Wednesday, 20 April 2011

St John Hotel

I always feel a bit disappointed when a lovely new hotel opens in London. How can I justify staying in a London hotel when I live in the city? But goodness, I would like to stay at the St John Hotel...Fergus Henderson has brought his simple, elegant and nose to tail eating style to another level.

So I suppose I'll just have to settle for dinner instead and, if it's anything like the original St John's restaurant in Clerkenwell, I'm in for a treat.

St John Hotel 1 Leicester St London WC2H 7BL

+44 (0) 203 301 8020

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Cult of Beauty

Goodness, I just realised it's a few weeks since updating the blog. How time flies.

There is much going on here in the background here at Roost Living, finding exciting new artists and new products that we know you'll love, as well as taking a bit of time to look for inspiration.

I have been a member of the V&A for a number of years. It is my favourite gallery in London. And I'm very much looking forward to their latest exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860 - 1900.

I've always been drawn to the highly decorative, romantic work of Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, perhaps because my father's artistic style was so influenced by them.

The cross over from art to artistic furniture and the decoration of rooms also intrigues me. In this period, artists' houses and their extravagant lifestyles became the object of public fascination and sparked a revolution in the architecture and interior decoration of houses that led to a widespread recognition of the need for beauty in everyday life.

Anyway, I'm very much looking forward to seeing this Exhibition, at the V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL until the 17 July 2011