Game Time

Cards are are having a come back. It’s the new dinner party thing to do with good friends, cocktails and a deck (or 2) of cards to inject some good old fashioned competitive spirit into the evening. They also make a chic hostess gift (along with our monogrammed cocktail napkins!).  Take a look at some of our favourites below…

PS: Our usual go-to games are Spades and Gin Rummy…Good Luck!

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Vintage Hermes Cards Vintage Hermes Cards
Florence Broadhurst Cards Florence Broadhurst Cards
Bohemia Playing Cards Bohemia Playing Cards
Hermes Tarot + Playing Cards Hermes Tarot + Playing Cards
Vintage Hermes Joker Card Vintage Hermes Joker Card
Lanvin Playing Cards Lanvin Playing Cards
Hip Hop Playing Cards Hip Hop Playing Cards
Mondrian Inspired Typographic Cards Mondrian Inspired Typographic Cards
by Lauren Mae Oswald by Lauren Mae Oswald
Simultané Playing Cards designed by Sonia Delaunay Simultané Playing Cards designed by Sonia Delaunay
Smythson Cards Smythson Cards
Vintage Tiffany & Co. Monogrammed Cards Vintage Tiffany & Co. Monogrammed Cards
Louis Vuitton Cards Louis Vuitton Cards
Vintage Cali Cards Vintage Cali Cards
Alexander Wang Cards Alexander Wang Cards
Vintage Hermes designed by Cassandre, 1948 Vintage Hermes designed by Cassandre, 1948
Vintage Hermes Vintage Hermes
LA Cube Cards by Sisters of LA LA Cube Cards by Sisters of LA

Wild Dining

Baby, its cold outside and sadly al fresco dining is a rarity in London. Any place that brings the outdoors in is our friend this time of the year. Winter weekends at Petersham Nurseries in it’s enchanting green house dining room with trees climbing up to the glass top roof, and our boots touching the (surprisingly very clean) earth covered floor are extra special. Whether its a cozy solarium, green house or exotic dining room we love all places implanting us on a journey into the wild…

Petersham Nurseries in Richmond Petersham Nurseries in Richmond
Petersham Nurseries Petersham Nurseries
Château de Vallin, France Château de Vallin, France
El Pais Semanal, Lorenzo Castillo El Pais Semanal, Lorenzo Castillo
Green House Dining Green House Dining
India Jane Birley's Marrakech House India Jane Birley's Marrakech House
Kenneth Jay Lane, 1973 Kenneth Jay Lane, 1973
Kenneth Jay Lane Kenneth Jay Lane
Green House Green House
Moroccan Dining Moroccan Dining
Oscar de la Renta, Connecticut Home, 1986 Oscar de la Renta, Connecticut Home, 1986
Piero Castellini, House & Garden Piero Castellini, House & Garden
Tony Duquette Tony Duquette
Pierre Berge's Paris Dining Room Pierre Berge's Paris Dining Room
Indoor Garden Indoor Garden
Shoreditch House, London Shoreditch House, London
Tropical Birds Mural, by Pablo Piatti Tropical Birds Mural, by Pablo Piatti
De Gournay Wallpaper De Gournay Wallpaper

Très Chic Catroux

François and Betty Catroux are chic. We know ‘chic’ is a word used often, however with these two they are the definition. Betty’s natural beauty and charisma charmed the likes of YSL (he called her his twin) and Tom Ford. Her husband, François is a renowned French interior designer who curates the perfect landscapes and interiors for them to dwell. Together they make being stylish and ‘chic’ seem effortless. Their Paris flat and country house in Provence are proof…

François and Betty Catroux in their Paris flat, 1974 François and Betty Catroux in their Paris flat, 1974
François and Betty, 1970 François and Betty, 1970
François and Betty in their Paris Flat François and Betty in their Paris Flat
Coffee Tables in Paris Flat Coffee Tables in Paris Flat
Paris Flat Paris Flat
Paris Flat Living Room Paris Flat Living Room
Paris Flat Paris Flat
Provence Country House Provence Country House
Provence Country House Kitchen Provence Country House Kitchen
Provence Country House Bedroom Provence Country House Bedroom
Provence Country House Living Room Provence Country House Living Room
Provence Country House Dining Room Provence Country House Dining Room
Provence Country House Dining Provence Country House Dining
Provence Country House Sitting Room Provence Country House Sitting Room
Provence Country House Patio Provence Country House Patio
Provence Country House Garden Provence Country House Garden
François and Betty on their Wedding Day François and Betty on their Wedding Day
Cap Ferrat, 1968 Cap Ferrat, 1968
YSL, Pierre Bergé, François & Betty, 1969 YSL, Pierre Bergé, François & Betty, 1969
Betty, YSL & Loulou de la Falaise, 1969 Betty, YSL & Loulou de la Falaise, 1969

Watercolour Wonder

We recently stumbled upon Elizabeth Hoopes’ enchanting “Room Portraits” that Eleanor Brown, founder of McMillen, Inc., one of New York’s most renowned interior decoration firms, made well known when she discovered Hoopes in the early 1930s. Hoopes was a student and instructor at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons The New School for Design) in New York and Paris, and specialised in watercolor interior design renderings with an impressionist style that are worthy of celebrating still to this day…

Joseph Reed's Dining Room, 1961 Joseph Reed's Dining Room, 1961
Mrs. Henry Ford II's Bedroom Mrs. Henry Ford II's Bedroom
Design for McMillen Inc. Design for McMillen Inc.
Eleanor McMillen Brown's Living Room Eleanor McMillen Brown's Living Room
Raymond Guest's NYC Apartment, 1936 Raymond Guest's NYC Apartment, 1936
Mr. & Mrs. J. Mauze's Chippendale Cabinet Mr. & Mrs. J. Mauze's Chippendale Cabinet
House & Garden Cover House & Garden Cover
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ford II's Library Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ford II's Library
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ford II's Drawing Room Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ford II's Drawing Room
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Dillon's Dining Room Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Dillon's Dining Room
Dining Room Design Dining Room Design
Meriweather Post's Icon Room, 1961 Meriweather Post's Icon Room, 1961

Vanity Fair

There’s something so elegant and glamourous about a chic vanity…

Vanity from the film 'A Single Man' Vanity from the film 'A Single Man'
Japanese Vanity Japanese Vanity
Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks
Stork Club Powder Room, 1944, LIFE Magazine Stork Club Powder Room, 1944, LIFE Magazine
Gramercy Park Hotel Powder Room Gramercy Park Hotel Powder Room
Monica Vitti Monica Vitti
Powder Room at Loulou's London Powder Room at Loulou's London
Coco Chanel's Vanity, The Ritz Paris Coco Chanel's Vanity, The Ritz Paris
Colleen Moore, 1929 Colleen Moore, 1929
David Bowie David Bowie
Lucite Vanity Lucite Vanity
Diana Vreeland's Dressing Table Diana Vreeland's Dressing Table
Frida's Dresser, My Face Reflected, by Emmy Lou Packard Frida's Dresser, My Face Reflected, by Emmy Lou Packard
Cary Grant Cary Grant
Vintage Vanity Vintage Vanity
Carolina Herrera's Dressing Table Carolina Herrera's Dressing Table
Aerin Lauder's Dressing Table Aerin Lauder's Dressing Table
Carrie's Dressing Table, Sex and the City Carrie's Dressing Table, Sex and the City
C.Z. Guest's Dressing Table C.Z. Guest's Dressing Table

Après Ski Charm

After a recent New Year’s trip to Switzerland, we fell in love all things après ski. There is something special about retreating to the lodge on the mountain after a morning of skiing to sit on a beautifully set terrace overlooking the Alps on a bright, crystal clear day. Drinking mulled wine and eating french fries and Raclette, while gazing across the gorgeous snow capped mountains with the fresh air and warm sun on your face = Pure bliss! Whether its a beautiful winter tablescape, sporting a vintage ski sweater or trekking through the snow in chic après ski boots (our latest obsession are from Penelope Chilvers!); here’s to all things ski cool…

Ski Chalet Dining Ski Chalet Dining
The Chedi, Andermatt - Tablescape by Fiona Leahy The Chedi, Andermatt - Tablescape by Fiona Leahy
Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn
Penelope Chilvers Après Ski Boots Penelope Chilvers Après Ski Boots
Winter Tablescape Winter Tablescape
Après Ski Dining Après Ski Dining
Valentino's Après Ski Tablescape Valentino's Après Ski Tablescape
Après Ski Dining in Verbier Après Ski Dining in Verbier
Vintage Ski Sweater Vintage Ski Sweater
Ann Bonfoey Taylor Ann Bonfoey Taylor
'The Great Fur Caravan' by Diana Vreeland, US Vogue October 1966 'The Great Fur Caravan' by Diana Vreeland, US Vogue October 1966
Vintage Ski Fashion Vintage Ski Fashion
Retro Ski Wear Retro Ski Wear
60's Ski Wear 60's Ski Wear
Verbier, 1964, shot by Aaron Slims Verbier, 1964, shot by Aaron Slims
Grace Kelly Grace Kelly
Vintage Ski Vintage Ski

The Life Monogrammed with Wes Anderson

We have a slight obsession with Wes Anderson’s films. The quirky coolness and incredible attention to detail he has is beyond admirable. We’ve even been known to create some ILINKA Collection goodies inspired by his designs. Hope you enjoy this monogram inspiration from our favourite Wes Anderson films as much as we do…

PS: Congrats to Mr. Anderson on his recent Golden Globe for The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is very well deserved!

The Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel "Lobby Boy" Hat The Grand Budapest Hotel "Lobby Boy" Hat
The Grand Budapest Hotel "MENDL'S" Hat The Grand Budapest Hotel "MENDL'S" Hat
The Grand Budapest Hotel Monogrammed Luggage, by Prada The Grand Budapest Hotel Monogrammed Luggage, by Prada
The Grand Budapest Hotel Monogrammed Luggage, by Prada The Grand Budapest Hotel Monogrammed Luggage, by Prada
Moonrise Kingdom Monogrammed Hat Moonrise Kingdom Monogrammed Hat
Moonrise Kingdom Monogrammed Hat Moonrise Kingdom Monogrammed Hat
The Royal Tenenbaums Monogrammed Towel The Royal Tenenbaums Monogrammed Towel
The Darjeeling Limited Luggage, by Louis Vuitton The Darjeeling Limited Luggage, by Louis Vuitton
Castello Cavalcanti, short film for Prada Castello Cavalcanti, short film for Prada
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou "Z" Monogram The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou "Z" Monogram
Hotel Chevalier Monogrammed Robe Hotel Chevalier Monogrammed Robe

Did you know…

It’s a New Year (Happy 2015!) – the time when we reflect on the year before and move forward with the motivation to improve ourselves and live life to the fullest. So…

Did you know you spend 25 years of your life sleeping (mainly in your bed)?

Did you know you spend 1.5 years of your life in the bathroom?

Did you know you spend 3.66 years of your life eating?

It’s amazing how we tend to focus more attention on things like a fancy dress, jewellery or even a dinner out rather than on the personal necessities we use daily. ILINKA Collection specialises in enhancing these daily rituals and changing the way you sleep, dine and bathe – for the better of course. If there is anything that should be personalised and made especially for you we think (and looking at the statistics above one could agree) it should be on the things you use the most.

So what sets ILINKA Collection apart from the rest? We have an extensive interiors background that gives us an eye for colour, attention to detail and a better understanding of how products need to be constructed to not only look beautiful, but also function well. We provide a very personal experience for the client that is hands-on and can offer designs from our existing collections, or create something completely unique for the client. The relationships we have developed with our suppliers and craftspeople across Europe ensure the finest quality product and the best results and service for bespoke creations.

What to do next? Feel free to contact us via email at info@ilinkacollection.com or call +44 (0) 20 7373 3365 to discuss your needs further. New Year = New Bedding!

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Festive Films

It’s that time of the year when nostalgia sets in and certain films bring you back in time in the best of ways. Here are our Top 10 Holiday films presented with a twist – think scenes with robes, PJs, beds and all things ILINKA Collection related…

A Christmas Story A Christmas Story
Miracle on 34th Street Miracle on 34th Street
Bing Crosby's White Christmas Bing Crosby's White Christmas
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
It's a Wonderful Life It's a Wonderful Life
How the Grinch Stole Christmas How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mickey's Christmas Carol Mickey's Christmas Carol
Home Alone Home Alone
Home Alone Home Alone
The Family Man The Family Man
The Holiday The Holiday

Wish List

What to wish for this holiday season?! There are a few things we are in love with and for those who need last minute gift ideas this may be the answer. We’ve been longtime members of Not Another Bill [a monthly gifting service that collaborates with cool designers and brands to create one-of-a-kind products sent directly to your doorstep] and love the idea of their holiday hampers full of goodies! J.Crew flannel PJs are the best. Anything from Madeline Weinrib we adore, especially these gorgeous ikat lacquer boxes. A few goodies from L’Objet, Celine, Diptyque, Joshua Sanders and of course ILINKA Collection. Books of the moment. And we did not forget the men with classic embroidered nautical flag initial ties from NAVIO. Behold, the ILINKA Collection 2014 Holiday Wish List:

 

Anya Hindmarch Letter Stickers Anya Hindmarch Letter Stickers
J.Crew Flannel PJs J.Crew Flannel PJs
Madeline Weinrib Ikat Lacquer Box Madeline Weinrib Ikat Lacquer Box
The Best of Flair The Best of Flair
L'Objet Lapis Vase L'Objet Lapis Vase
Valentino: At the Emperor's Table Valentino: At the Emperor's Table
A Frame for Life by Isle Crawford A Frame for Life by Isle Crawford
Celine Spring 2015 Necklace Celine Spring 2015 Necklace
Not Another Bill Holiday Hamper Not Another Bill Holiday Hamper
ILINKA Collection Beach Towels ILINKA Collection Beach Towels
Diptyque Paysage Photophore Diptyque Paysage Photophore
Dempsey & Carroll Summer Collection Dempsey & Carroll Summer Collection
Joshua Sanders Slip-On Sneakers Joshua Sanders Slip-On Sneakers
NAVIO bespoke ties NAVIO bespoke ties