“Blink” Travels: A Scarlet Staycation

Need encouragement to choose a ‘staycation’ rather than a long haul flight this Winter? Perhaps this will help…

The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

I was treated to a wonderful weekend in Cornwall. The culinary delights of Padstow and Rock didn’t disappoint, but the highlight for me was a day spent at The Scarlet. This eco hotel combines 5 star style, a luxurious spa, super sweet staff and a stunning location. Next time, I’ll be booking in to stay here for as long as they’ll have me. I wonder if they take block bookings for the cliff top hot tub?

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“Blink” Travels: Brooklyn Tins at Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

The home and interiors sections at Merci is as inspiring for me as the fashion floors. This visit, Merci was showcasing some stunning trompe l’oeil style wallpaper that I fell hard for. Following on from the gorgeous Piet Hein Eek designed ‘Scrapwood’ wallpaper, the same company, NLXL, have collaborated with Merci to create a beautiful new line of wallpapers called ‘Brooklyn Tins’. This delivers the look of those stunning New York vintage interiors without the seriously hard work of cladding your walls with those embossed plates- if you can even find a source for them. I’m not completely sure this paper will work on my Victorian conversion, but if you inhabit a more spacious, well, space, then get thee Paris quick smart!

NLXL 'Brooklyn Tins' for Merci

NLXL 'Brooklyn Tins' for Merci

NLXL 'Brooklyn Tins' for Merci

NLXL 'Brooklyn Tins' for Merci

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Blink Travels: Bonjour ‘Merci’

Another billet doux to ‘Merci’ for being the inspirational centre of the retail universe as far as we are concerned. If you haven’t read or heard about ‘Merci’ before, do have a look at our previous posts. Every time we pop in, its a brand new experience as the themes, layout, focal points and product all switch- but overall the mood is still the same- beautifully designed yet functional products for you and your environment, with a touch of humour and lots of personality.

This time, the theme of the store was ‘Urban Picnic’ and this translated as lots of gorgeous tonally dyed, soft Indian cotton and slubby jersey own label womenswear, from bikini’s through to slouchy T-shirt dresses, mixed with easy accessories so that you could be perfectly outfitted when using all of the innovative outdoor cooking and eating products on sale, creating a beachy, holiday vibe right in your own garden or your Parisian townhouse balcony if needed. More of that in our post tomorrow on the gorgeous colours we saw on this visit…

The charitable ethos of this store draws you in, but the product and the creative vibe is what keep you coming back, and back, for more. Every corner you turn is filled with the most beautiful things. We hope these pictures help to share our experience with you.

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Isabel Marant at Merci, Paris

The Cinema Cafe, Merci, Paris

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