Archive | April, 2012

Hayley and Ty – Recent Photography Session!

30 Apr

I was honored when my best friend asked me if I would take her and her fiancé’s “save the date” pictures! Of course I said yes, but I only do photography as a fun hobby so I didn’t know if she would actually want to use one of my pictures! I had so much taking these and wouldn’t have been able to do it without Ryan’s help, who was my assistant that day! haha! Here are some snapshots of Hayley and Ty’s session! I say session like I’m a professional or something! ha!

“You’re Getting MARRIED!!!”

NYLO Hotels. Luxury Loft Boutique Lodging.

26 Apr

This past weekend my mom and I took a little trip down to Dallas to run some errands and sign lots of paper work!! :))) My family owns hotels so I always stay in the standard hotels…hampton inn, holiday inn express, quality inn, and so on. I stay there because I get discounts and who doesn’t love discounts.  Well, I’ve always had a love for boutique hotels, which are amazing! I’ve only seen most on the internet and been in a couple! One being the Hotel ZaZa in Uptown Dallas, which I didn’t take many pictures off and this hotel, The NYLO.  If you have never stayed in a NYLO you need to!!! It was amazing! I knew it was going to be cool because some people I know had stayed there before but seeing it for my own eyes was so cool!! I’m not sure if it was because I’m interested in Interior Design and I’ve learned so much the last few years, but I really pay attention to it now! If I would have been allowed to design a boutique hotel for my senior project, I would have done it 100% better than my spa project!

The NYLO Hotels are located in Plano, Texas (that is this one that Im blogging about!), Dallas,/Las Colinas, Providence, Rhode Island, and opening up this summer there will be one in Dallas Southside (which they said is downtown)!!

Check out the website http://www.nylohotels.com/

I love the branding for the NYLO everything is branded the same way down to the soap, shampoo, etc. I am somewhat into graphic design so this caught my eye!

The arrival space

love the exposed ceilings

small nooks off to the side with simple curtains

Hallway down to the hotel room! Very plain but I love it! Im a simple kind of person!

Fell in love with this artwork down the hallway on the main floor! this was located on the wall across from the meeting rooms leading down to the bar area.

Signage….I love how big and simple it is!

Another seating area with a rug that matches, this was used way more than I expected in the amount of time I was in the hotel!

In the bar area, breakfast/bunch area in the mornings

It’s all about the detailing! look how cool the tables are!

Now to the bedrooms! I am in love!! I loved the light fixtures

The brick accent wall and the side concrete walls are covered with curtains to soften the space

The bed, yes I was on the floor checking out the construction of the bed. The floor is concrete and around the bed and seating area are rugs.  I thought that because concrete was used it would be cold but it wasn’t at all, and it was even chilly outside! The concrete flooring had a normal warm temperature and my mom said she noticed how it was warmer around the bed!

Sitting area in the bedroom

Door to the bathroom, I love the industrial, modern fee

The top of the shower is exposed and open into the rest of the room (the shower is that rounded piece of glass)

The lighting in the bathroom is perfect for putting on makeup!

I love how the mirror extends into the shower!

Our stay at the hotel was one to remember and I hope I get to stay in one again!! I hope these hotels continue to grow and expand all over the u.s. and the world! I loved the atmosphere and the bed was even comfortable!! I didn’t feel like I was in a normal hotel and I loved that!

If you have a chance to stay at a NYLO, DO IT!! You won’t regret it!

The designer of the space is Stephane Dupoux with Dupoux Design

Eighty-Six Bar & Restaurant

23 Apr

Last spring break I took a break from Italy and traveled to Paris and London with my dad.  In London, I met up with one of my best friends, Allie Reese who lived there at the time. She suggested that we go a restaurant called, Eighty-Six.  Of course we said, Sure!, if someone that lives in town recommends a restaurant it must be good right? Well not only was the food delicious,  I was immediately awed by the interior design of this restaurant.  This 3-story restaurant starts with the ground floor that serves as the cocktail bar,

“the first floor dining room is a sensuous space bathed in alluring gold leaf. Charlotte Cory portraits from yesteryear have been brought to the future with the superimposition of various animal heads providing diners with a glamorous atmosphere. The restaurant absorbs the buzz from the ground floor bar through the open gallery in the middle of the room.”

And the second floor is the perfect party space for private dining.

“Designed with versatility and enjoyment in mind, the elaborate second floor space is entirely self-contained, with a private bar, waiter, loos, iPod dock and two atmospheric fireplaces. It’s ideal for private dining, cocktail parties, intimate gatherings and corporate events.”
Designed by DesignLSM –

The brief was to create a venue that appealed to its local Fulham and Chelsea residents for different occasions.  The interior should incorporate an informal stylish bar to the ground floor level and restaurant to the perimeter mezzanine allowing visual interaction between the 2 spaces. The completed look and feel of the space should be one of quality and discreet glamour.

More space was created for the front of house section by removing the existing large island bar and relocating it to the left hand side of the room.The ground floor has long charcoal velvet chesterfields with a backdrop of black lacquered random sized panels and a beautifully finished mirror polished steel bar as a centrepiece. Floors are a mixture of dark woods, mosaics, and a central featured inset rug.

The mezzanine level has a slightly more informal feel with a backdrop of glamorous gold panels cladding the walls. A playful use of angled gilt mirrors gives the impression of a high ceiling and creates different perspectives around the room.

The mirrors on the ceiling were to die for!!!
I love the simple detailing on the wall!
yes! ghost chairs with cushions!
The vanity lighting along the top of the wall, so cool!
I love everything about the design of this restaurant and hope that one day I get to design something like this!! I am so glad Allie took my dad and I here!

De-Clutter Your Life!

19 Apr

Do you ever feel cluttered? I do! For the past few months I’ve been trying to come up with clever ways to de-clutter and become more organized in random situations, because we all know the busier we get, the messier we get! I have found some great ideas on Pinterest, follow my board “Organization” on Pinterest for more clever ways to get organized!

get rid of messy cords with binder clips!

hang necklaces with an old rake!

create a neat looking (hidden) storage container with a wooden box and old broken off book ends!

Add sandpaper to the top of a mason jar lid and add some matches!

A pull-out organized wire drawer for easy accessibility! Also add hooks to the back of the cabinet doors for hair dryers and curling irons!

Corkboard or piece of wood covered in burlap with drawer knobs for easy jewelry organization

All-around sink drawer for those kitchen neccessities

Old frames with small hooks and wire strung across for more jewelry organization

Recycled Coffee can to hold plastic bags

Clipboards covered in scrapbook paper for wall organization to post important things!

Shower curtain hooks on a bathroom rod for necklaces and bracelets!

Chalkboard Vinyl Stickers on clear jars for pantry and kitchen organization!

I hope to use some of these ideas in the future!! Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to look at my pinterest page!

Mist Medical and Wellness Spa Part 2

16 Apr

It’s done!! My senior project is done!!! yay!!! As this post is being publicized, if the time slots went like planned today I am presenting my project at this moment! These are my final presentation boards minus the large floor plans and section that I showed in the last post! The bottom 4-5 boards are 16″x20″ material boards with the actual materials that are shown in the spaces. Pictures just don’t even do these boards justice because they are full of depth and weight! They are much cooler in person! Take a look at the last picture as I tried to show some depth in it! Hope you enjoy! :)

“Mist Medical and Wellness Spa”

9 Apr

I just had a bit of relief come off my shoulders today, not all of it, but most!!! The digital part of the project is FINITO, now onto material boards!! Here is a preview of what I have completed and have been working on all semester!! Tons and tons of hard work went into this project and I am proud of what I have completed! I now feel like I could do almost anything in Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, and InDesign! ha!

Here is the building that holds “Mist Medical and Wellness Spa.” It is located on the 2nd-4th floors on the lower curved portion.

Floor Plans

Reflected Ceiling Plans

Axonometrical Floor Plan

Section Looking North

Arrival-Entrance on 2nd level

Treatment Room

Women’s Relaxation Room

Yoga Studio

Retail

Juice Bar

Hope you enjoyed it! Now to pay attention to my other classes for a few days and get some sleep! oh I can’t wait!

This time last year….

6 Apr

As I try to keep my sanity finishing up my project, I had to think of something that makes me happy!  I thought of what I was doing at exactly this time last year compared to what I am doing this year.  Doesn’t even compare!

Ryan and I and few of our friends jumped on the train for 10 Euro and took off to Positano, Italy and the Isle of Capri! What an amazing weekend! It was so relaxing, just what we needed!

This year I am slaving away on two to three computers going cross-eyed and losing my mind because of lack of sleep, but its worth it because I am almost done with school! yay!

Ryan is a senior architecture major at the University of Tennessee this year.  He is designing a sailing school on a site in Positano, Italy. I will post about it after his project is complete! It’s pretty cool!