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Katie | September 2, 2013

24 hour holiday isle of wight

Why is it that when you most need a holiday, you’re least able to take one? Without any money or time on my hands, and with London Design Festival looming large, I decided I needed a break – even if it was just a little one, even if it was just a 24 hours. So I packed my bags and boarded a train, a ferry and an old fashioned tube train to Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. I left my laptop behind and I switched off my phone – no emails, no twitter, not even a sneaky little instagram for 24 whole hours. And what a difference a day makes… I highly recommend it (even if I did feel compelled to turn it into a blog post when I got back!)

Images top to bottom, left to right…

  • The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth from the ferry as we left mainland England (well, it’s not a holiday without a boat!)
  • The monolith that is the Cliff Lift was originally built as a hydraulic lift in 1891 and connects the seafront with the old town – otherwise only accessible by walking up a very big hill!
  • I loved these colourful tables and chairs set against the wooden floor and painted grey walls – a little bit of Scandi style in Shanklin.
  • The beach looked gorgeous in the morning light – so gorgeous in fact I was in the sea before breakfast – and very quickly out again, it was freezing!
  • I loved the old fashioned deck chairs with the little sun hoods and was seriously tempted to pop a few in my suitcase!
  • And finally, the Spinnaker Tower again signalling our journey home.

And the best bit? I came home feeling inspired and refreshed and my inbox was just as empty as I’d left it!

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Founding Editor – Katie Treggiden

Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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