I wrote about our recent stay at the glorious Babington House recently. One of the things I love about Babington is not just the amazing service, food, opportunities to do as little or as much as you like… it’s also the fantastic interiors and design that you’ve come to expect of all Soho House owned properties. They just have a knack of creating incredibly stylish but also comfortable spaces.
This time around, we stayed in Room 17, in the Coach House and I wanted to share some details of the interior for inspiration and general swooning over. Basically this needs a blog post of it’s very own, hence not including it in my original travel piece!
The first thing that struck me about the room was the amazing wall-colour. A rich green-grey, it covered every wall throughout the lounge area and into the bedroom and bathroom, contrasted against white ceilings and woodwork (i.e. door-frames, window sills and skirting boards). I think probably the closest colour (if not the actual colour) would be Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue, described as an “aged blue grey” that “can read more grey, blue or even green depending on the light” – which is exactly what I loved about it as it travelled across the walls of the different spaces in our suite. In the bedroom it offered the right amount of comfort and cocooning effect, when combined with the dim light of bedside lamps, while in the main living area lit with natural daylight and the occasional hanging light or standing lamp, it gave a stylish but warm and comfortable feel. For the bathroom it delivered a serene private space, accented with white and vintage chromes.As someone who naturally gravitates towards pale colours and muted tones for my own home, what struck me about this particular shade was that despite it’s boldness, it did actually have the ability to blend seamlessly with a number of other hues. Namely soft greys, white but pops of red also worked beautifully and surprised me at how effectively a strong shade could work against another.Of course the other thing that the design of the room had nailed was the combination of textures, which gave it a rich but also comfortable and cosy feel. Wooden floorboards cosied-up with rugs of differing textures from a durable hand-spun Jute practical floor-covering in the lounge (find similar here) to a soft, tactile woven rug for under-foot in the bedroom (like this). Cushions were plentiful and the bed was sumptuous with numerous pillows and a beautifully soft throw. Perfect for snuggling under while we were there in winter climes.
Our room had a great and stylish oversized sofa, in a gorgeous shade of red, which against the wall looked the bees-knees. I loved it’s classic feel and deep-set seats made it ideal for sinking into with a good book. Alongside it, in a contrasting soft grey, was a beautiful long and rectangular velvet ottoman.
The magazine holder is rather gorgeous too isn’t it? – you can buy similar here. In fact, often it’s the little details like this that make my heart sing the most – they really add such beautiful touches. Here are some of my favourite ‘corners’ that I wanted to share:
If you love the Babington/Soho House look as much as me then you’re going to want to pop over here and have a browse of Soho Home – the website created by Soho House founder/owner Nick Jones, with a range of art and homewares, furnishings etc. all created to help you ‘bring the House home’. Dangerous. I’m already in love with a £1,300 navy velvet armchair called Betsy – weep.