I can’t say it enough – I have the best job in the world. Although I started out in fashion, I love how this blog is giving me such a wide variety of experiences. Like last week, when I was invited to go and have an incredible lunch in a beautiful private home in London whilst experiencing and learning about the SONOS audio systems. Doesn’t get much better than that, right? Wrong. Getting not one but two SONOS PLAY:1 speakers to take home was the cherry on top.
You may not know this about me, but I’m a massive music buff (some might say snob, but hey). I work from home and the first thing I do every morning is turning on the radio or playing my Spotify playlists. The only thing I’ve been missing really is decent speakers – my laptop doesn’t quite cut it for a real music experience, the way the artist intended.
Anyway, so this lunch. We were invited to an incredible private home in the heart of Shoreditch, which had been completely styled by the design geniuses over at Wallpaper* magazine (which is, weirdly, where I got my career start!). The place itself was beyond belief – 3 floors of slick, minimalist design with massive outdoor spaces and a view over the City you simply can’t help but gawp at. Bad day for me to bring the wrong lens, so sadly I could only do detail shots. Either way, it was the perfect place to experience what SONOS speakers can do.
SONOS has a number of speakers in their range, but we were there to be introduced to the latest member of the family, the SONOS PLAY:1. Compact and discreet, this little speaker ranks up there with the bigger speakers – just ask my neighbours. The beauty of SONOS is that it’s a wireless system, which connects as many speakers as you want through a bridge and comes with an app for you phone or tablet from which you play the music. No wires to plug in, no docking – just open your app and play away. It’s so easy and effortless even my parents would be able to do it (that’s saying something).
I got home and set up my app, the bridge. 2 speakers and had my favourite music blasting in less than 10 mins. I’ve set up one speaker in my bedroom, one in my living room, and can control both simultaneously on the app, even playing different music on each. What I love about the system is that I gradually add to my little network in the future without any hassle, should I want to get additional rooms hooked up. My music hasn’t been off in nearly 2 weeks and I’m loving every minute of it.
For tips on how to maximise the acoustics in your home for a perfect listening experience, scroll all the way to the bottom of this post!
The SONOS PLAY:1 comes in black or white and is available from October 29th for £169, and in the run up to the Christmas period, you will get the Bridge (£39) for free. Great Christmas present idea for pretty much everyone…
Dream home office…
obligatory mirror shot
My new SONOS speakers:
The difference between me and a professional photographer:
Want to make the most of the space you’ve got? Here’s some tips from the team at SONOS on how to maximise the acoustics in your house: