Fine Print: London Designer Anouska Hempel

London-based designer Anouska Hempel (also known as Lady Weinberg) has had a very large career. Hempel, who I’m guessing has a flamboyant personality, was born Anne Geisler. She started out as a New Zealand actress before becoming a hotelier, interior designer, and London society fixture.

She has established four hotels and designed numerous restaurants and retail spaces, including six Van Cleef & Arpels stores and the Louis Vuitton flagship in Paris. She’s also designed two yachts, English gardens, and haute couture for Princess Diana.

The book, written by Marcus Binney, is beautiful, with over 400 photographs of Anouska Hempel’s interiors, architecture, and gardens.

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Rizzoli sent me a copy of Anouska Hempel, which is appropriately placed on my Heywood Wakefield coffee table next to a beach stone tower and my Cathy Moynihan bird sculpture.

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Photo by Marina Faust

A house at Salzburg in the half-light of dawn.

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Photo by Adrian Houston

The basement bar of Anouska Hempel’s first hotel, Blakes London. Note the massive Louis Vuitton trunk and nautical-style cushion in Hermes orange.

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Photo by Simon Mack

A pair of free-standing lattice screens divides the kitchen from the dining table at Anouska Hempel’s London hotel La Suite West. The interior has a minimalist Japanese feel.

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Photo courtesy of The Hempel

The Lion’s Cage suite at The Hempel Hotel. Each of the 40 rooms and 10 apartments had a minimalistic Zen design, done all in pale woods and whites. The hotel was a favorite of Victoria Beckham and Michael Jackson. It was sold a couple of years ago and is now closed.

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Photo courtesy of The Hempel

A kimono on a wall at The Hempel.

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The attic bedroom at Anouska Hempel’s country house, Cole Park, an historic manor with a moat west of London.

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Anouska Hempel

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Anouska Hempel, Rizzoli (December 2014)

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Get the Look: 16 Round Jute Rugs

Fresh off a wicker roundup in the Boston Globe (I can’t believe they didn’t go with my “Wickah Smaht” headline) and following up on yesterday’s 18 Rooms with Round Jute Rugs, I’ve pulled together a collection of round jute rugs (or hemp, or other natural fibers), most of them lacey.

These round jute rugs are intricate but rough, with a ton of tactile appeal. They’re great for entry halls and beach houses or other high traffic situations, or just to add a layer of texture in a neutral room. You can also hang a swirly jute rug on the wall, above a sofa, a bookshelf, or a bed as large, easy, and affordable adornment.

I’m kind of in love with number 3, the fantastical Heenalu jute rug (yes, I realize that one’s not a round jute rug, but I had to include it). Number 8 is fun too, though probably a bit on the boho side for me. Number 7 from Serena & Lily is neat and tidy, and Number 14 comes with a fluorescent pink border too, though I’m not sure if they ship to the States.

Temps have been above 40 in Boston, so I figure it’s time to start thinking about summer decor. I think straw, sisal, wicker, rattan, jute, hemp, and the like can have a place if used sparingly and originally. We can start by checking out round jute rugs.

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S H O P P I N G

1 Foldable Seagrass Matting, $26.99 at World Market.

2 Daisy Weave Hemp Rug by Armadillo & Co., $250 at Garde.

3 Heenalu Jute Rug, $299 at CB2.

4 Dandelion Weave Hemp Rug by Armadillo & Co., $595 at Garde.

5 Jute Area Rug by Acura Rugs, $124.99 at Wayfair.

6 Kennis Jute Rug, $149.95 at Pier1.

7 Round Jute Rug, starting at $125 at Serena & Lily.

8 Marigold Weave Hemp Rug by Armadillo & Co., $650 at Garde.

9 Round Seagrass Matting, $8.99 at World Market.

10 Round Natural Fiber Jute Hand Crocheted Rug, $54.99 on eBay.

11 Color Bordered Round Jute Rug, $249 at West Elm.

12 Woody Wood Rug by Yvette Laduk, €399 at FEST Amsterdam.

13 Lacey Natural Fiber Floor Mat, $24.95 at H&M.

14 Handwoven Round Hemp Rug With Colored Border by HK Living.

15 Kerala Natural Round Jute Rug by Anji Mountain, $67.99 at Wayfair.

16 Habeland Braided Crochet Rug by Hable Construction at Capel Rugs.

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Montage: 18 Rooms with Lacey Round Jute Rugs

Earlier this year I met Boston-based prop stylist Kara Butterfield for hot chocolate at Burdick’s off Newbury Street. (Best hot chocolate ever. Like sludge.) It had been a while since Kara and I connected at any events. I always enjoy Kara’s company, but this meeting was extra excellent because we took a little excursion right across Clarendon street to H&M.

I hadn’t realized that as part of the H&M store remodel last summer that they added home goods. I’ve been admiring H&M Home items online for a while now, so I was really excited. Sure enough, I went crazy, snapping up several hundred dollars worth of pink and grey and copper accessories for the model apartment I’m decorating at Troy Boston this spring.

Kara, who has impeccable taste, admired lacey round jute floor mats, musing that one could easily sew them together to create a larger area rug. Indeed. I wasn’t far along in the design process so left them behind, and of course now they are gone.

On the Cape we  have two celadon green jute bouclé rugs from West Elm, which are great for the subtle wash of color, added texture, and durability. Normally I’m not one to lust after natural fiber rugs, although I know many designers consider sisal rugs a must-have for beach house decor.

Since our jaunt to H&M, I’ve been noticing round jute rugs in interiors all over the place online, and have come to appreciate them more, especially the flower-like ones. After tracking down the first few, I’ve noticed that many lacey, round hemp rugs by Armadillo & Co., which makes the most divine flower-inspired styles. You’ll see many examples of them below.

Browse these 18 rooms with lacey round jute rugs, and tomorrow check back for a round jute rug buying guide.

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Armadillo & Co. Marigold jute rug in the Melbourne, Australia home
of stylist Simone Haag, decorated with help from Hecker Guthrie
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Rylo Interiors

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Round hemp rug with border from home furnishings company HK Living.

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Melbourne-based lifestyle brand Hunting for George.

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Entry hall with round jute Dandelion rug by Armadillo & Co.
in the home of  Melbourne-based Canvas Home designer Sarah Quin.
Photo by Brooke Holm  •  The Design Files

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Woody Wood Rug by FEST Amsterdam designed by Yvette Laduk.

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Armadillo & Co. Marigold Flower jute rug in Brisbane, Australia home of
prop stylist and interiors photographer Kara Rosenlund.
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Armadillo & Co. Daisy Flower Rug

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Round hemp rug with pink border from HK Living.

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Round grey jute rug at San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos.

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Jute rug with  FEST Amsterdam Avenue sofa and Myato side table.

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Lacey natural jute rug as a wall hanging above the bed.
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Daisy Flower natural jute rug from Armadillo & Co. Junior Collection.

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Daisy Flower jute rug with pastels from Armadillo & Co. Junior Collection.

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DIY Sisal Rope Wall Hanging Project  •  Design Sponge

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Armadillo & Co. Geranium jute rug in home on Formentera, Spain
belonging to stylist Daniela Cavestany + photographer Jordi Canosa.

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Armadillo & Co. Geranium jute rug in home on Formentera, Spain
belonging to stylist Daniela Cavestany + photographer Jordi Canosa.

The stylish home of Kate Sparks with a lovely kids room featuring our Cloud pillows, Fine Little Day blanket and Pear poster. via Adore

 Lacey flower jute rug in Sydney, Australia home belonging to
Little Dwellings interior designer Kate Sparks.
Photo by Hannah Blackmore  •  Adore Home

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ARTmonday: That Elusive Woman—Sourcing Statement Photos For Troy Boston

At the end of January I posted color inspiration—a blush & charcoal color palette—for a model apartment that I’ll be decorating. The apartment is in a new building that’s still under construction called Troy Boston in Boston’s SoWa neighborhood, right by the the other new building with Boston apartments, Ink Block, and the giant new Whole Foods. (My husband got lost in there recently; says it’s fantastic.)

Troy Boston is one of a number of new buildings with Boston apartments (there are also a couple in the Fenway) slated to have a LEED Gold rating; that mean’s it will be officially “green.” I’ve been to the construction site twice now (complete with hard hat). These Boston apartments are small but beautiful, with a loft-like feel. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, pale oak flooring, and cerused oak and lacquer cabinetry.

The model apartment I’m decorating is a 469-square-foot studio on the 14th floor. It’s got lots of sun, a sleek grey bathroom, and grey kitchen, which runs along one side of the room. I’ve been putting together collage-y room layout mockups (as a non-designer I have no idea how to use interior design software), and measured last week. Fingers crossed I did so accurately.

No surprise, my favorite aspect of decorating is curating the artwork for the walls. I have a definite idea of what I want, and am excited to include works by artist friends Lee Essex Doyle, Tess Atkinson, and Grace Hopkins. Linda Cordner is another local Boston artist whose work I hope to hang, as she generously offered up a large encaustic in my blush and grey color palette.

Above the sofa in the main living space I will hang a collection of photography and paintings. I want to include a statement artwork of a partially obscured woman; a moody portrait/fashion-y lifestyle photograph, preferably with a hint of copper or mustard, which will be the accent for the pink and grey scheme color scheme. I fell hard for the first photo below by Nhu Xuan Hua and contacted her agency, but the cost would eat up half my total budget.

I’ve concluded that will likely be the case for many of the images I’ve discovered, as most seem to have been shot professionally for au courant magazines. Given my limited budget, I need to find artists who would like to loan their artwork in exchange for exposure and publicity (of which there should be plenty). Given the other work I will be using hails from New England, I have decided that all the artwork I use will be created by local women artists.

I think I’ve identified the replacement for that initial inspiration piece. In the meantime, here are the photographs I’ve found that I’d most like to use in the model apartment. Some are internationally known talents, others are New England artists in varying stages of their careers. I love every single one of them, and am hoping to secure at least one or two for the Troy Boston project, which I also hope will be a well-curated showcase featuring New England artists who all happen to be women.

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Nhu Xuan Hua

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Jamie Hawkesworth

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Alicia Savage

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Jennilee Marigomen

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Anastasia Cazabon

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Davis Ayer

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Cig Harvey

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Kasia Bobula

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Annija Muižule

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Billy Nava

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Caroline Moore/sixhours

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Frederik Vercruysse

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Helen Sear

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Naho Kubota

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Caylon Hackwith

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Todd Jordan

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Jüergen Teller

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Anastasia Cazabon

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Rhi Ellis

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Alicia Savage

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Sunday Bouquet: Dahlias & Gilt

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Photo by The Cherry Blossom Girl

Purple dahlias in a gold column vase on the mantle
in the atelier of Paris designer Maria Lucia Hohan.

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