel Endsleigh, the first of two places which Chris and I stayed at during our recent escape to Devon. As promised, here’s a peek at the second: Weeke Barton, hidden above a wooded valley on the edge of brooding Dartmoor National Park.

This beautiful B&B is an entirely different kettle of fish to Hotel Endsleigh. Yes, it’s set in another old building – more than 500 years old, in fact, and rumoured by locals to be the longest traditional longhouse in the area. But inside it’s been given a contemporary makeover by owners Jo and Sam, a former restaurant manager and a graphic designer who swapped London life for the wilds of Devon in 2007.

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