Breakfast in Bed

What do mom’s really want for Mother’s Day?   We desire everyday moments like a long, relaxing bath; sleeping in; reading a magazine without interruption; and the very coveted breakfast in bed – all simple, yet special and rare. And of course bespoke IC bedding, towels and table linens make beautiful, personal and very useful gifts to enhance these experiences. Who wouldn’t mind being surprised in bed with chocolate croissants, fresh juice, coffee and monogrammed napkins wrapped in a ribbon [hint, hint]?

Breakfast in bed with some famous faces…

Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth
Eddie Redmayne Eddie Redmayne
Kate Bosworth Kate Bosworth
Kate Moss Kate Moss
YSL YSL
Edith Sitwell at Renishaw, 1930, by Cecil Beaton Edith Sitwell at Renishaw, 1930, by Cecil Beaton
Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe
Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight, 1933 Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight, 1933
Jackie Collins Jackie Collins
Paul and Denise Poiret, Faubourg Saint Honore Paul and Denise Poiret, Faubourg Saint Honore
Jean Shrimpton Jean Shrimpton
Renata Boeck at the Regency Hotel, New York, 1964, by Aaron Slims Renata Boeck at the Regency Hotel, New York, 1964, by Aaron Slims
Lucille Ball Lucille Ball
Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, by Lorenzo Agius Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, by Lorenzo Agius

Fall Florals

Embroidered flowers and floral prints are what we loved from the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 runways. Possibly because it reminds us of our hand embroidered floral tablecloths? See our runway picks of fall florals fit for the most divine tablescapes….

Alberta Ferretti Alberta Ferretti
Valentino Valentino
Celine Celine
Erdem Erdem
Altuzarra Altuzarra
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce & Gabbana
Delpozo Delpozo
Gucci Gucci
Thakoon Thakoon
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Delpozo Delpozo
Oscar de la Renta Oscar de la Renta
Prada Prada
Valentino Valentino
ILINKA Collection ILINKA Collection
Giambattista Valli Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli Giambattista Valli
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce & Gabbana
Balmain Balmain
Wes Gordon Wes Gordon
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

If These Walls Could Talk

From flooding the courtyard with 4 feet of water to recreate Venice for a millionaire’s “Gondala Party” in the late 1800s, to being London’s first hotel lit with electricity – The Savoy has been around. Their rooms have been graced with the presence of everyone who’s anyone from the worlds of fashion, music, film, science and politics.

Brief History: The Savoy was the first luxury hotel in Britain and is known as “London’s most famous hotel” still to this day. Built by impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, it was the first in the Savoy group of hotels and restaurants to open its doors on August 6, 1889. Curious for a more in depth historical read? Look here.

And now, a visual tour of iconic moments and people at the Savoy…

Fred Astaire dancing on the roof of the Savoy with his sister and dancing partner Adele Fred Astaire dancing on the roof of the Savoy with his sister and dancing partner Adele
Albert Einstein and George Bernard Shaw attend dinner at the Savoy, October 1930 Albert Einstein and George Bernard Shaw attend dinner at the Savoy, October 1930
Audrey Hepburn at a "My Fair Lady" Press Reception, 1965 Audrey Hepburn at a "My Fair Lady" Press Reception, 1965
Ava Gardner at a press reception, 1955 Ava Gardner at a press reception, 1955
The Savoy Ballroom, 1910 The Savoy Ballroom, 1910
Savoy Cabaret Show, 1940 Savoy Cabaret Show, 1940
Brigitte Bardot Brigitte Bardot
Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando, 1967 Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando, 1967
Savoy Cocktail Book Cover Savoy Cocktail Book Cover
Savoy Band Leader, Geraldo with his Tango and Rumba Orchestra, 1932 Savoy Band Leader, Geraldo with his Tango and Rumba Orchestra, 1932
Demis Rousos and Jessica Lange, 1976 Demis Rousos and Jessica Lange, 1976
Jane Fonda Jane Fonda
American Golfer, Robert Tyre on the Savoy roof American Golfer, Robert Tyre on the Savoy roof
Jimmy Stewart at a press reception, 1943 Jimmy Stewart at a press reception, 1943
Marilyn Monroe, 1956 Marilyn Monroe, 1956
John Wayne and a Savoy Paige Boy John Wayne and a Savoy Paige Boy
Bob Dylan at a press conference, 1966 Bob Dylan at a press conference, 1966
Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall
Savoy's first electric lift Savoy's first electric lift
Christian Dior after a fashion parade, April 25, 1950 Christian Dior after a fashion parade, April 25, 1950
Marlon Brando, 1967 Marlon Brando, 1967
Lee Radziwill, 1967 Lee Radziwill, 1967
Mick Jagger and Bianca, 1973 Mick Jagger and Bianca, 1973
Queen Elizabeth at the Flower Ball, 1951 Queen Elizabeth at the Flower Ball, 1951
Romy Schneider, 1964 Romy Schneider, 1964
The Rolling Stones, 1964 The Rolling Stones, 1964
Valentino by Patrick Lichfield, 1968 Valentino by Patrick Lichfield, 1968
Billy Butlin's Pet Leopard outside the Savoy Billy Butlin's Pet Leopard outside the Savoy
Sophia Loren at the Savoy, 1965 Sophia Loren at the Savoy, 1965
Man on the roof of the Savoy circa 1937 Man on the roof of the Savoy circa 1937
Vintage Savoy Hotel Luggage Label Vintage Savoy Hotel Luggage Label

Super Comeback

One of our favourite bespoke requests thus far was a Superman monogrammed pillow. We loved it so much we keep one in our studio on display; because let’s be honest – Superheroes remain cool at any age. Stella and Anya seem to agree too…

Superhero-Style-Vogue
IC Monogrammed Pillowcase IC Monogrammed Pillowcase
Anya Hindmarch Sticker Anya Hindmarch Sticker
Andy and Nico, Esquire, 1967 Andy and Nico, Esquire, 1967
Raquel Welch Raquel Welch
Superhero Inspired Nike Superhero Inspired Nike
Stella McCartney Superhero Clutch Stella McCartney Superhero Clutch

A League of Their Own

Feeling sporty? Tommy Hilfiger was on the Autumn/Winter 2015 runway in NYC last week; joining in on the team spirit with the likes of Saint Laurent, Maison Martin Margiela, Rochas and Stella McCartney. We personally love a classic varsity letter (possibly because it reminds us of the ‘good old days’?!). Not to mention our current obsession is the Detroit based brand Shinola, who just opened a store in London that inspires us to take up sports pronto…

PS: Don’t we all need a Varsity Letter Pillow?

Tommy Hilfiger Limited-Edition Fall 2015 Designs to Celebrate 30th Anniversary Tommy Hilfiger Limited-Edition Fall 2015 Designs to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
Shinola Bespoke Bat Shinola Bespoke Bat
Shinola Bespoke Leather Football Shinola Bespoke Leather Football
Tommy Hilfiger Limited-Edition Fall 2015 Designs Tommy Hilfiger Limited-Edition Fall 2015 Designs
Gisele Bündchen in the Chanel No. 5 campaign Gisele Bündchen in the Chanel No. 5 campaign
Varsity Jacket Chic Varsity Jacket Chic
Maison Martin Margiela Varsity Jacket Maison Martin Margiela Varsity Jacket
Coach Baseball Collection Coach Baseball Collection
ILINKA Collection Monogrammed Varsity Letter Pillow ILINKA Collection Monogrammed Varsity Letter Pillow
Jill Sanders Varsity Letter Sweatshirts, Pre-Fall 2012 Jill Sanders Varsity Letter Sweatshirts, Pre-Fall 2012
Varsity Letter Wall Lights, Christoph Niemann featured on The Selby Varsity Letter Wall Lights, Christoph Niemann featured on The Selby
Barbara's Sweater, The Way We Were Barbara's Sweater, The Way We Were
Saint Laurent Teddy Jacket Saint Laurent Teddy Jacket
Vintage Cheerleading Jacket Vintage Cheerleading Jacket
Rochas Varsity Socks, Spring/Summer 2015 Rochas Varsity Socks, Spring/Summer 2015
Rochas Varsity Henley Pullover Rochas Varsity Henley Pullover
Varsity-Letters-Selection
Hermès Fall 2010 Hermès Fall 2010
Stella McCartney Varsity Jacket Stella McCartney Varsity Jacket
New Balance 420 Shoes New Balance 420 Shoes
Varsity Letter Sock + Andy Warhol's Converse Varsity Letter Sock + Andy Warhol's Converse
Varsity Letter Sweatshirt Varsity Letter Sweatshirt

It’s the Simple Things

Robert Doisneau captured everyday moments as if he had perfectly staged them himself. He’s known especially for his beautiful images of Paris in the 1950s. We love how he found beauty, compassion and humour in the simplest of things. As Robert put it – “I had fun throughout my lifetime, building my own small theatre” – and we continue to enjoy his stories to this day. We recommend the book, Robert Doisneau, by Jean Claude Gautrand for further inspiration…

Robert-Doisneau--Bebop-cellar,-Vieux-Colombier,--Paris,-1951
Depart-en-vacacens-1959-by-Robert-Doisneau
Robert-Doisneau-wedding-drinks
Le-Café-de-Flore,-Paris-1945----by-Robert-Doisneau
Paris-by-Robert-Doisneau.
RD-umbrella
RD
Robert-Doisneau-Optician-Shop,-Paris,-1967--
Robert-Doisneau---Le-Combat-du-Centaur,-1971
Robert-Doisneau---Le-vin-frais,-1970
Robert-Doisneau---Paris-1953
Robert-Doisneau--Le-Baiser-de-l¹Opera,-1950
Robert-Doisneau-Paris-Couple
Robert-Doisneau--Liberation-of-Paris--Août-1944
Robert-doisneau-'hairdressers-in-the-sun'-(1966)
Robert-Doisneau-beach
Robert-Doisneau-Roller-Skating-in-Paris,-1950s
Robert-Doisneau-Le-remorqueur-du-Champs-de-Mars.-Paris-(1943)
Robert-Doisneau-Le-violoncelle-sous-la-pluie.-Paris-(1957)
Robert-Doisneau-Les-tabliers-de-la-rue-de-Rivoli.-Paris-(1978)
Robert-Doisneau-Les-petites-filles-du-bateau.-Isola-di-Ré.-France-(1961)
Robert-Doisneau,-Growing-Up
Robert-Doisneau,-Picasso,-ca.-1950
Robert Doisneau, Self-Portrait, 1947 Robert Doisneau, Self-Portrait, 1947
Robert Doisneau, by Peter Hamilton Robert Doisneau, by Peter Hamilton

Sweet Sensations

Who doesn’t love some chocolate on their pillow? It’s not an everyday occurrence, but on a day like today, we feel especially deserving of something sweet. Here are our top chocolates that not only taste divine, but look cool too…

Amelia Rope Amelia Rope
Bessermachen Design Studio, Denmark Bessermachen Design Studio, Denmark
Neapolitain Bar, Chocolate Editions. Neapolitain Bar, Chocolate Editions.
Chocolat Factory Ruiz + Company, Spain Chocolat Factory Ruiz + Company, Spain
Bonnard Macaroons, Mexico Bonnard Macaroons, Mexico
Chocolates with Attitudes, Bessermachen Design Studio, Denmark Chocolates with Attitudes, Bessermachen Design Studio, Denmark
Compartés Chocolate Compartés Chocolate
Rococo Hot Lips Chilli Truffles and Red Lips Rococo Hot Lips Chilli Truffles and Red Lips
Krystall Chocolate Bar Krystall Chocolate Bar
Omnom Chocolate, Iceland Omnom Chocolate, Iceland
My Sweets, Tithi Kutchamuch My Sweets, Tithi Kutchamuch
Pierre Marcolini, Olympia le Tan Eyes Chocolate Box Pierre Marcolini, Olympia le Tan Eyes Chocolate Box
Mast Brothers Chocolate Mast Brothers Chocolate
Simply Chocolate, Copenhagen Simply Chocolate, Copenhagen
Graffiti Toffee, Un Elefante, Mexico Graffiti Toffee, Un Elefante, Mexico
Trio Pollock, Un Elefante, Mexico Trio Pollock, Un Elefante, Mexico
Un Elefante, Mexico Un Elefante, Mexico

Bow Time

That special day (for some) is almost here and a plethora of people (lets just be honest its mainly ladies) are waiting for a pretty package all wrapped in a bow. We felt some bow inspiration brewing and created our own little mood board for the occasion…

ILINKA Collection Sateen Baby Pillows ILINKA Collection Sateen Baby Pillows
Jeff Koons Jeff Koons
Cor Sine Labe Doli Ceramic Bow Ties Cor Sine Labe Doli Ceramic Bow Ties
1970s Tiffany & Co. Brooch 1970s Tiffany & Co. Brooch
Bow Tie by Andy Warhol Bow Tie by Andy Warhol
Moschino Coca Cola Moschino Coca Cola
Minnie Mouse Minnie Mouse
Vintage Chanel Black Satin Bow Hair Clip Vintage Chanel Black Satin Bow Hair Clip
Graffiti Bow Graffiti Bow
Bow Chic, Channeling YSL Bow Chic, Channeling YSL
Catherine Deneuve, 1960s Catherine Deneuve, 1960s
Dior Bow Ring Dior Bow Ring
Jeff Koons Sacred Heart Jeff Koons Sacred Heart
Vintage Hermes Gloves Vintage Hermes Gloves
Ladurée Coeur Ispahan Ladurée Coeur Ispahan
Saint Laurent Leather Triple Bow Tie Saint Laurent Leather Triple Bow Tie
Vintage Mid-Century Bow Tie Lucite Chairs Vintage Mid-Century Bow Tie Lucite Chairs
Prada Prada
Vintage YSL Vintage YSL
Brass Bow Tie Chair Brass Bow Tie Chair
Marie Pergay Ribbon Pouf Marie Pergay Ribbon Pouf

Little Letters

There’s something sweet about monograms for a little one. Whether its a gift or for your own child, we can create almost anything one can imagine to make a child’s bedding and bath towels extra special for them. Some of our most recent projects have included varsity letters, superheroes, fairytale stories and twinkling stars…

Alexia
Fairies
AB
Good-Morning-ABC
Superman
Varsity
Letter-M
Monogrammed-N-Towel

Maison Love

Finally, we made our way to the recently opened Maison Assouline where quite simply we fell in love. Perfectly placed in Piccadilly and steps from the Royal Academy, it features a glowing bar, stunning new furniture collection, vintage books + furniture, and walls of beautifully curated shelves filled with Assouline treasures. The sales staff are beyond helpful and inviting; including the charming Paolo, Assouline’s in-house binder, who can create bespoke book covers for any Assouline gem of your choice; or, something completely original upon request. Now, if we can just decide on what book to bind…

Photo-Jan-29,-1-18-50-PM
Maison Assouline Bar Maison Assouline Bar
Assouline Embroidered Book Bag Assouline Embroidered Book Bag
Photo-Jan-29,-12-38-05-PM
Limited Edition Assouline Books Limited Edition Assouline Books
Assouline Interiors Assouline Interiors
Assouline Interiors 'High Society Bookcase' Assouline Interiors 'High Society Bookcase'
Assouline Interiors Assouline Interiors
Assouline Interiors 'Allure Coffee Table' Assouline Interiors 'Allure Coffee Table'
Assouline Interiors Fabric Samples Assouline Interiors Fabric Samples
Assouline Interiors 'Allure Bookstand' Assouline Interiors 'Allure Bookstand'
Assouline Interiors 'High Society' Desk and Chair Assouline Interiors 'High Society' Desk and Chair
Assouline Interiors Antiques Assouline Interiors Antiques
Vintage Pierre Cardin Bar Table Vintage Pierre Cardin Bar Table
View from the Mezzanine View from the Mezzanine
Book Binding Samples Book Binding Samples
Paolo, Assouline's Binder at work Paolo, Assouline's Binder at work
Latest Purchase - 'Dinner Diaries' Latest Purchase - 'Dinner Diaries'
Assouline Shopping Bag Assouline Shopping Bag
Assouline Gift Wrap with Wax Seal Assouline Gift Wrap with Wax Seal
Street View Street View