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  • Blog Post: Get the Look: Retro-Modern Chic at The Parker

    There are few places on earth that feel as retro-tastic chic as The Parker Palm Springs designed by Jonathan Adler. It's my favorite hotel in the desert. It has a combination of mid-century modern pieces with Moroccan accents, pops of color and a general playfulness that makes it so dang...
  • Blog Post: Eclectic Decorating at the Palihouse Hotel

    Image from Est Magazine That oddball mix of furnishings and decor dotting your house isn't mismatched...it's curated. And that very mindset is the key to eclectic decorating. The Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood has elevated mismatching to an art form, creating an inviting atmosphere that...
  • Blog Post: Industrial Interior Design: Melrose Market

    Looking for industrial interior design style inspiration? Melrose Market in Seattle's uber-hip Capitol Hill neighborhood is a collection of artisanal market stands and restaurants in a triangular block of storefronts once occupied by two auto shops. Despite the raw, rusted surroundings, this renovated...
  • Blog Post: Classical Meets Modern: The House Hotel

    There's something infectious about eclectic design; you know, that not-easily-recreated look in which classical usually abuts modern. The House Hotel Galatasaray , in Istanbul, Turkey, is a sterling example of this approach. The hotel in a word? Grand. In two more words? Tastefully so. Original...
  • Blog Post: Modern Luxury Hotel Design: Square Nine

    What is the purpose of vacation? To disconnect. Relax. Recharge. Be inspired. Assuming so, it would then follow that those goals should serve as guiding principles in any modern luxury hotel design. Set amid the streets of historic Belgrade, Square 9 hits the mark. Public spaces such as the...
  • Blog Post: Modern Hotel Design: Hotel Miura

    Let's just admit it: not all hotels are created equal. Located in rural Czech Republic, the Hotel Miura (designed by Czech firm Labor 13 ) blends contemporary cosmopolitan sophistication with country surroundings, for a modern hotel design that's stunning in an equally stunning locale. A palette...
  • Blog Post: Hotel Design: Andaz Amsterdam's Fairy Tale Design

    The Andaz Amsterdam was designed by hotel design extraordinaire Marcel Wanders. The Dutch designer infused an old library situated on the "Prince Canals" of Amsterdam with whimsy and cultural character of the surrounding upscale community. Bold graphics and sculptural furniture are...
  • Blog Post: Design Review: Palihouse Santa Monica

    Palihouse has taken its modern brand to the beach and I can’t wait to see the full hotel design when it opens this summer. Palihouse Santa Monica is a 36-room beach lodge in a Spanish Colonial Revival-style building, which has been deemed a historic landmark by the City of Santa Monica. At...
  • Blog Post: Modern Restaurant Design: Superba Snack Bar

    We can't get enough of the unique and innovative modern restaurant design in Venice Beach, CA and we're really crushing on Superba Snack Bar. Venice Beach is always a refreshing local, providing a little fun in the sun with a meal at Superba Snack Bar . This laid back Rose Ave hangout is worth...
  • Blog Post: Palm Springs Modernism Week: Postcard from Hotel Lautner

    Palm Springs Modernism Week takes the SoCal desert by storm every February. To take a break from this snow-bird's roster of design events, tours and exhibitions (as well as endless unsanctioned parties and pop-ups), consider losing yourself just outside of town in the desert sun at the Hotel Lautner...
  • Blog Post: Wythe Hotel: Brooklyn Urban Hotel Design

    The Wythe Hotel located in the heart of Brooklyn, has been receiving many praises since opening in May of this year. This 8 story, 72-room urban hotel blends into the historic core of Brooklyn and it's prime waterfront location. The building itself, a former textile factory, has many impressive features...
  • Blog Post: Modern Porcelain Tiles: A Perfect Combination of Innovation and Tradition

    Many amazing things are happening in the world of architectural materials and more specifically modern porcelain tiles. The Pinocchi Collection from 14OraItaliana has the look and feel of plywood, but the durability and sustainability of a porcelain tile! Since plywood has become a more popular material...
  • Blog Post: Modern Decor and Italian Architecture Meet at Byblos Art Hotel

    The Byblos Art Hotel in Verona, Italy is both a contemporary art museum as well as a 5-star hotel. Traditional Italian villa on the outside and over-the-top modern madness on the inside. Stepping inside is sure to be a wake-up for your senses. The hotel is filled with modern works from the likes of Frank...
  • Blog Post: Spanish Castles: Modern Hotel Design

    Spain may be teetering on the edge of the debt disaster that plagues many of its Mediterranean neighbors, but that doesn't mean the country isn't unveiling a handful of the hottest modern hotel design around. Big name international designers are creating some of the most eye-catching, ultra modern...
  • Blog Post: A Modern Coffeehouse and Gallery: Graffiti Cafe

    Have you been searching for the perfect modern coffeehouse to meet your clients at, have a quick business meeting, or just get some work done? Well if you're in Los Angeles, look no further, Graffiti Cafe is the perfect place! The interior is a clean black and white palette with painted white floors...
  • Blog Post: Plan Check: Industrial Restaurant Design

    Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is a quaint little restaurant located in West LA's Little Osaka. Many of you might be familiar with this area for the sushi, but maybe you've frequented the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety on a regular basis to have your plans reviewed for permitting. The...
  • Blog Post: BaseCamp: rustic modern boutique hotel

    BaseCamp Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Lake Tahoe. It reflects exactly what you might think from its name, the ideals and adventures of a base camp. A comfortable place where travelers can share stories and tips in communal spaces, rest up, and prepare for a day of exploration. Walk out the door...
  • Blog Post: La Maison Champs Elysees: Modern Hotel Design

    I am constantly researching modern hotel design all around the world, so a trip that ends in La Maison Champs Elysees , is a trip that ends well! This was a complete surprise! I tend to travel with no expectations as to be able to view things with an open and pure mind. The beauty of this hotel would've...
  • Blog Post: Barbara Bestor Shakes Up the Design at Pitfire Pizza

    Barbara Bestor has always been one of my favorite Los Angeles Architects and she proves herself to me once again. If someone was going to successfully transform this old concrete-box Shakey's Pizza surrounded by an asphalt parking lot into a fun and modern hangout, who else would it be? Well, Bestor...
  • Blog Post: Hospitality Design Spotlight: The Saguaro Palm Springs

    Take one franchise hotel with an outdated design, add some colorful paint, a little branding and voila... a super cool weekend getaway destination! The Saguaro hotel, located in South Palm Springs on East Palm Canyon, just recently opened in February 2012. Saguaro means large cactus in Spanish and there...
  • Blog Post: Palihotel Interior Design Has Creative Appeal

    The Palihotel in Los Angeles is an ideally located urban hotel designed especially to appeal to creative travelers of all ages. Located in the heart of the Melrose Ave. Shopping District in Los Angeles making this the perfect place for the urban traveler to stay. It is also the first boutique hotel to...
  • Blog Post: Portland, You're so 1890's.

    As I'm walking around Portland this past weekend I'm asking myself..."Are you really so 1890's?" Whether the 1890's are a fad or lifestyle, I think there are some amazing things that going back to your roots can bring to this modern world. And that's about when I saw the...

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