Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alternative New Year's Eve Destinations


The festive season is fast approaching and if you haven’t already decided how you’ll celebrate New Year’s Eve, now’s the time to get planning. To shake things up a little, why not try something completely new? Here are some alternative destinations that could make the perfect setting to see in the new year.

Explore the great outdoors in the Lake District

If you fancy burning some of those Christmas calories, why not book a trip to the Lake District? England’s largest national park, it is home to the country’s highest mountain, deepest lake and an array of other attractions. Rental agencies such as Lakelovers offer a selection of picturesque holiday cottages that provide the ideal bases from which to explore the area.

Providing the weather’s on your side, you can take to the slopes for a spot of skiing. The Lake District Ski Club operates a 360-metre button tow at the Helvellyn mountain range, allowing you to test your skills traversing the ridge. The Raise fell offers the best snow conditions in the Lake District and, depending on the conditions, you can find up to nine pistes there. The longest of these stretches out for nearly a mile.

If skiing isn’t your thing, you can explore the beautiful landscape on foot. On a crisp winter’s day, the area is at its most beautiful. There are plenty of challenging routes to explore, but if you’re after something a little gentler, take a trip to Tarn Hows. Set in the hills above Coniston, you can drive up to the waterway and then wander around the 1.5-mile circular pathway. You’ll get to see some of the best mountains in the Lakes for minimal effort.


Enjoy the very best of Cumbrian hospitality 

The Lake District is also the perfect place to enjoy some fabulous food and drink. If you’re after an indulgent New Year, check out some of the area’s acclaimed eateries. Cumbria’s food scene has made great strides over recent years and you can now find an array of fine dining establishments dotted across the region. Menus showcase the best of local produce and you’ll get to tuck into the likes of tattie hotpot, Herwick lamb and Cumberland sausage.

One establishment that has earned a reputation for serving up mouth watering dishes is L’Enclume. Led by Michelin starred chef Simon Rogan, this Cartmel restaurant offers an imaginative take on modern British cuisine. There’s no set menu and dishes are determined on the day by the produce available. Another top-class eatery is the Holbeck Ghyll near Windermere. This 19th-century former hunting lodge also has a Michelin star and it offers gourmet dishes with a Gallic twist.

Head for the bright lights of London

If it’s bright lights and action you’re after, perhaps a trip to London would be ideal this New Year. This bustling metropolis always has plenty going on over the festive season and a highlight is the world-famous firework display over the Thames. The show is now ticketed, but at only £10, it’s well worth the money.

Another must-see if you’re in the capital is the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Entry to this outdoor attraction is free and you’ll find a select of fairground rides, a 60-metre observation wheel, an ice rink and two circuses. Meanwhile, the Victorian bandstand is brought to life with the addition of 100,000 twinkling lights. If you work up a thirst, you can check out the themed bars and warm yourself up by their real fires.

These are just a few of the myriad possibilities open to you this New Year. With a little imagination and some research, you should be able to arrange the perfect celebrations to welcome in 2015.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Contemporary Log Cabin

I never really thought about interior design of log cabins until a few years ago. In my mind they were just kitschy retreats for tourists or hunters who basically don't have a clue about aesthetics. As long as there's a big fireplace in it, everyone seems more than thrilled. But, let's forget about that for a moment and look at this Danish stunner... Now, this is how it's done! Once again, I am blown away by the immaculate incorporation of traditional elements with contemporary twist. I wouldn't mind spending the weekend here, how about you?








Source: LivingGap  Photography: Karsten Damstedt  Architecture: Jensen Kim Holst

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Classy Halloween

This year I decided to make my Halloween decor classy and slightly theatrical, but with just the right amount of macabre. The main idea was to visually tell little fragments of stories using motifs typically related to autumn and Halloween, as well as using some unexpected props to give it a personal touch. Instead of carving it, I decorated one of the pumpkins with studs which doesn't require much effort, but looks very chic and edgy. Also, I wrote verses of one dark poem by A.G.Matoš (one of the most significant Croatian writers sometimes compared to E.A.Poe) with a black marker on another pumpkin. Framing old, black and white photographs I acquired from my grandparents' archives and using transparent bottles and jars as candlesticks and vases all contributed to the mysterious atmosphere I was trying to accomplish. My Venetian masks and some other souvenirs also played a great role in creating this styling. I have to admit that sitting in a room with one corner transformed like this only adds to that particular cosy feeling you get this time of year... Well, I hope this post inspired you to look around the market or your attic and find interesting objects you would have otherwise overlooked. Happy Halloween, lads and lasses!