Who doesn’t love a good transformation?
The very reason why we tune into daytime talk shows especially when they’re featuring some sort of makeover…The very reason why HGTV’s on the top of my hit list…and why DIY network’s very close behind…From a complete gut renovation to some major architectural detailing…Here’s how I transformed a once outdated inn from super stale to fashionably FAB!
R E C E P T I O N
First off, the floor plan was all wrong. Upon entry, guests were greeted with a reflection of themselves in a floor to ceiling mirror (see first pic) instead of a receptionist. Standing reception almost feels too cold and casual so I opted to transform this tiny box into a custom banquette space instead. That way, you can drop off your bags at a plush seating area instead of right on the floor where dirt and debris can get to it.
Next came paint, lighting, a customized wall-to-wall velvet banquette, and some fabulous architectural details like panel molding gilded in the most glamorous metallic to really help the space shine like a jewel box of a hotel. Mirrors double the space while reflecting much needed light into this abandoned windowless corner.
Doesn’t the space immediately feel more inviting??
New Reception Area
Next came the new reception area. I’ve always wanted to design a small hotel with seated reception since it’s a departure from the expected and sooooo much more glamorous to outfit. Since the first impression is the most important one, I draped the walls in a rich printed brocade to mimic a grand theater interior. Almost like a sneak peek into the main attraction.
When dealing with a franchise, it’s always prudent to know what’s required in the event of a re-design. For example, Quality Inn has specific signage that needs to be incorporated and featured at reception. I had these individual letters that were required for signage so instead of backing them onto just any ol’ board, I found this gorgeous antique mirror with just the right amount of glam and gold to accent the space. Not only does the brand become front row and center, it’s highlighted in such a stylish way, guests look forward to seeing what’s in store for them during their short stay. Anticipation is an integral proponent to the most memorable designs!
L O B B Y
I abhor structural beams. The bane of my design existence but a typical challenge nonetheless. Instead of cladding this honkin’ piece of steel in mosaics and hard stones, I opted to keep it simple. Gypsum and some paint should suffice. Now she’s an architectural centerpiece to the lobby design. Perfect for rotating fresh seasonal flowers or artwork!
Before, the lobby was divided into 2 smaller spaces: one for seating and one for dining. I demolished this retaining wall to open the space up and make it one long galley. This allows for natural light to stream through the band of windows without disrupting the flow for guests.
It’s imperative to test small samples of color before committing to the whole shabang. Different colors react differently to the light filling the space so always, ALWAYS paint small patches before painting entire walls. I initially LOVED the last (3rd) blue on the swatch but when I saw it in the space I knew it would be too depressing and wayyyy too dark to deem “luxe.” Natural lighting makes ALL the difference.
Doesn’t every haute hotel deserve some marble flooring??? I think so!
I wanted to break up our now lengthy lobby space into 3 distinct vignettes with a custom color story for each. One turquoise, one violet, and one rouge. The last thing any guest wants is to share space with other guests. It almost feels like your own private living room complete with rich accessories and global accents. Like you’re traveling afar to feel close to home. Ahhhh, can’t ya just imagine kicking back in these sumptuous custom club chairs?? Fit for a queen!
D I N I N G
Before, the dining area was regulated to the rear of the lobby. Way too much space without much design intent made for lackluster visuals and a total waste of premium square footage. I divided this space up into 2 distinct areas, one for casual dining and one for more formal dining. Notice the usage of excessive mirrors. Cavernous spaces BEG for more light!
The formal dining space now doubles as a library where guests can either eat, read a book, or reserve the entire back lot for business meetings if guests are in town for a convention. Think “multi-purpose” when designing small spaces. You’ll never regret making major design statements when the space is used for a variety of functions.
P O O L and S P A
Before, the pool was all concrete and no design. Almost looks like a prison cell with those black bars! With the addition of some stained-wood plank decking, bright and bold outdoor furniture, and some strategic planting with lush greenery, we can now call this our very own urban tropical oasis. I’d KILL to be relaxing here right about now.
…or here. I’m not picky ;D
Thanks for joining me while I detail this lengthy process y’all! I find it much more informative if I break down the steps rather than showing y’all just a bunch of pretty “after” photos. Please let me know if you have any questions about the design. I’ll do my best to answer it all to help you infuse modern global glamour into your very own space!
Come back later this week as I source all the gorgeousness that’s been especially curated for this project! You won’t wanna miss the special edition of shop ’til you drop!!!