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Room 1502 at The Whitby Hotel


Sunny yellows, warm oranges and zippy blues are the ingredients for 1502, one of our Terrace Suites at The Whitby Hotel. I love rooms that are a cacophony of hot and cold, coming together to emanate warmth.

This room began with the beautiful A Rum Fellow weave that runs the length of the tall flora shaped headboard. We had great fun picking out the lively yellows to create further accents in the room, details such as the contrasting kick pleats of the bed valance, the end of bed stool in yellow leather and the yellow piping of the Leo chair all feature this happy accent.

For this room, we created a bespoke colourway of my ‘Folk Thread’ fabric for Christopher Farr Cloth to cover the Leo chair sitting at the end of the bed. The geometric patterns on both fabrics create a story and mean both sides of the room are talking to one another.

In the drawing room the story continues, the bedroom beyond foreshadowed by the A Rum Fellow cushions that sit on the Pierre Frey sofa. I love the sofa fabric in that it reads as a plain, but the soft zig zag pattern gives a vibrant and dynamic look. It beautifully complements the underlying geometric pattern of the sofa cushions.

The suite’s drawing room is very blue-centric with my ‘Travelling Light’ curtains in the Indigo colourway and prominent cobalt blue upholstery. But with the fiery hot tones of the Joe Tilson artwork above the sofa, clever accessorising through bright white lamps and my Egg and Dart rug with orange detailing, it makes for a layered space.

It’s always important to think about your scheme beyond the fabrics themselves. A room’s story is written with all the other accents that come together.

We also played in to the oranges mostly here, rather than the yellows. The two tub chairs are topped with a crown of orange and the Leo chairs are piped in the same fabric.

The terrace is a wonderful wide and expansive haven, looking over bustling and lively 56th street. With New York returning to a hive of fun and activity, we could sit here all afternoon watching the world go by.

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