Hotel As Home: Inspired Interiors

I've been having a serious case of wanderlust ever since we got back from our Panamanian vacation a few weeks ago (more on that in a bit). There are so many places I'd love to travel to, and while I usually pick a destination for its exceptional access to nature or its culture (architecture, language or food), the interiors of these hotels have me thinking about hopping a plane just to take a peek inside! Yes, they're that good.

The spaces below are varied: some designs have incorporated color, some feature more muted palettes, others have bold pattern or installations of wallpaper. Yet all of these hotels have one thing in common: they are designed spaces that feel like home. The designers behind these rooms have seamlessly integrated  a residential aesthetic into the hospitality space, and it's a trend that I hope continues. Travel can sometimes be a hassle or frustrating...but these rooms provide the comfort of what's familiar (even if your home looks nothing like this).

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Casa Bonay, Barcelona. Photo @casabonay

Architect Matteo Ghidoni and interior designer Laura Sari furnished the spaces inside Venice's Casa Flora almost exclusively with Italian material. For more on this hotel read Daven Wu's piece in Wallpaper Mag.

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Alex Hotel in Perth, Australia, designed by Arent & Pyke. Photography by Anson Smart. 

The interiors of NYC's boutique High Line Hotel, was designed by the phenomenal firm of Roman & Williams. It has so much vintage character and there's wallpaper in every room. The Tokio (above) is an early Art Nouveau pattern by CFA Voysey (1893), and Hydrangea (below), illustrated by Lindsay Butterfield in 1896, are both produced state-side by Trustworth Studio and available through WallTawk. 

Hotel Panache, in Paris' 9th Arrondissement, seamlessly blends historic architecture with modern elements. Designed by Dorothee Meilichzon, this hotel exists in a 19th-century building that was once the HΓ΄tel Opera-Madrid. Images courtesy of Hotel Panache and Architectural Digest

Love the wallpaper above? Drop by our showroom, we'll happily show you a sample! 

Milan's Hotel Giulia- images above and below- was designed by Patricia Urquiola. Photography by Ricardo Labougle via @designboom 

Dining room perfection inside hotel Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon Portugal. (We traveled to Lisbon 3 years ago and stayed at another fabulous hotel, Memmo Alfalma, which is located inside the city's historic district. One exterior length of that hotel is the old Visigoth wall!) Photography Francisco Nogueira for Wallpaper Mag.

Riad Mena in Marrakech, Morocco, is located inside a traditional home and features modern design (Starck and Saarinen ) and local flare (bright Moroccan poufs and Berber rugs). It looks peaceful, quiet and relaxing (yes, please!). Photos - above and below- by Riad Mena. 

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Here is another fabulous design from the Ace Hotel group, this one in New Orleans, designed by Roman & Williams. I stayed here in August and it's truly a magnificent space. Every detail is considered- from the rooms, to the common spaces, to rooftop bar, to the in-house restaurant, Josephine Estelle. The palmetto murals (below) were salvaged from the New Orleans Opera House and frame the room. Photography by Paul Costello for AD Travel. 

The Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado, is rich with detail and warmth...perfect for when you finish up on the slopes. 

The Alma HistΓ³rica hotel is located in Montevideo, Uruguay and is housed inside a converted 1920s Art Nouveau-style mansion. (Bedroom goals.) Via  NYT

 If there's one place I want to road-trip to this spring it's Marfa Texas. This is the Hotel Saint George, a modernly redesigned space inside a converted 1930 low-slung stucco building, that was named for an inn that occupied the same site from 1886 to 1924. (The bricks and and marble in the new lobby are repurposed from the site's original 1929 construction.) Photography by Casey Dunn for CN Traveler.

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The new luxe boutique hotel, DOWNTOWN, is located in Mexico City's historic district (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) inside a converted 17th Century Palace. Bohemian-chic, meets colonial grandeur, meets modern elements...via designhotels.

I'll conclude with one of my favorite hotel interiors, the rooms of the Henry Howard Hotel in New Orleans. The city itself holds a special place in my heart: it's where I lived for the majority of my 20s, it's where I learned about myself working as an environmental justice lawyer, it's where I fell in love with design color and pattern, it's where I owned my first home (a shotgun in the Carrollton neighborhood), and it's where I met my husband. 

This hotel hits all the design notes that I love; there's exposed brick, historic architecture, vintage rugs, modern art, tiling...and of course, wallpaper (a custom toile printed by Flavor Paper and designed by Kathleen Fitzgerald). 

Modern Spaces for Little Ones

It's been a busy week and we've spent a lot of time curating look books for clients who have nursery (kid room) projects in mind. Here are some terrifically designed spaces that we loved at first sight. 

Jam (as in traffic) by Sissy + Marley for Jill Malek. Beep! Beep! Designed by Sissy + Marley. Photography by Marco Ricca.

Brooklyn-based illustrator Kale Williams provides the wall art in this nursery via Dwell Magazine

'Cities Toile' by Rifle Paper for Hygge & West adds great illustration to this room's walls...and now we are consumed by wanderlust!

Chasing Paper removable wallpaper adds so much to this colorful kids room via Design*Sponge.

The cutest giraffe there ever was from Abnormals Anonymous. Designed by Melissa + Miller Interiors. Photography by Rebecca McAlpin. 

'Dino' by Sian Zeng turn this room into a Jurassic wonderland. The paper is offered in a magnetized version, too,  with optional accessories for hours of entertainment. 

'Woodlands' by Sian Zeng is whimsical and magical. 

We love the pattern in 'Baby Elephant Walk' by Sissy + Marley for Jill Malek. Designed by Mona Ross Berman Interiors

What great patterns and colors in this nursery designed by Thienes & Levent using Grow House Grow wallpaper. Photography by Emily Gilbert. 

'Tapestry' by Cavern Home gives this room a hint of Bohemian-Southwest! Via Domino Magazine. Photography by Amy Bartlam. 

Cement Wallpaper by Piet Boon for NLXL gives this room an industrial edge that suits kids young and old(er).

Woods from Cole & Sons via Wit & Delight. Photography by 2nd Truth Photography.

Jungle Love by Anna Ekre from PhotoWalls packs a punch! 

A little 'mini Matisse' from Leah Bartholomew of Beneath The Sun. Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography Amanda Prior via Poppytalk.

Flights of Fancy wallpaper from House of Hackney has kids dreaming of nature's creatures. 

Dreamy Eskayel wallpaper that adults will love too. Via Lonny

Flat Vernacular adds a verdant touch to this large accent wall. Via Lonny

'Safari' by Rifle Paper for Hygge & West adds warmth to this nursery's accent wall.  

Colorful Patterns

It's a new year and we find ourselves gravitating toward bold colors and lots of pattern! We know that wallpaper is a great way to add an exciting design element to any space (yes, we're bias), but throws, pillows and rugs are guaranteed to brighten up a room too. Here are a few of our favorites...

1. Dorsey Throw designed by Cassie Byrnes for Slowdown Studio

2. Mayan Blue designed by Chris Haughton for Node 

3. Lola Rug by Dana Haim

4. A Poster A Day Rug - Day 1169 by Studio Proba 

5. Spring from Flock in collaboration with Sunny Todd Prints

6. Zahra Flat-Weave Rug by Aelfie

7. Evil Eye Blues Cotton Napkin by Walter G at StudioFourNYC

8. Olivia Rug in blue at Burkelman

9. Flight Blue Rug by Fayce Textiles for CB2

10. Cartographer Pillow by Sara Berks, MINNA

11. Garden Hunter (Green) by Hillery Sproatt

Gift Guide No. 2: For the Kids

We love gifting our children experiences; they use memberships to the Children's Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Botanic Gardens, and the Denver Zoo over and over again (the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Denver Art Museum are free for children under 18 thanks to generous underwriting partners!).

We're also big fans of Craftsman & Apprentice who offer classes for kids, adult workshops, and host a "Parent's Night Out" where your kids can tinker for 3 hours while you go out for dinner! (What a great thing to give parents needing a break!)

But this is also the time of year we give our children something tangible, so here's a list of some inspired designs and practical gifts you might find useful (and yes we do have Pokemon cards and Star Wars action figures hidden in the closet, too!).

Happy Holidays! 

1. Tokyo Digs A Garden, here.

2. Decorate-A-Kids Teepee, here.

3. Deluxe Root Viewer (we love the Fat Brain site), here

4. All Day Ruckpack, here

5. Shipkite, from Haptic Lab, here.

6. Sleeping Queens card game (one of our favorites!), here

7. KooKoo Alarm Clock, here

8. Pottery Pillow from bfgf, here

9. Rug. Illustrator Chris Haughton (of "A Bit Lost" fame) turns one of his beloved characters into a rug produced by Node. The rugs are handmade and makers are affiliated with Fair Trade Nepal. Employees of the company (making the rugs) are also taught literacy and skills, and in addition to receiving fair wages, their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen.

Gift Guide No. 1: We'll Take 'Em All

This gift guide is essentially a round-up of designs and experiences we love right now! Enjoy!

1. Otis throw (we're a bit partial to the name!) designed by Milena Buchholz for Slow Down Studio, here

2. Spa Box from Colorado Crafted, here.

3. Safety Pin studs/Winking Eye studs by Bing Bang Jewelry available at Shop Goldyn, here.

4. Rifle Paper Calendar, here.

5. #TreatYoSelf at Base Coat Denver/LA - a non-toxic nail salon, appointments here.

6. Mara Coaster Set by Xenia Taler at Woonwinkel Home, here.

7. Memberships to the Denver Botanic Gardens and the MCA Denver.

8. Big Arch Necklace by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, available through Sight Unseen, here.

9. Party Shape Clutch by Lillian Farag, here.

I hope this gives you some ideas! Enjoy the weekend!