A few weeks ago I went to Austin with my sister for SXSW and had an absolutely great time. One of my favorite spots was the Driskill Hotel on Sixth Street. I loved the combination of grandeur and Southern Charm.
Here's a shot of the lobby, which features bold columns, stained glass panels and lush palms. There's lots of little seating areas which came in handy during SXSW for extended networking. If you're headed to Austin, it's definitely worth a visit! Check out a few more shots below.
While in Detroit, I stayed at the Westin downtown, which is definitely one of the nicer hotels in the city. Let's just say the "Heavenly" moniker for the bed was certainly appropriate. The room features comfy beds, attractive lighting and a stylish bath. So why did it leave me feeling so cold?
Today is the grand opening of 4 of Diane von Furstenberg's 20 newly designed rooms for the Claridge Hotel in London. She has stayed in hotels all over the world and is known for her stylish yet practical aesthetic. My problem? I can't seem to find any pictures online! And, sadly, I'm not quite able to hop a flight to London to see the rooms for myself. Here's hoping the NY Times posts them tomorrow in their style section. If any of you have come across pictures, please send a link my way.
Spring is feeling very far off. While looking for cheerful inspiration as I plan out my new apartment, I came across these photos from a friend's online album from her visit to Provence. What I love about the Provence style is that it combines the ease of rustic finishes with beautiful bright color. I appreciate Sweedish/Gustavian design, but the ethereal quality it goes for can come off a little cold. The combination of rich pigmented colors and warm neutrals is much more inviting to me. Pretty popular with Van Gogh, too, as the cafe pictured here served as the inspiration for The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum.
Ever watch those design shows and see those boards with pictures of furniture and fabric samples? Those are known as concept boards and they're supposed to be a snapshot of the finished space. So imagine my delight as a designer when I checked into the Holiday Inn down in Baltimore to see a one for the room where I was staying.
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