The view from south of the river Thames features quite a few iconic views of the ever changing London cityscape. Among them are 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) which now looks like a little squirt compared to 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Talkie building).
Greetings from the gorgeous and grandiose Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England! The stunning French chateau inspired mansion once owned in entirety by the Rothschild family could easily be described as a dream home and I for one wouldn’t mind moving in immediately. Granted, it’s no Versailles but in England I believe this is as close as one can possibly get.
I’ll be asking my darling grandmother for a refresher course in proper napkin folding so that one day perhaps my own dining table will look as triumphant as this. Luckily, I already have some of the tools necessary with a set of white table cloth napkins with my monogram. My dream of a palace is quickly becoming a reality.
It’s been a new experience discovering Uppsala, Sweden with its many historic buildings such as Uppsala Cathedral which dates back to the late 13th century, Uppsala Castle from the 16th century, Uppsala University which was founded in 1477, and one of Uppsala University’s renowned scholars Carolus Linnaeus’s garden and house.
Although I’ve been extremely busy with the apartment renovation and interior design project that I’m currently working on, I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit of time to explore my surroundings. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve found so far.
The highly decorated ceiling, walls, stained glass windows, and tombs must have been arduous work and unbelievably time consuming to create but it’s so amazing to see in entirety.
Greetings from a bleak looking Tokyo! But don’t let the lack of bright sunshine fool you as it’s still ridiculously hot here, much to my dismay. I’m trading in London and in exchange will be spending the summer in Tokyo where I’ll be up to my usual adventures.
Although I find myself physically in Brighton it’s as if I’ve been transported to a foreign, exotic place when looking at and exploring the interiors of the Royal Pavilion. Think Taj Mahal meets Disneyland mixed with lots of chinoiserie and scattered empire style furniture. A bit of a hot mess stylistically which only goes to show the eccentricity and eclectic taste of it’s creator.
After wandering the long corridors of the Royal Pavilion a hit of sugary, indulgent ice cream seemed only appropriate. Queue Gelato Gusto located in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine serving “artisan gelato” which might just sound like a fancy name for ice cream but given their selection of flavors, they certainly earned the title. Stocking flavors as wild and unique as Turkish delight, red bull sorbet, banoffee pie, maltesers, and blood orange sorbet to name but a few.
Ah I wish I could have bought a big cup with at least 10 different flavors giving me the chance to try the most intriguing ones on offer but alas I settled for a cup with two generous scoops, one of their sea salt caramel and the other maltesers. Yum, worth a trip to Brighton in itself!
I even found Bond Street in Brighton – not London and the excitement started brewing immediately but ultimately the experience was short lived upon realizing that the luxury boutiques I was expecting were nowhere to be found.
London’s very own Louvre? No, but that would be rather wonderful wouldn’t it? Just as luxury brands set up boutiques worldwide, why shouldn’t art institutes and museums do the same. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is now expected to open in 2015 after original plans to open in 2012 were delayed and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi expected to open in 2017, are just a couple of examples of this. So, is a London Louvre really that far fetched? Well, yes given that Paris is only a short train or plane ride away but one can fantasize right :) Instead what you’re really looking at is simply a very cool office building found in Southwark.
Enjoying the finest of what 南青山 (Minami Aoyama) has to offer. Shopping in the luxury brand’s uniquely designed buildings is seriously a treat and I’m loving the architecture! The Cartier building designed in the shape of a diamond by architect Bruno Moinard, 2005. Then, in the background is the “Jewels of Aoyama” designed by Jun Mitsui and Associates, 2002.
Took the ghost train arriving at Nørreport station. Such a hardcore and creepy railway station, just take a look! It was smoky like crazy and almost impossible to breathe. Think I’ve just become a victim of an Alfred Hitchcock film.
Hung out at Strøget, downtown Copenhagen where I visited my favorite Illums Bolighus boutique and numerous other shops. I love the architecture in this town, living through various époques but all in the present.
Shirt being rocked by my super stylish sister is a linnea original, linneabylinneanilsson oooo!