Wandering the shores of inspiration: A journey from Lake Windermere & beyond.
Updated: Oct 10
In the quest for inspiration, I embarked on a soul-stirring journey, meandering from the tranquil shores of Lake Windermere in the UK to the sun-kissed landscapes of Croatia and the timeless elegance of Italy. This voyage was not just a personal odyssey but a search of the extraordinary, the essence of which I yearn to infuse into the heart of Windermere House.
Lake Windermere, with its serene waters mirroring the lush, rolling hills, was my first muse. Here I found the embodiment of tranquility. The very name "Windermere" whispered secrets of serenity, and I aim to capture this sense of calm and grace within the walls of our store. Every street was brimming with the wonder of brilliant cafes, home decor studios, and gift shops to feed the soul.
It was here I was able to connect with Patience & Gough, a luxury design house. P&G specializes in three core offerings: luxury textiles, bespoke cabinet-making, and tailored interior design. I love sharing ideas and inspiration with other businesses in similar industries. My takeaway from these encounters fuel my drive for creating such excellence within our own store. Seeing such forward thinkers honing in on their craft is a beautiful thing -- I can only hope others feel the same about us.
As I sailed away from the shores of Windermere, my next stop was Croatia, where the Adriatic Sea meets the rugged coastline. Here, I felt the pulse of nature's raw beauty, a reminder that artistry often lies in the unrefined. The primal cliffs and the timeless charm of seaside villages spoke of authenticity and the allure of the untouched.
This was my first time visiting Croatia. Starting briefly in Split, a very busy port, I was utterly enamoured by the energy of the city. Founded by the Greek colony of Aspálathos, the architecture shares stories that wrote themselves back in 2nd century AD. In its later life, Split fell under Venetian control and still holds true to many of these traditions. Walking the ancient stone streets, I could feel the pulse of its rich history at every turn. From here I "split" off to Supetar on the island of Brâc, which was quiet and serene in comparison; a good change of pace to slow down and enjoy the bountiful nature.
In Italy, the land of artisans and craftsmanship, I delved into the world of elegance and refinement. The streets of Florence echoed with the footsteps of artists and thinkers who had shaped history before me. I found myself immersed in a symphony of art, culture, and design. From the intricate details of Renaissance architecture to the opulence of Venetian glass, it breathed life into my creative soul.
I then embarked into the waters of Lake Como, where timeless architecture, beauty, and history are nestled into every mountainous direction. What a place! I am a foodie at heart, specifically anything carb loaded. My heart and appetite remained full throughout my stay here and fuelled my passion of exploration. Visiting incredible vintage shops and decor galleries was the highlight of this area for me, besides the glistening waters of Lago di Como. The sheer abundance of gothic art and original furniture pieces was overwhelming, in the best way. Its the same energy I hope to instill for all who enter Windermere House feel -- oh the wonder!
Although I couldn't carry tangible treasures back with me, the antiques, moments, and memories etched into my heart have been a wellspring of inspiration. They have become the palette from which I will draw colors, textures, and stories to breathe life into Windermere House. Like a painter with a canvas, I stand ready to translate these experiences into the tapestry of our store. The tranquility of Windermere, the authenticity of Croatia, and the elegance of Italy have woven themselves into the very fabric of my being. I have come to realize that inspiration is not confined to the tangible; it exists in the intangible moments, the unspoken stories, and the emotions that art evokes. This journey has been more than just a physical expedition; but rather a pilgrimage of the heart.
So, as I return to the embrace of Windermere House, I carry with me the essence of these places, the stories of their people, and the whispers of their landscapes. I am ready to infuse our store with the same beauty, authenticity, and elegance that I have encountered along the way. Each piece, each corner, and each detail will bear the imprint of these places and my journey to find inspiration.
As I stand on the threshold of a new chapter at Windermere House, I invite you to embark on this journey with me, to explore the beauty that arises from the convergence of places, cultures, and stories. Together, we will create a space that is not just a store but a sanctuary of inspiration, where every piece has a story to tell and every corner is a canvas of beauty waiting to be discovered.