Tag Archives: Interior Design

#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!

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/

Design Books

15 May

My three favorite design books/coffee table books!! If you don’t have them, you should get them! They are so fun and full of great ideas for the home!

 

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How Design can Save your Skin

9 May

A description of Interior Design human factors during a Zombie Apocalypse

 

Watch this video my group and I made for our Human Factors class!

The last and final draw…

6 May

This past Wednesday marked the last day of studio…forever! The last part of our project consisted of a small set of construction documents.  We were required to do Furniture, Finish, and Accessory Schedules to finish out the small details of the design! Here of some examples of what I did!

Furniture Schedule

Finish Schedule

Accessories Schedule

Some details…

HomeMint

3 May

Justin Timberlake making his way into the design world! I saw this advertised on elledecor.com and thought it was super cool! I don’t really know what it is all about but I like what I see! I’m hoping for affordable home decor! :) Not sure if it will be but thats why I am interested, they keep me hanging! I am furnishing my very first apartment right now and I love affordable prices because I like to change my mind a lot! Anyways if I can’t afford it, I will still enjoy looking at it!!

Copy and Paste this link into your web browser and get put on the wait list for early access and discounts to the line! http://hmnt.co/WVB

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-homes/articles/justin-timberlake-home-mint

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

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! :)

Activity 1: Treatment Room

20 Mar

Here is the process of designing the treatment rooms! As you can see I had a few different ideas.  Storage is a big necessity in these spaces so I incorporated more storage as the ideation process went on.

Sample board of what will be shown in the space.

Wall Color: SW 6286 Mature Grape

Back Wall in-between the cabinets: Modular Art Tiles-Dune

Lighting: *(Changed from the sample board)

  • Bling Chandelier/Semi-Flushmount by Robert Abbey
  • 2 dimmable recessed can lights

Countertop:

  • Corian-Designer White

Cabinets:

  • The gray laminate will change to a wood laminate, I noticed that the gray laminate will get dirty too easily with fingerprints, etc.

Plumbing:

  • Kohler: Crucible Vessels above-counter lavatory
  • Kohler: Falling Water wall-mount lavatory faucet

Flooring:

  • Crossville Tile: Porcelain Stone Seal Taupe

Molding:

  • White River Hardwoods Crown Molding/White
  • Johnsonite: Rubber Base Molding/White

Defining Public Space

12 Mar

The week we were to define the public space in our project, I chose to define the Juice Bar area.  The pictures below describe the ideation process I went through.

The floor plan for the 3rd sketch.

The floor plan for the sketch above.

After my desk crit, I was told I need to develop the area more and I took it into consideration to redo that side of the building on the 4th floor. Here is my new idea which Im starting to like a lot better!

Here are some rough drafts of what the space will look like, this is the retail area that leads into the juice bar.

Here is a rough image of the new juice bar area.

Some materials that will be used:

  • Corian Mint Ice or Lime Ice…still deciding
  • Knoll Space CHIP Chair
  • Knoll Studio Arena Cafe Tables
  • Back-Painted Glass for ceiling element and backdrop for retail cash wrap
  • Cube Pendants by Tech Lighting
  • 3D Wall Decor behind the juice bar
  • Sherwin Williams Paint Colors

Thanks for reading!