West Hollywood Chamberlain Hotel

During the Design Bloggers Conference, the question was posed: “If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?” Kelly Wearstler was my response. I admire her daring design and attention to detail, and it looks like her protégé, David McCauley, is just as savvy!

My first year out of design school was very challenging, to say the least. I hadn’t traveled much at this point, and Louisiana was painfully traditional (heavy, dark fabrics and furniture that covered every inch, it seemed, of any surface that could possibly be adorned.) I wondered how long I would have to bear these things I secretly detested!? Thank goodness the internet was starting to come into its glory because my date with destiny and introduction to Hollywood Regency would soon follow! At last! A style that was exhilarating and unexpected (and didn’t involve roosters!).

During my visit to L.A., I found so many inspiring stores, landscape, and architecture, that I decided to extend my trip and check-in at the fabulous West Hollywood Chamberlain Hotel. I was enamored with the way David McCauley effortlessly layered bold geometric patterns, mirrors, and pops of color throughout.

Successful design requires repetition of shapes, patterns, and/or color. You can see how he has carried the geometric pattern throughout.

Even the ceiling didn’t go unnoticed.

Notice the repetition of small artwork creating a large impact.

Column details…

I love a beautiful vignette.

Here’s our room:

What a great way to divide the space!

There is only a 1-2 inch step down in the shower. It is subtle but functional, and makes the flooring into the shower look seamless.

Chamberlain’s Bistro designed with Old World Glamour in mind.

The canopy detail diffuses light.

I was able to get a little work done think about which Hollywood celebrity I would run into next on the rooftop pool deck.

I believe the outdoors should be as beautiful as your interiors.

The monogrammed lounge chair covers can be easily removed. Can you see why a designer is never really on vacation? Our minds never rest…I’m taking pictures of terrycloth!

Even our tray paper was glamorous!

What do you think? Are you ready to add a little glamour to your home!?

Thank you Lisa FergusonJennifer Brouwer for so graciously sharing your room!


Geodes & Gemstones

I was first introduced to Jamie Beckwith from the DecorMentor blog. It features fabulous designers and articles including professional design advice and buying guides. I have a major obsession with geodes, so my jaw hit the floor when I saw this product!

Jamie had the brilliant idea of taking crystals, geodes and gemstones and attaching them to wood blocks to create a beautiful wall masterpiece.

Another part of her collection is the Enigma floor. There are 14 different patterns available to embellish your floors, walls or ceilings.

Thank you Lisa for your feature on Ms. Beckwith!


Design Is In the Details

Details are what make or break a space. They are what separate a good space from a great space. I think everyone is usually intrigued in seeing details used for the first time in unique ways. I was immediately drawn to the cover of this month’s Country Living magazine. Wow! I didn’t even realize from afar that the focal point was created by using multiple ceiling medallions! You can find these at your local big box home improvement stores or just google the word to find many unique styles.

Or look closely at this Anthropologie wallpaper.

This looks like it was done by hand with a pencil! hmmmmmmm…….

How creative is this!? Chandeliers made of wooden coat hangers:

Another detail from Country Living – all can be found at a harware store.

Or the door handle detail of Lucky Jeans‘ doors (made me do a double take!)

The next time you are running around town, stop for a few minutes and take note of the details. It’s amazing what’s been there all along but we rarely stop to notice.

What is the most unique detail you have seen lately?