People, places, shiny things, tasty things. Here are just a few gorgeous bits of stuff that we’d love to eat/own/be near/drink right now. Please.
1. Deer Damask wallpaper by Barneby Gates
Forget Cole & Son and Osbourne & Little: this new range of quirky, beautiful wallpaper by Vogue’s Living Editor Vanessa Barneby and artist and illustrator Alice Gates is one of our favourite new interiors finds of the year. Quintessentially English – in other words, super-stylish, but with a witty, whimsical edge – other designs include an old school crest design, called Carpe Noctem, which, when you look closer, reveals ladies showing more than you’d expect on a roll of wallpaper, and a delicate butterfly and insect print. Prices start from £65 per roll.
2. An 80s-style Timex watch
We spent far, far, far too long mooching in The Bluebird shop on King’s Road the other day. It doesn’t help that their staff are so bloody charming and helpful. What was meant to be a quick visit after a cup of coffee in the sunshine turned into an epic shopping trip. Like sweeties at the counter, there was a technicolour array of Timex digital watches just where we were paying for our haul of goodies, so we grabbed a handful to match several outfits. Not that the Hublot Big Bang will be gathering dust, but sometimes a splash of colour works beautifully. Priced around £45, depending on the model.
*HOT OFF THE PRESS: look out for pieces by ceramacist supremo Jonathan Adler in The Shop at Bluebird’s new pop-up concession.
The Shop At Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, London
Tel: 020 7351 3873
3. A Nikon Coolpix S1000pj
We’re over-the-moon with our new office camera, the Nikon D90, but for those of us in the team who want to travel light, then we think the addition of the new S1000pj will be perfect for those instantaneous snaps. With a more-than-decent 12.1 megapixels, it is, however, the sleek camera’s built-in projector that has got us very excited indeed. Cue slideshow presentations and impromptu Powerpoint-style shows about our travels wherever a white wall can be found. You lucky people.
4. A trip to Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton’s latest opening sees Lake Tahoe, near San Francisco, at last getting some five star treatment – until now, the only decent place to stay, if you didn’t have friends with lakeside houses, was the excellent Plumpjack Resort in North Lake Tahoe (we’re big fans of the brand here at Resource – some of the best service we’ve ever experienced in a restaurant was at the Plumpjack Café in San Fran).
The 170-room Ritz-Carlton Highlands will offer luxury accommodation all year round, and will boast the must-have alpine service: ski-in, ski-out, as well as ski valet services – basically, lovely gents who help squeeze your feet into your pre-warmed boots, point you down-piste and push you gently off. After a hard day on the piste, be sure to make the most of the hotel’s spa where you’ll have your aching muscles expertly soothed.
The must-book rooms are on the hotel’s Club Level: on a separate floor, you’ll benefit from a relaxed lounge area which serves excellent quality food and drink all day and includes its own concierge.
Opens 9 December 2009
5. A swim in the pool at The Joule
You can’t beat a show-stopping hotel pool, and whilst infinity pools dropping away to the sea offer a sense of calm, we’re rather partial to an open-air pool in the middle of a bustling city – especially when it’s high above the frenetic pace of the metropolis below. Our knees shook a little when we first saw shots of The Joule’s out-there pool. The newly-refurbished hotel in the heart of Dallas, Texas now comes complete with must-be-seen-at rooftop pool, which drops frighteningly away to the streets below. Hold your breath and press your face up against the glass for an interesting view on Dallas’s cityscape. And when things get a little too hot, recline on a lounger and let one of the pool’s attendants spritz you with a cooling lavender spray. Now that’s what we call service.