Boutique hotel design

Boutique Hotels: The New Hangout

Blurred Lines

More, now than ever, the line between our work life and private life is becoming blurred.  We take work home, our smart phones only get turned off (if at all) right before it’s ‘lights out’.  We want our office spaces to be more residential, and our homes to offer the function and simplicity that was once relegated only to our work spaces.

The Wow Factor

Given access to so much beautiful design via the internet, it’s no wonder we look to boutique hotels and restaurants to scratch that itch we have for the “wow” factor.  We might not tolerate so much bling, so much color, so much richness in our homes, but it’s nice to escape to a space where fantasy runs rampant while we take that weekend away, meet coworkers to review the next presentation, or catch up with friends over a meal.

Entrance lobby of a luxurious hotelGetty images 139959582

Private to Public Consumption

No doubt, our homes must become ever streamlined and functional as we rush in and out of our domiciles.  We land long enough to take care of the essentials such as laundry, dinner, and school permission forms.   Our interiors must support our pace, as well as our ever growing craving for technology and function.  Millennials, as well as those of us rethinking our proiorities and relationship with materialism, are searching more for experiences, rather than stuff.  We might not be quick  to invest in our own interiors.  So if we aren’t putting the divine details into our residences, it is no wonder that the boutique hotel and restaurant phenomenon has taken off.  The wonderful thing is that rather than sublime design being created for a wealthy few, it is now available  for public consumption.

 

 

 

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I grew up in a modest ranch house on an acre of land in New England. My parents were both curious people, and the house was filled with books on art, history, and science. There was a particularly beautiful, ornate bookcase filled with National Geographic magazines. I loved pouring over these magazines, looking at the mesmerizing photographs that transported the reader to all areas of the globe. I also loved learning about different cultures and traditions.

A job in my early 20s offered a modest salary but a high yearly bonus – giving me an opportunity to save and then travel extensively.  I traveled for six months, worked abroad for another six, and then traveled some more. Home sickness and a dwindling bank account led me home. I missed not only my family but also my fellow Americans and their unique brand of optimism and energy.

Life became settled  — marriage, kids and an array of jobs that eventually led to a second career in interior design. I had the privilege of working with incredibly talented people to bring exceptional commercial design to life.

Designers are required to keep abreast of products, services, and developments in the design industry.  I’ve chosen to focus on the boutique hotel industry.  I want to support this area of enterprise both for the quality of design these establishments strive to achieve and for their intent to create exceptional experiences for clients.  This also applies to the emerging airbnb model of offering hospitality along with memorable guest experiences.

My goal is to merge my travel and design experience to bring design assistance,  resources, practical advice, and inspiration to those seeking to offer exceptional design and hospitality as well as to inspire the travelers of the world.

Enjoy the journey.

Lauren