retro modern design

All images from Wythe Hotel

A week ago, we found the perfect secluded modern getaway for Valentine's Day. Today we find seclusion and solace in the big city with Brooklyn NY's Wythe Hotel. From the lobby on, this retro modern design is a lesson in how to tastefully overlay contemporary looks onto time-worn structures.

We love the eclectic look of the dining room at Reynard, the in-house eatery by local restaurateur Andrew Tarlow. We also love how wall lights with modern retro styling can freshen any space in a historically sensitive manner.

reynard restaurant

Guestroom views look out over the East River onto Manhattan. Furnishings are minimal, classy and classic.

Wythe Hotel Guestroom

Clad in white tile with a black and white color scheme, the bathroom is gentlemanly in its appeal. The trick to bathrooms? Start with clean, large modern mirrors. Line them with a pair of sconces for nice, even fill lighting.

Vintage bathroom design

And of course the best thing about not staying in Manhattan? Putting back a night cap in the 6th floor Ides bar with an honest view of the skyline in the distance.

ides bar view

The price of a weekend in New York is bound to set you back a bit. Alternatively, you can take a few tricks from the hotel's book and spend that vacation-earmarked cash renovating your own home. Think sconces...for the bathroom, bedside, bar or anywhere.

modern wall sconces

Holtkoetter Old Bronze Bernie Turbo Wall Lamp, Hinkley Abbie Chrome Wall Sconce, Faux Alabaster Modern Rectangle Wall Sconce

Blending new and vintage is the key to retro modern design. If you have an older home or are just working with existing, older furnishings, have fun finding a eclectic look that works for you. 

Images: Wythe Hotel