The one with the redecorated loo

Last weekend we celebrated my MIL’s birthday with afternoon tea at Alexander House Hotel in West Sussex, and it wasn’t our first time there. Our previous visit, also for afternoon tea (they’re good) was a couple of years ago, and then I shared how my outfit seemed to match the painting in the loo.

When thinking about what to wear I remembered them matching my yellow dress before, and thought I’d wear something different this time. I’m a fan of colour, often wearing, at least one bright colour but nothing really jumped out at me as I recalled my wardrobe. So, as often is the case, I chose the shoes I wanted to wear and went from there, thinking nothing more of it.

After eating more than I had in a while, and yet still not managing to polish off all the cakes - I know, I was shocked too - and drinking a pot or two of “sparkling white” white tea, a trip to the loos brought a good excuse for a break and a wander. Remembering the loos from before, and knowing I’d already shared them here, I almost didn’t take my bag with me…

It was obvious though, that something had changed.

A change in wallpaper and accessories
textured wallpaper in the loos at Alexander's House hotel in West Sussex

I noticed the wallpaper straight away, it’s similar to the bamboo wallpaper we have on one wall in our living room, but with more sparkle. Had I known I could have got some sparkle in my wallpaper then maybe I’d’ve had some, as it would bring an element of light to the wall. I was less sure though if the basins had been changed, so later I checked my earlier post and they had. In place of white traditional sinks where these countertop basins, which as you can see bring another metallic texture to the space.

A change in sink too at Alexander's House Hotel

The wallpaper was different too, more metallics and with a geometric pattern - the light in the photo below seems to have played havoc with the colour, but I couldn’t resist showing you this wall, isn’t it great?

geometric and metallic wallpaper

In the lobby area, you can see a truer colour of the wallpaper, and it was great to see the picture still hanging in the same place. The padded bench seat though was the star and this is my favourite view of the loos - I know, how weird is that, I mean how many people have a favourite loo view?!

The painting is still there and joined by an emerald padded seat
Isn't the emerald padded seat stunning

But you know what I mean, it almost seems wasted in the loo (but it was too large for my handbag!)

Redecorated and an outfit that tones with the new decor

So that’s another first for the Loo Series, this is the first loo that’s been redecorated and therefore featured twice. I think I much prefer the updated version, but what about you?

Pretty blue and white tiles at Gravetye Manor

These pretty loos are at the fabulous Gravetye Manor which we visited to celebrate our big birthdays earlier in the year. We went for lunch which meant we got to walk around the fabulous kitchen garden after our meal, although moving was pretty tough. We plan to head back there at some point, and are looking to time our visit to coincide with some great winter food, but until then let's take a look at the Ladies.

These were on the first floor and I almost missed them completely walking straight past the door. I'm glad I found them though as the pretty blue and white tiles gave the light and airy space a particularly feminine feel.

Pretty blue and white tiles in the Ladies at Gravetye Manor

With roses from the garden in the vases it really did have a spring-like feel.

Roses and pretty tiles  in the Ladies at Gravetye Manor

Everything in the space was coordinated and the bevelled mirrors helped replicate and accentuate the patterns.

A light and airy feel to the Ladies at Gravetye Manor

The view from the windows was pretty special too.  Although to really enjoy it you'd have to spend time in the smallest room. The views from rooms along this corridor would be equally stunning I'm sure.

Quite a view from the loo at Gravetye Manor
bevelled mirrors  in the Ladies at Gravetye Manor

But the mirrors weren't the only thing in character with the feminine and light and airy decor,  just look at these taps.  Gorgeous aren't they?

A fancy tap  in the Ladies at Gravetye Manor

I think this has to be the most feminine entry yet in my #looseries - what do you think?

Fancy wallpaper and a painting to match my dress

Last weekend we celebrated my in-law's Golden wedding anniversary with afternoon tea at Alexander House Hotel in West Sussex. I'd not been there before, but when we arrived and I spotted those chimneys and the huge magnolia underneath them, I had a feeling it would be a place with some quirks. 

alexander house hotel in west sussex with some fabulous chimneys

And I wasn't wrong. The patterned floor and log stack where in a porch near the bar. The desk with the vintage news sign and the chandelier were just inside the front door. Afternoon tea was great and I proved to myself once again why I could never be a food blogger. I was too interested in eating and drinking and so there are no photos of the food, but it's good, so if you're local definitely give it a go.

Pretty tiles in the porch
A chandelier in the lobby
A desk fit for a concierge
A log store and pretty tiles

You're probably wondering why then I'm writing about a place I visited. Well, unexpectedly I discovered my next post in The Loo Series, which as you've guessed features the loos. And I say unexpectedly as wouldn't you know it I had to make a return visit with my phone.  But it gave me the opportunity to pose with the mirror that was almost as big as the generous door to the cloakrooms.

but through the door next to the mirror

It was the wallpaper that really caught my eye.

picture frame wallpaper

And the accessories.  The mirrors.  And the toiletries, the Verveine range from L'Occitane is a particular favourite and I'm also rather partial to a Verveine tea after dinner too.  When we're in France the Verveine tea bags are usually one of the first things that go in our shopping trolley as we head towards the wine!

hand towels
mirrored wall above the sink
verveine toiletries

All of that made for a lovely bathroom.  Once again though I was lucky to have the space to myself so I didn't look a right lemon photographing the loos.  In my title I promised you a painting to match my dress. And here it is.

the colourful ante room

This was in the ante room as you entered from the corridor, and while it's not my usual style of painting, I couldn't help but notice how well it matched my dress. I think my new friend agreed too.

A fancy mirror, me and a new friend

So once again proof that bold colours do work in bathrooms, admittedly this is larger than a bathroom in a house might be, but it's bold and beautiful.  And top marks to the hotel for decorating it to match my outfit!

Do you find yourself noticing the decor in unusual places, or is it just me?