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Three Nights In Paris With Princess Fiona By The Luxury Channel

Mama Shelter

It is not all that often that one spends the night with a couple of Ogres, which was what happened to me when I checked into my room at Mama Shelter, which is all about presentation with a unique twist. The Ogres in question were Shrek and Princess Fiona; they were the bedside lights in my room. This quirkiness did not stop at masked bedside lights at this hotel in the Saint Blaise Quarter of Paris; with a quotation-filled lift and syringes drawn on the bar ceiling, this was not a conventional hotel. A collaborative design between architect Roland Castro and uber-designer Philippe Stark, this hotel is for the design conscious eclectic. Based in an area of Paris that doesn’t immediately spring to mind (it’s quite far from the city centre), Mama Shelter is aimed at the traveler who is more Shoreditch or Williamsburg than Mayfair or the Upper East Side.

Mama Shelter

Things that work are the exceptional food, the eloquent and savvy staff, who are styled like trendy young architects in black denim, and the ‘fun chic’ atmosphere that permeates the public areas, both from the decoration and the clientele.

This hotel was on the cusp of pretension with graffiti-ed walls, mismatched furnishings and intentionally dark interiors, but prevented itself from tipping the balance with its quality detailing, such as the satin cotton sheets, in-room iMacs and Wi-Fi capability throughout.

Overall, this hotel has created an intelligent, sometimes clinical, always trendy atmosphere that plays on novelty, but remains seated in the basics of high-quality service and presentation.

Home Stylish Home – Louise Bradley By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets London-based designer Louise Bradley.

Louise Bradley

If you’re stuck in an interior design rut, it’s time to call upon one of the best in the biz, Louise Bradley. She’s outfitted some of the most elegant pads around the world, one peek inside her London showrooms and you’ll see how.

The showrooms in London’s Chelsea are full of beautiful, sleek, elegant designs, using antique mirror, shagreen, Art Deco touches and lots of sexy and sleek purples, silvers and neutrals: we love the comfy sink-into sofas and beautiful shagreen desks, photo frames and bar kit.

Louise Bradley

This isn’t a case of style over substance, Bradley has really thought about practicality and comfort as well as beauty. Feeling overwhelmed by choice? Hand the whole project over to Bradley, she has masterminded spaces for clients the world over and works on commission for full interior design or just individual furnishing. Currently her new bespoke sofa line is premiering at her London flagship in Kimbolton Court. Clients choose from one of five frames, then pick the materials – or have one of the consultants come to your home and help make an informed choice. Turn around is a speedy 4-5 weeks as everything is made in England.

Even if you’re not thinking of redecorating, pop along to enjoy lunch in the café surrounded by beautiful home furnishings – who knows, you might be inspired to change your mind.