Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thinking like Kit Kemp

While visiting London my family stayed at The Haymarket hotel  , designed and owned by Kit Kemp. LOVED IT! What a fabulous place with the most amazing design ideas. The whole experience got me thinking about adding some color to my somewhat neutral home. In the past, when I’ve added anything of substance I get squeamish. I love neutral. I love white, but I also love punches of color in the right places. So, I’ve decided to take it one step at a time as I enter the world of color.

I’ve just added some fabulous blue and white antique platters that I picked up in London (for such a deal) to my black and white living room. It was pretty daring for me. I usually either love something right away or hate it, so I was wondering what would happen. Love it? Hate it? With this addition, I’m just not sure----so, for now they’re staying.

When I left the Haymarket Hotel I had so many ideas of grandeur. Kit uses fabric in the most amazing ways. Certain walls are covered in luxurious fabrics and the pattern is repeated on accent furnishing. For me to even consider attempting this is a huge leap and one that I’m still not sure I’ll take (the blue platter were quite the leap). But, even my contemplation of stepping out of my comfort zone makes me excited. "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…. (I'll let you know if I try!).

The artwork in Haymarket left me awestruck. When you walk into the front lobby there is a massive black and white oil painting --- that actually took my breath away. It was done by a local London artist named Robert Virtue. The use of such a large piece in a moderate sized space works and pulls the entire room together.

In all of the rooms, lighting takes on such a place of importance. Everywhere you look you see pendant fixtures, sconces, and table lamps. In each room you’ll see contrasting elements; vintage and modern, black and yellow, wood and metal, shiny and dull, bold and subtle. One thing I know for sure is that Kit is not afraid to experiment or take chances --- and it always works.

The Haymarket Hotel, made me really want to change things up a bit in my own home (hopefully my husband isn’t reading this) ---- take some chances and experiment. I’m ready to do it….tomorrow!
The two last pictures are of my living room that i've tried to jazz up a bit....