Inspiring places: Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell, London

Hi All,

Hope you had a nice weekend and treated your mums to something special.

Last Friday, I had the pleasure to dine in style at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell with my Breakfast club girls (long story haha).

The food and the cocktails were divine, and the place is a feast for any interior design lover like me.

Bourne&Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell, London

Inspired by the faded glory of a stately home, the venue’s décor can be described as eclectic with eye-catching wall art, colourful furnishings and textiles complementing a beautiful greenhouse and garden room.

As an Urban Jungle blogger, I was immediately drawn to the hanging baskets and green plants spread out all over the place and making the space welcoming and distinct.

Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings decor
Even the bathroom has got interesting features; I’m totally sold on the ‘bathsink’.

I totally recommend visiting, whether for lunch or dinner, or a cocktail!

What do you think? Do you like what you see? Have you been there?




Inspiring places: Volkshotel, Amsterdam

Happy New Year to you All! Hope you had a lovely and relaxing Christmas break, and an exciting New Year’s Eve party.

We’ve welcomed 2015 in Amsterdam. What a great idea it was! The city is marvellous, even in winter. There are plenty of excellent museums and art galleries (The Van Gogh Museum and The Stedelijk Museum are not be missed), plus you can just walk the city admiring its beautiful architecture…or take a tram (you know I love trams).

Amsterdam; city break, Europe

We stayed in Volkshotel, which hosted absolutely tremendous NYE party fully using the hotel’s space across many floors (eight rooms in total). Great music, atmosphere and people!

On a normal day, the building is home to a club/restaurant (Canvas with 360 degree view over Amsterdam; imagine the fireworks at midnight), downstairs cocktail bar (Doka), café (Werkplaats), and creative working space (Broedplaats). Something for everyone, whether you want to party, relax or work!

Volkshotel Amsterdam

Volkshotel used to be a newspaper building in 60s, therefore the exterior renovation took this into account.

The interior was transformed by Interior designer Bas van Tol of Studio Müller Van Tol. The designer have used magnified newspaper cut outs and materials such as steel, wood, concrete and glass to remind us of the building’s past.

Bathing Bikou, special room, design, Volkshotel, Amsterdam

We’ve stayed in one of nine special rooms designed by independent interior designers. Bathing Bikou was created by Hanna Maring whose design is merging bathing, relaxing and sleeping into one space and experience.

We are definitely going back, especially that it was too cold to enjoy the rooftop’s hot tub.

Volkshotel Badplaats, rooftop mini spa, Volkshotel Amsterdam

Have you been to Volkshotel or Amsterdam? Are you planning to go in the future?

Happy New Year Dear Readers!




Images: secretgardenhome and Mark Groeneveld.

Inspiring places: CitizenM hotel, London Bankside

In Inspiring places, another great hotel find in London. Thank you to my team who willingly went there for a drink with me.

CitizenM London Bankside

CitizenM hotel is designed for a mobile citizen of the world. According to their website, the hotel accommodates all different types from explorers through professionals to fashion shoppers.

Design hotel CitizenM London for mobile citizens

The lobby is a showcase of what they mean by affordable luxury for people. It’s modern, inviting and deluxe at the same time.

CitizenM London courtyard, green space

A collection of innovative concepts, citizenM is a hotel driven by one desire: to create affordable luxury for the people. I love the space outside; purely charming.

Great place for lunch or afterwork drink. Imagine working from there:))

Everyone was perplexed by the loo. Just for your record…

CitizenM London, loo

It would be great to see the rooms inside. Perhaps next time.

Have you been to any CitizenM hotels?

Have a nice weekend.


Inspiring places: Art hotel Atelier sul Mare, Castel di Tusa, Sicily

I love design and art, so was thrilled to be able to stay at Atelier sur Mare during the Sicilian leg of our Italian road trip this summer (check #italianroadtrip on secretgardenhome Instagram).

Atelier sul Mare, front of arthotel, Tusa, Sicily

Atelier sul mare, reception area, arthotel, Tusa, SicilyAtelier serves as a museum of contemporary art as well as a unique hotel where guests can immerse themselves in masterpieces and creativity by staying in one of forty specially designed art rooms. Each room has been created by a different artist and evokes an array of emotions by using different materials, colours and textures. Each theme is special and takes a guest for an incredible journey.

Atelier sul mare, artrooms

The experience is not for those who seek a standard hotel experience. You won’t see there a TV, mini bar or a hairdryer.

Atelier sul mare, art rooms 2

Each shower room will surprise you, so be ready to look for a light switch. Atelier sul mare is an adventure itself.

Atelier sul mare, artrooms 3

The location is simply beautiful; the picturesque beach is in front of the hotel and the mountains surround the area. Very relaxing and inspiring place.

Atelier sul mare, beachfront, Tusa, Sicily

My favourite room was definitely The Prophet room created by Antonio Presti (who also made the greatest open air park of sculptures in Europe Fiumara d’Arte), Dario Bellezza and Adele Cambria.

The Prophet room, Atelier sul mare

If you go to Sicily, instead of heading to overcrowded Cefalu, got to Castel di Tusa and submerge yourself in this Sicilian gem.

Have you been to Sicily before? Are you familiar with Atelier sul Mare?




Photography: secretgardenhome and Tomek Sawko. Thank you Tomek for letting me use your camera.

Inspiring places: Design Hotel&Spa Poziom 511, Poland

After very stressful and eventful couple of weeks, we got a chance to escape to Poland. Apart from seeing my dear mum and family, we managed to squeeze a few days in Polish Jura region situated between Cracow and Częstochowa, in south-central Poland.

We were super excited about our mini-break as I booked us to stay in a very modern Design Hotel and Spa Poziom 511. Poziom means level in English and refers to its location, 511 metres above the sea level.

Poziom 511 design hotel in Jura Poland

The hotel’s setting is breath-taking. It’s situated next to the historical Ogrodzieniec Castle and incorporates the surrounding rock formations and forests into the interior design of the place. The rooms are modern and comforable.

Jura Poland Poziom 511 area

The hotel’s facilities are top class, especially its swimming pool and spa. We were very lucky to have the facilities to ourselves for most of our stay.

Poziom 511 the pool and spa

The dining area was very stylish. I especially love how they incorporated the rocks into the building. Plus, the food was delicious. Thank you chef for absolutely yummy breakfasts and dinners.

Poziom 511 Dining Jura Poland

I would definitely recommend going there for a mini-break, especially when you are in need of relaxation.

If you are into outdoor activities like hiking, climbing or cycling, you’ll have plenty to do there as well.

What do you think? Are you tempted to visit Jura region in Poland?




Images: All taken by me apart from the top right image in collage 1 provided by Poziom 511. Thank you.

Inspiring places: Zara Home

Hello hello,

Life has been very hectic and stressful recently, so there’s nothing better than a bit of interior retail therapy!

I was very pleased to discover that Zara Home has moved in to High Street Kensington giving me an opportunity to browse their beautiful and colourful shop at lunchtimes.
Zara Home colour

I hardly could keep my wallet hidden as I was feasting my eyes on a wide range of home accessories and textiles.

You know how I like colour…The emerald green cushions and frames were calling me…and the neon colours lifted my mood immediately.

Neon colours at Zara home

Have you bought anything from Zara Home before? What do you think of their new range?