For my birthday this year I was treated to lunch at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant The Savoy Grill – combing my love of food and interior design, it was the perfect treat. In fact it was on my ’40 things to do before I turn 40′ list, as is having afternoon tea at The Savoy Hotel too – perhaps one for next year. I could write about the food – but I won’t… it’s Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant, he’s brilliant and his food is even better!
My grandfather was the pastry chef at The Savoy Hotel in the 1970’s (I have inherited none of his skill for baking unfortunately) and so it was wonderful to wander around the stunning hotel and see where he once worked. Although The Savoy has recently undergone a multi multi (multi) million pound renovation project to bring it back to its former glory and so it must have looked quite different in the 70s.
Oozing Edwardian and Art Deco glamour you instantly feel like you’re stepping onto a movie set – the lighting, the floor, the panelled walls and silk wallpaper is so elegant. Every room has the most wonderful detailing from the glass dome in the entrance to the hotel (top left picture), to the powder room in the Ladies’ loos (bottom left picture). And there are flowers everywhere, sumptuous orchids spilling out of their vases and pale green and white hydrangeas (my favourite flower).
Want to inject a touch of Art Deco glam into your own home? I’ve taken some inspiration from The Savoy Hotel and created some mood boards below starting with some Art Deco hallway interior ideas:
1. Art Deco console table from Notonthehighstreet.com £630 | 2. Peony Phalaenopsis orchid from John Lewis £65 | 3. 1920s Art Deco print from Notonthehighstreet.com £12 | 4. Geometric Art Deco taper lampshade from Notonthehighstreet.com £129.95 | 5. MacKenzie-Childs Courtly check entrance mat from Amara £152 | 6. MacKenzie-Childs Courtly check enamel pillar candlestick from Amara £104
Add an elegant statement sofa, a stylish chandelier, an art deco mirror as well as some finishing touches et voila – a glamorous art deco living room:
1. Aged sunburst wall mirror from Notonthehighstreet.com £160 | 2. Superfresco Neo wallpaper from Homebase £16.99 | 3. Blue-flowering dwarf Hydrangea from Gardening direct £7.99 | 4. Heal’s 1810 deco trellis cushion by Ottolie Stevenson £65 | 5. Glass teardrop chandelier from Artisanti £1067 | 6. Metal brass tray table from Notonthehighstreet.com £195 | 7. Chloe grey blue Furla button back sofa from Artisanti £977
Great Gatsby style at its best, in this monochrome Art Deco style bathroom. Featuring black and white ceramic tiles in subway format and a decorative fan border.
If you’d like some Art Deco elements in your home, but your budget won’t stretch to buying new furniture – why not add some Art Deco prints to your walls for that touch of 1920’s and 1930’s glamour?
1. Vogue cover – May 1928 from Art.co.uk £92 | 2. Woman with fan from Art.co.uk £44.99 | 3. New York art deco print from Artrepublic £29 | 4. Rhythms 1934 by Robert Delaunay from Artrepublic £77 | 5. 1920s art deco print from Notonthehighstreet.com £12 | 6. Metropolis art deco film print from Notonthehighstreet £12 | 7. Art deco Battersea power station from Saatchi Art $168