Painting Project

3 Oct

Last week I had a few free days so I decided this task had to be done!

I had been wanting to paint my apartment since before I even moved in, but never got around to it.  (Mainly because they said if I painted it, I would have to paint it back white before I moved out).  After renewing my lease for a few more months, I couldn’t stand to look at the white walls anymore.  Since my apartment is little, I just wanted to paint two accent walls.

I started moving furniture, taping the walls, and I was done with both walls in 4 hours!

I chose Sherwin Williams-Dovetail in eggshell/satin—I also chose Emerald Paint because it has no VOCs.

The emerald paint was amazing in this small space, there was hardly any paint smell and it applied well with it being a paint and primer in one. I definitely recommend it!

 

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Stylin’

23 Aug

Last week, my friend Anna and I went to D’s Magazine’s Style Sheet Party! We had tons of fun and met lots of bloggers and “frequent” faces I’ve seen on T.V.

We went mainly because Anna works for D Mag, but also because we love to get dressed up, and who doesn’t love a few free cocktails!! Little did we know we would meet Courtney Kerr, from Most Eligible Dallas, Hilari Younger from this past season of HGTV Design Star, and Gregg Asher from fashionbaggage.com

Also we were on the front page of D Magazine Style Sheet Website! So cool!

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Rome, Italy

15 Aug

A video I made after I spent 5 months in Italy, such great memories!

Hammocks for Cats?

8 Aug

As a cat lover, I thought this was a great idea. This is a great way to clear clutter in a small space.  Instead of a cat bed or all the other cat furniture you can find, this utilizes the wasted space underneath an exisiting chair! I want one for my future kitty!

Hyatt Regency Renovation after Hurricane Katrina

1 Aug

The June 2012 Issue of “Architectural Products” featured an article about the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.  The hotel was was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and taken under a $275 million renovation a few years later by Looney and Associates.

Looney’s Design is illustrated in the article:

“We wanted to make sure we captured some of the dynamic nature of New Orleans, but not in a predictable or trite way. Our goal was to minimize the things that dated the property and maximize the things that made it modern.”

As the article says, the renovation included revitalization of the existing 1,200 room guest tower and the addition of a new two-story adjacent building that houses the hotel’s new entrance and grand ballroom.

The Hyatt Regency served as the city’s headquarters during the peak of Hurricane Katrina, as the property was used to move evacuees from their homes to the neighboring Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Under new ownership and a highly, re-developed renovation the Hyatt Regency re-opened its doors in October 2011.

“Great Lobbies”

25 Jul

Hospitality Design Magazine featured “Great Lobbies” in their magazine almost a year ago. Searching the internet, these images and their concepts caught my eye.

 

Hilton Anatole in Dallas, designed my San Rafael-based EDG, resembles a town center, active day and night.

Hilton Anatole Food and Beverage component has a grab & go counter which increases revenue while offering guests an immersive experience.

Hilton McLean – After a $40 million renovation by Atlanta firm, TVS. The Hilton McLean Tysons Corner now features an 18-hour bar with a sculptural light element that morphs the space from day to night

Holiday Inn lobbies have been transformed into Social Hubs complete with modular furniture.

This Holiday Inn breakfast area transitions into a bar to keep guests on site and increase social interaction.

Le Meridien in Barcelona has a new lobby concept, called Latitude Bar, serving coffee and food by day and wine at night.

Last by not least, my favorite out of all of these. 

The TRYP by Wyndham, located in the heart of Times Square in New York City, has a new select-service brand geared towards younger audiences, is nicknamed Plaza Central. The design, by BBG-BBGM, is known for postcard lights and chesterfield sofas.

Hotels are now all about interaction, the TRYP encourages this by featuring a communal table, bar, library, and gastrobar.

 

http://www.hospitalitydesign.com/hospitalitydesign/galleries/Projects-172.shtml#

#1 Top Resort in the Continental U.S.

18 Jul

On Monday, July 9th, Travel + Leisure’s feature director Nilou Motamed announced on the NBC Today Show that The Osprey is the #1 Top Resort in the Continental U.S. in the magazine’s 2012 World’s Best Awards Reader’s Survey.

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and….guess who designed it?? LOONEY AND ASSOCIATES! (where I’m interning!)

“The Osprey at Beaver Creek, formerly known as The Inn at Beaver Creek, offers 45 luxurious accommodations and two penthouse residences, sophisticated alpine-chic decor, a hotspot social scene, and posh-yet-playful services and amenities. The boutique hotel features The Osprey Lounge with a tapas-style menu, outdoor heated pool with lounge seating, a fire pit and full bar service. Guests can utilize a fitness facility with steam room and sauna, ski valet and ski storage, plus personal concierge services.”
(http://news.ospreyatbeavercreek.rockresorts.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=689)

The Osprey was highlighted for its charming, chic luxury, its après ski scene in the winter, and the variety of activities available in the summer. As well, compared to the other resorts featured the property’s affordability was called out.

“The Osprey’s sophisticated design incorporates warm colors and richly textured surfaces (including leather, birch, iron and onyx) made from locally sourced stone, indigenous metals and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood. Water-efficient plumbing and energy-efficient lighting fixtures further showcase the hotel’s commitment to the environment. Dallas-based architect and design firm Looney & Associates created the hotel’s new, modern look.” (http://news.ospreyatbeavercreek.rockresorts.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=689)

Anyways, thought this was super cool so that’s why I am sharing! Hope you enjoy it too! Go to Beaver Creek and stay there!

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Italy, France, and London

23 May

I am so excited about moving into my new apartment and framing some of my photographs! Im going to hang these puppies over the couch they will each be 17″ x 21″.

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Summer Internship

17 May

I am so blessed to have been offered a summer internship at Looney and Associates in Dallas, Texas. I am in love with the work they do and couldn’t be happier that I get to work on their projects and learn from them this summer!

Looney and Associates is an Architecture and Interior Design firm that specializes in Hotels and Resorts! Offices are located in Dallas and Chicago!

Since I was little, I have been interested in hotel design, it may even be what sparked my interest in Interior Design! With my family owning 3 hotels in my hometown, I got to experience the process of them being built.  My dad always took me to the construction sites and I’m sure I complained about it, but I’m glad he made me go. Even though I was young, I can still remember small details in the construction and interiors.  My dad always had boards with carpet samples on them in his office, trying to pick out the best color choice for the hotels. That is one thing I remember.  After seeing these hotels being built and even working in one in high school, I feel like I have a high understanding of hotel design.  There is something about knowing what all went into the spacial layout and design and getting to see the stuff the public doesn’t see.

Here is one of my favorite projects by Looney and Associates, The Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel in San Francisco, California

Also, I had the opportunity to stay in the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California in 2008. The Hotel del Coronado is a very old hotel but some villas are newly renovated, this is the part that Looney and Associates has designed! I had just started Interior Design back then and as I am always mesmerized with hotel rooms and take pictures of them all, I remember walking in the very, spacious hotel room and saying, “Wow! this is amazing!!” I loved everything about it! Come to find out, when I was applying for internships I was drawn to this firm because I had stayed in a hotel they had designed!!

My goal for the future is to go stay in as many hotels that Looney and Associates has designed and hopefully one day I’ll get to stay in a Hotel that I helped design!! Can’t wait!

Check out the website and view the rest of their projects!

http://www.looney-associates.com/