Not yet a week back from my vacation, and I’m already dreaming of a staycation. When, I can hear you ask, will she ever be satisfied?
If I were a visitor to London this week, I would stay here – at Justin Salisbury & Charlotte (Charlie) Newey’s stylish Artist Residence, London.
The 10 room hotel, located in lovely & quiet – yet still very central – Pimlico, houses a heady mix of styles ranging from rustic to industrial modern to no-holds-barred luxe. A true feat of perfectly balanced eclecticism, this boutique knockout is far greater than the sum of its (handsomely curated) parts.
Artist Residence, London is the third in a small but growing group of stays from Salisbury & Newey. The young couple – who, I feel it’s worth mentioning, are in their twenties (let’s do this Gen Y) – acquired the original Artist Residence in 2008, when Justin took over his mother’s small Brighton hotel after she suffered an injury & could no longer run it on her own.
The hoteliers’ story is a testament to the notion that constraint fosters creativity. Determined to redesign the ailing guest house on a shoe-string budget, Justin invited local artists to decorate the hotel’s 23 rooms in return for accommodation.
The result – a vibrant, singular traveller’s destination with a strong sense of place (and a perfectly fitting name.)
This time around, the couple has done the decorating themselves – mostly with finds from their favorite antiques markets – but art is still central to the Artist Residence experience. The artwork tends toward the urban, graphic & street variety, with a dose of retro in the old film posters sprinkled throughout the property.
For me, however, the real art of the Artist Residence is in Salisbury & Newey’s ability to craft an eclectic space that feels altogether cohesive, never jarring. My own attempts (and missteps) at home have taught me that this is nowhere close to as easy as these two make it look.
Dreaming of a trip to London? Consider a stay at the Artist Residence.
And Justin & Charlie – if you stumble upon this post, let this be my fan letter and lunch invitation to you. I would love to learn what’s in store for Artist Residence, as I imagine BLOCK PRINT readers would too (are y’all with me?)
… I suppose I could have just sent an email – but this is a lot more fun, right?
Images via Yatzer.