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.
I was intrigued by the concept board. This did not look like the typical hotel room with 80's pastel artwork and polyester coverlets. This looked, dare I say, chic. Details like an upholstered headboard, chaise lounge, and Eames inspired office chair gave me hope.
It was a little cramped, as most hotel rooms can be, like there was a bit too much furniture for the space. And I can't say I loved the sheer/ribbon drapery treatment. The room overall, did give the impression of new, contemporary and stylish. I'm not sure how well some of the details will hold up in 5 years (turquoise is kind of a "now" color") but those can be easily changed out. The furniture, headboard and background choices will transition with time. Overall, a very welcome surprise.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.