Just arrived in London St. Pancras station and 4 tube stops later, I’m on Piccadilly Circus, 2 minutes walk from the Sofitel Saint James located away from the crowd, in a little place that I didn’t know. The hotel is housed in an heritage building: a former imposing bank with incredibly high ceilings! After a warm welcome at reception desk by a French-English bilingual staff, I discover my room: simple, elegant and spacious, in a range of black, white and brown. Lovely bathroom with the old faucet and tiled black and white checkered. What a pity amenities are limited to one soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner … all Hermès okay! But for short stays, to lighten my bag I bring the bare minimum like a mini make-up and cleanser, because I usually find everything else in the room. Damned, this time I didn’t take my toothbrush, toothpaste nor body cream (LOL!): thankfully Boots is in Piccadilly Circus! Otherwise leaving my room with its so cozy vibe and “you’re in London Baby!” exotic view (picture 3) and comfortable king size bed, is a huge challenge my dear (lol)! Photo 4: a regressive wallpaper in the entrance to the room (picture 4). And for lasting this cozy atmosphere, a breakfast full of vitamins at the beautiful Balcon, the relaxed chic brasserie of the hotel (pictures 6 & 7). Too hard to leave it to go to my meetings! Picture 5: amazing chandelier ceiling of a hotel suite.
Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2013, tous droits réservés.
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Crazy rythm last friday between Paris-Brussels and Antwerp. I jumped on the Thalys (express train between Paris and brussels) and sat next to me : Christian Lacroix himself! Wow… I rush to the Grand Sablon, for the Costermans by Gérald Watelet‘s press presentation. For the second consecutive year, Gérald Watelet, the Belgian former couturier puts on the costume of an “assemblier” (a shopfitter) to collaborate with Costermans, a famous antique dealer. I’m late. Damned, Gérald doesn’t remember our interview at the Belgian TV transmission, Sans Chichi, where he is playing a chef! He’s also a fantastic cooker. Here a quick sample of rooms decorated by Gérald Watelet, with the furniture mocked by Arnaud Jaspar-Costermans. It’s open to the public for free. Picture above : the “wallpaper” that’s not a wallpaper, is an unique composition directly drawn with crayons on the walls by Julien Colombier, a French young artist who worked for Chanel. Picture 2 : Gérald Watelet in the “70′s-80′s” room. Pictures 3 & 4 : the room with the great exotic wallpaper, next to the big window transformed in a lush conservatory. Awsome! Picture 5 : Arnaud Jaspar-Costermans.
Costermans : Grand Sablon 5, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, T. 02 512 21 33, www.costermans-antiques.com
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