Blending history and Mexican artisan tradition with contemporary design, Ignacia Guest House is a dazzling, multifaceted jewel with its sunset colours and bespoke statenment furniture. The boutique hotel in the heart of Mexico City’s hip Colonia Roma district is the creation of interior designer Andrés Gutiérrez including those amazing cabinets and tables. Time to plan a holiday perhaps?
Originally built as a Tailors called Smith and Hobbs which employed several seamstresses working on the old Singer sewing machines and producing fine quality suits and tweed mostly for the hunting and racing set. A Grade-II listed building, the property was completely restored to its current shape in 2103 by uber-cool Gloucestershire-based salvage and vintage firm Original House. In keeping with the regulations, the exterior had to be kept as close to its original appearance as possible, so a specialist was brought in to strip off the old cladding and replace it. With its new, immaculate coat of corrugated iron, the building has clear visual links to its manufacturing past. The newly-created space, intended to be used both for entertaining and as a guest house, was designed to feel wonderfully cool and contemporary, forming a real contrast between the outside and inside. Feeling far from traditional or fusty, The Old Tailors mixes vintage industrial furniture and lighting with contemporary design and colours, creating a unique salvaged interior topped with freshness and individuality and all the charm and character that history can provide.
Book your stay at this fabulous little getaway here. Photos: Emma Lewis.
It took 3 long years to convert this former watermill in Alsace, France built in 1565 into the beautiful hotel villa it is today. The mill is registered as historic and therefore took extra care, but the resulting guest house with 5 unique rooms and spa that contains a hammam and a whirlpool are absolutely stunning and I love how unique each space is. Bits of history showing through in the architecture along with the amenities and comfort of more modern furnishings – the amalgamation makes for a perfect getaway. Domaine du Kaegy designed by Charles-Eric Guerrier of D’un Lieu à L’autre.
It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Kiln at Ace Hotel Sydney by Fiona Lynch.
Photography by Pablo Veiga
Is it the weekend yet? Please? I think I’ll spend today daydreaming that I’m holidaying at this spectacularly renovated 300-year-old finca with nine luxurious bedroom suites, a saltwater swimming pool, dedicated wellness area and a sound-proofed party cave. Yes a sound-proofed party cave. For me it’s just a dream but maybe you can go. Finca La Inika available for rent via Domus Nova.