One of the highlights of my recent trip to London was an afternoon tea at Sketch restaurant, a two-hour delight for the eyes and mouth. As you enter Sketch the Glade room with the bamboo furniture and the wallpaper is really something
but then you enter the hall where the tea is being served, the Gallery, the divine pink room designed by India Mahdavi who set the ideal backdrop for David Shrigley’s artwork all around.
A glass of fine champagne, rosebud infusion tea and a selection of gourmet sandwiches and pastries all served in a pink room -what else could possibly a girl ask for.
Did I mention the eggshape Gattaca inspired toilets?
If you haven’t found out already a new shop’s in town, a cabinet des curiosités where one can find several useful or decorative objects for one’s house and everyday life. The owners, experienced diggers on their field, bring out to the Paraphernalialight special findings from all over Europe, some of them even being one-of pieces.
In love with the chairs and the lamps.
Paris is not known for its yards and terraces but this is not the case with restaurant Derrière, a place with delicious food, a charming terrace and the most inspiring decoration -parisian fusion I would call it- with trimmed Chesterfield sofas,
baroque wallpapers and vintage furniture.
Thanks to my parisian friend Isabelle, I now know the secret door that leads to the smoking sanctuary.
Backstage during a two-day photoshoot in one of those rare old houses of Athens where we got lost in time. I have many more to tell you about that project and the special people that were involved but for the moment I leave you with the followings images.
I first visited Kinsterna boutique hotel when it opened its doors a couple of years ago, during a photoshoot for Vogue Hellas. Last week I payed another visit at this gem of Monemvasia, as a last summer call before we slip into our jumpers and boots and wait for fall (it’s not here yet, thank god). However, Kinsterna is ideal for autumn and winter excursions too, as its medieval architecture, its location up the hill and the rooms equipped with fireplaces, are more than inviting for a relaxing getaway. It is, also, privileged with a great garden and produces its own olive oil and wine, as well as other delicacies with seasonal goods. We tried a fig daquiri and some fig sorbet, both deliciously pure and fresh -it was amazing to watch the bartender walking towards the fig tree with a basket to cut some fruits for our drinks! The flowing water from the ancient stern is the absolute zen, and hotel’s restaurant offers some pretty good dishes, especially for dinner.
Wait, there’s more.
For the wine lovers, Kinsterna announced a tasting weekend between 4 and 6 of October, when Master of wine Constantinos Lazarakis will introduce the guests to the secrets of blind testing. You can find more about Kinsterna’s special offer here.