Hotel Heaven

By: Jennifer Culp – Interior Designer

Contributor’s website: JC Design Studios

About this time every summer I start becoming desperate to get away.  It’s hot, nobody is around and I feel the need to do some relaxing!  So I start secretly plotting my escape (while I’m supposed to be working of course).  You see as a designer there is nothing better than going to some fabulous hotel, where the design is already perfect and all you have to do is sit there and enjoy it.  Hotels provide a temporary escape to a new design environment.  You get a glimpse of what it’s like to live in a colonial house, a beach bungalow or even a tent in the jungle.  The possibilities are endless and the experiences invaluable.

Good hotels will evoke a mood, and create an atmosphere that compliments your surroundings.  You are left with an “experience”.  So much can be learned from hotel design and translated to your own home.  What feeling do you want your home to evoke?  What is your home’s history and story?

Here are my three hotel escapes this year… I better get packing!

India Hicks, not only lives a charmed life, but has created the ultimate retreat in her Hibiscus Hill Harbour Island, Bahamas Resort.

Ahhh the island life…

Love the casual feel and the white painted floors

Mint Julep anyone?

Next I am off to the Uxua Casa Hotel in Trancoso Brazil.

I have no words to describe this picture…

The pink doors kill me… too cool

What charm…

Now I move on to a local California stop, my family will be happy to know,  The Parker in Palm Springs.

This hotel is comfortable and casually chic.  I think I could live here.

Design Tip:

Capture some of that hotel magic in your own home.  Even if you only have one room to work with, try to evoke a specific experience in that room.  A reminder of somewhere you’ve traveled, or a place that makes you happy.  That way when you are stuck at home, like me, at least you can have a staycation!

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Contributor’s website: JC Design Studios

Image Credits:  Hibiscus Hill Harbour Island,; Uxua Casa Hotel,; The Parker,

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