Renowned collector and an heiress to the Hoffmann–La Roche pharmaceutical fortune, Maja Hoffmann enlisted Designer India Mahdavi  to combine two neighboring 18th-century homes into a contemporary art haven

[From Harewood House and Nostell Priory in Yorkshire to all of Mansfield Street, the Adam brothers designed some of the grandest homes in late-18th century Britain, where their elegant interpretation of neoclassicism—dubbed the “Adam style”—was synonymous with sophistication. The surviving Adam houses are among London’s most sought-after properties. Hoffmann owns two, having bought the first in 2006 and then its next-door neighbor two years later.

Iranian-born, architect and interior designer India transformed the first house into a family home for Maja Hoffmann, her partner, the film producer Stanley F. Buchthal, and their two children. The second house was turned into her work space and a place where she hosts dinners for the Tate, Serpentine Galleries, and other art institutions she supports in a vast drawing room with a gilded-copper ceiling in which the artist Rudolf Stingel has installed a spectacular series of carpets.

“This is a beautiful house with lots of people, and a beautiful house when you’re here by yourself,” says Hoffmann. “It’s vast and very vertical, but it’s also cozy, intimate, and always luminous. It’s odd to say this of a London house, but its warmth and light always make me think a little of Naples.”

From the outset, she and Hoffmann knew that the original architectural features of both houses had to be preserved to meet conservation regulations. For the same reason, the two houses needed to remain separate. They are connected by a row of mews houses that, typically for London, run behind them, and a tropical garden designed by the Belgian landscape architect Bas Smets in what was once the courtyard of Hoffmann’s first Mansfield Street house.

“There are no rules with Maja,” notes Mahdavi. “All her homes are remarkable buildings and all very different. She doesn’t like things to be repeated and is incredibly open to new ideas, which makes her homes super-personal.”] an exert from Architectural Digest



I had been meaning to watch the movie ‘Burnt’ starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller for a while. I finally had the opportunity to watch it during the blizzard we had this past weekend. It’s about chef Adam Jones, who ruined his career with drugs and alcohol. To redeem himself he returns to London to open a restaurant and gain three Michelin stars. I enjoyed it. If you end up watching it let me know what you think.


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I am intrigued by Anouska Hempel’s landscapes. Her gardens are green and very structured. They seem like a modern take on what old British gardens used to be like.

Hempel has an interesting story…she was a James Bond vixen turned British socialite and has an internationally recognized firm specializing in interior designer and landscape architecture. Not too shabby……









Above is what the garden looks like by day. Below is what the garden can look like during an event with the use of a tent and lanterns. I would have loved to be the one to host a dinner like this one.


Below: Ms. Hempel

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This tri-level London penthouse is sparse in some aspects but rich in textures. This bachelor pad is located in a renovated 19th-century building near St. Pancras railway station. (The train station Harry Potter goes to for trips to Hogwarts). The penthouse is on England’s National Heritage List and as a result the beautiful original features had to be preserved.

I love the curtain wall in the master bedroom, the velvet headboard and the textured muted wallpaper…it all adds an element of coziness considering its open tri-level floor plan. The master bath is simply and amazingly well designed for a bachelor.

The arrabascato marble his and her bathrooms at the bottom are for guests. They (TG Studio- London) ingeniously encompass the beautiful scenic views of London, as well as took the high ceilings into consideration by adding the chandeliers as center pieces.

The best part of all of this…….The original BEAMS.
3 Level


living room


stairs to master

to bedroom

master bed 1

master bed 2
master bed 3
bed closet bath
master bath
master bath details
guest bath mens
guest bath womens