• Archive for July, 2011

    Life.Style.etc loves the joyous plastic creations of Libuše Niklová

    by  • July 25, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It’s quite difficult to find a quiet spot in Paris, particularly a quiet spot attached to megamuseum The Louvre, but, ah ha, there is the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. I went to see the Hussein Chalayan retrospective and ended up wandering into an exhibition looking at the work of Czech toy designer Libuše Niklová. From the Sixties to the Eighties, she made some seriously cheerful playroom friends. Click through for an outrageously cute lamb and a rather pensive lion.

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    And I thought my bike ride to work was tough…

    by  • July 25, 2011 • Life.Style.etc Loves, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It was hard not to get a little bit emotional at the human endeavour in Paris yesterday, as 160 or so cyclists crossed the finish line of the Tour de France, after 3,430.5km up and down some of Europe’s steepest mountains. Had a tear in my eye, but muscle and lyrca whipping past at 45 miles an hour will do that to a girl. More of the actual reason I was in Paris in the November issue of Livingetc, plus the Hussein Chalayan retrospective and a brilliant exhibition on plastic toys to follow on this here blog…

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    The Grove, Hertfordshire, is a gorgeous place to stay

    by  • July 22, 2011 • Life.Style.etc Loves, Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Where Close to Watford, just half an hour outside London, at the end of the Metropolitan line you’ll find yourself in the luxurious grounds of The Grove.

    The look Super sleek and polished, with plush velvets, gilding and chandeliers that still look cool – we loved spending time in the Blue Room. And if you have any musical leanings, the grand piano is there to be played on.

    USP This summer’s sculpture park is a cut above, with an ambitious collection of art tastefully placed around the immaculate lawns of the old manor house. Wandering around the grounds after a lush buffet lunch in the Glasshouse, we came across some great pieces in surprising places – the Red Rope Ball by Colin Rose sits precariously atop an ancient 80ft tree, Lucy Unwin’s dancing ladies made in steel make a joyful addition to the kitchen garden and Mathew Lane Sanderson’s Lou II is splashed out in the pond.

    While you’re there Don’t miss out on the signature treatment in the Sequoia spa, three and a half blissful hours of exfoliation, honey wrap, massage and facial – we were so relaxed we were horizontal. If you’d rather stay outdoors, the 18-hole golf course is renowned for its exciting layout.


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