Dark, glamorous, rough luxe, peppered with vintage curiosities and stuffed animals; the ACE Hotel is the perfect venue for an Abigail Ahern Workshop.
Trying to find the hotel I have a mix of emotions, I’m excited, but also have that nervous energy that comes with attending these kinds of events on my lonesome. I was a little skeptical too, would she live up to her book and hype?
I’m pleased to say she did, and although the shop recommendations were geared towards the American Market, it was perfect for me with three weeks of shopping time in New York ahead. The only thing I missed was seeing Abigail’s home in person, I guess I will just have to book another in London.
I was amazed at the distance attendees travelled to attend the course. Two women had come from Australia and the rest were from all over America, including the lovely Van from San Francisco, a fellow KLC student I meet about six months ago through twitter. Everyone was so friendly and open that it was easy to ditch my usual British reserve during the team discussions and presentations. I can imagine the atmosphere would be quite different in London.
After a jam packed morning soaking up Abigail’s wisdom we had a fabulous lunch at the Breslin, where I got to know Van and some of the other girls. The photo below doesn’t come close to capturing the amount of quirky pieces in there.
I was expecting Abigail to say that everything had to be dark, but to be honest she put across quite a balanced point of view and seemed almost down on some of the photographs of her interiors. It was nice to see that even someone like Ms Ahern finds fault in the things she has done in the past and openly admits that her designs can be aesthetics over practicality. She is also really approachable and lovely even posing with Van and for a photo at the end of the class.
I’ve come away full of ideas for my home, I just want to get back and get started! The main thing I learnt is that I need to be fearless, play with symmetry, and get more ‘stuff’! I think I will also be braver with pattern after witnessing how it works so well with a restricted colour palette.
Will I be moving to the dark side soon? I think so, but not quite to the extent that Ms Ahern might if she got her hands on my very white home…