If you’ve stayed at a Firmdale Hotel, such as London’s recently reopened Dorset Square ($$), you know that the group’s design director and co-owner has an affinity for patterns and embroidery. Kemp—who just completed a new collection for Chelsea Textiles and a book, A Living Space (Rizzoli)—reveals her inspirations on the road.

Biarritz, France: “The shop Mimi’s Corner (33-6/19-13-31-31) is owned by an eccentric Outsider artist who vandalizes pictures; I bought four of Queen Elizabeth II for the Crosby Street Hotel. Staying at Hotel du Palais ($$$$) is like being on the bridge of the Titanic, with sweeping views of the Atlantic.”

Udaipur, India: “The rooms at the Oberoi Udaivilas ($$$$) have beautiful details. There are many shops hidden in the walls of the city palace, including Ganesh Emporium, which sells fabrics and saris.”

Vienna: “I love the way the Viennese wrap their rosebushes in muslin and rags for winter—like Christo sculptures. Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession movement also appeal to me, so I always visit the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art.”

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$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
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