A week on my feet
I love spotting interesting flooring when I'm out and about and rarely pass up an opportunity to share an #ihavethisthingwithfloors image on Instagram. Luxury Flooring are currently running a campaign inspired by the popular hashtag, and when they got in touch and invited me to record a photo diary sharing the story of a week in my life through the floors, patterns and things I see on the ground, it sounded like a fun opportunity to show you around a few of my favourite places.
Here's what I got up to...
On Monday I headed over to Birmingham to do a spot of shopping and catch up with a friend over coffee. I snapped this in the shoe hall at Selfridges and also couldn't resist taking a shot of one of my favourite Birmingham buildings - Grosvenor House a grade II listed 1950s building on New Street which has a really interesting angled zig zag facade.
I spent Tuesday working at home, and edited my way through a tonne of pictures I've taken with my new Olympus PEN. I recently started using Lightroom instead of Photoshop for my editing so I've signed up for some tutorials to help me figure it out.
I played tennis on Wednesday. I try to fit in at least a couple of games most weeks - it's a great way of getting away from my desk when I'm working from home. Plus, I love to be able to keep fit doing something that I absolutely love, rather than having to force myself to go out for a run. On a warm summer's day there is literally nowhere I'd rather be than on the tennis court!
On Thursday I spent some time planning a new picture wall for our staircase. The hallway is a nice clean, welcoming space but the stairs feel a bit blank at the moment and finding and hanging the right artwork is something that's been on my to-do list for ages.
I snapped some #urbanjungle shots in the Glasshouse in our lovely local park Jephson Gardens on Friday afternoon. Outside it's all traditional municipal bedding plant displays but inside things are lush, tropical and architectural.
I was back in Birmingham on Saturday and Graham and I had lunch at the recently redesigned Harvey Nichols restaurant. With concrete walls, marble tables, green leather banquettes and Michael Anastassiades lighting (not shown), the restaurant ticks all the right design boxes, and with a menu by Glynn Purnell the food is great too!
I rounded off the weekend in Stratford upon Avon. The rooftop restaurant at the RSC has lovely elevated views out over the river and is one of my favourite spots for Sunday brunch. This is actually one of the bars, not the restaurant, but it's such a stunning space that I always want to photograph it whenever I visit. And the green marble staircase that leads up to it is Art Deco perfection.
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More of my favourites places (and the odd #shoefie) over on Instagram - you can follow me @designhunter_uk if you want to see what I'm up to.
Posted in collaboration with Luxury Flooring.