WE WILL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT that a beautiful hotel is one of the things we love most about travel. There is something resolutely comforting about knowing that once you arrive at concierge, the rest is taken care of (even if it is only for a couple of days).
So when we first discovered Melbourne-based Rhiannon Taylor via global-connector, Instagram, and her incredible digital platform, In Bed With, we just had to know more about the woman who travels, photographs and stays in gorgeous hotels around the planet… for a living!
As a photographer, specializing in interiors, food and lifestyle, Rhiannon's work has seen her travel the world for the likes of Conde Nast and Bauer. In her downtime – of which we imagine, there is little - Rhiannon started In Bed With – ‘…a manifestation of a life of travel’.
While it was a significant life change that prompted Rhiannon to create In Bed With, it was her devotion to beautiful design that ultimately decided on the subject matter: “I’ve always had a huge love of design, so I thought why not talk about hotels? The site’s content is all original and I only seek out unique travel experiences which is probably why it’s formed such a beautiful, informed community and readership.”
So when various publications don’t have her globetrotting, Rhiannon is up with the birds at home in Melbourne – “I start work early, around 6:30am. My mind is most productive in the morning. If I’m not on a shoot, I’m at my computer editing images or compiling articles for the blog. I work from home so I’m always finding tasks to procrastinate throughout the day like coffee with a friend or popping down to the shops”. Post work, the afternoon is all about Pilates and whipping up something delicious in the kitchen: “If I wasn’t a photographer, I’d work in the food industry in some way, shape or form. I eat out all the time when I’m travelling, so when I’m home in Melbourne I never go out. I make everything at home from scratch from fresh pasta noodles to slow cooked gyros”.
After spending a period living in New York City, Rhiannon moved back to Australia. Praising the landscape, culture and food, Rhiannon describes the land down under as her true home: “…the people I love are here. I’m also at the age where having a family is on the brain and I think Australia is the right place for me to have one”.
While travel (and luxury travel at that) is still very much part of Rhiannon’s day to day, it is the world and those that inhabit the many corners of the earth that have opened her eyes in a big way: “Over the past few years I’ve had the privilege to visit destinations where the people aren’t as lucky as we are back home but they’re still incredibly joyous and happy. It’s changed my perspective on what physical things I need in my life. I buy less and want for less. I avoid fast fashion, purchasing things in excess and don’t feel the need to be perceived by what society deems as cool or desirable. Don’t get me wrong, I still adore designer goods and nice stuff but I don’t get the same gratification I used to when buying them”.
WE TAKE TWO WITH RHIANNON TAYLOR…
Describe a scent that reminds you of a specific time and place
For me scent is intrinsic to memory and attraction. All my best memories have a scent associated with them. My oldest memory is my great grandmother having Forget-Me-Not and Bluebell’s around her house. She passed away when I was four and I still remember the time I spent with her so vividly some 26 years later. I even wear Jo Malone’s Wild Bluebell fragrance every day, which was never intended as a tribute to her, but somehow I was naturally attracted to it.
Where to stay in Melbourne
QT Melbourne – it can be a bit moody and dark but it’s the best Melbourne has to offer for comfort and design. We’re a bit short on good hotels.
Where to stay around the world
Cocoa Island, Maldives. It’s not the chicest or newest resort in the Maldives, but it’s tiny and it’s paradise.
Where to eat and drink in Melbourne
Tonka for food, GOGO Bar for drinks.
Where to eat and drink around the world
Roscioli in Rome for both food and wine!
Where to shop in Melbourne
Jardan for slick furniture designed and made in Melbourne.
Where to shop around the world
Anywhere there’s a Barneys.