Spotlight - The Cotton House

Hi !

Barcelona, that's Barcelona, Spain... It's always been on my list of must sees.  So on this day, the last of a few days off over the holiday (where client's are still traveling, vendors are closed and trucking companies aren't answering the phone) I am investigating.  I have just two more days of laying low, playing around and hanging out with my .. not home very often... first kid, Lucy.  Why Barcelona?  Well, Lucy will be spending a month in this gorgeous country come May thanks to her Spanish class.  Why not take the opportunity to crash for a day or two and bring the other two, Keith and Kate along for the ride.  She'll be in Alicante, down the coast so I am busy pondering all our options for a trip.

I am an admitted hotel snob.  Always searching for somewhere amazing and came across the Cotton House.  Wow.  Luckily it's part of  Marriott Autograph Collection and American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts both of which I have been stashing points for since our last big Europe trip when I went the same route and cashed in points for a trip to London & Paris (check out here) and then Italy (here).  I have this grand plan of spreading out big trips 2 years apart.  2015 London/Paris .. rebuild points.  2017 Italy (check out here)... rebuild points.  It's time, I miss traveling and showing the girl's as much as I can.  2019 I am thinking Spain (with a quick trip to Ireland).

Look at this place.  It has everything I want in a hotel.  Centrally located downtown and complete eye candy.  As a designer I am digging every single detail, I can't help it.  The hotel is just as important to me as the city.  AD featured this property here, and it really called my name.

Wander through with me . . . .

The thing is this... I am constantly on the design inspiration hunt and traveling is where I find it.  I love the layers in these spaces as well as the neutrals in combination.  What about that antique mirror wall and simple sofa and chairs, all classics.  The two-tone marble entry floor greats you and definitely sets the tone.  I see a mixture of modern pieces with classic design which is my favorite style and what I aim for.  Spanish designer Lazaro Rosa-Violan paid such attention to every detail.

Here's a little bit of their history from their site.
The Cotton House Hotel stands imposingly on the site of the former headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation “Fundación Textil Algodonera”, an emblematic 19th-century building in the neoclassical style which is a landmark in the city of Barcelona. Built on the orders of a family of the Catalan bourgeoisie when the textile industry was at its height, it was sold in the middle of the 20th Century to the Cotton Producers Guild which established its headquarters there with the aim of housing the highest possible number of cotton-producing bodies and services: the idea was to create a genuine Cotton House Hotel.
Finally, at the initiative of a group of hotel promoters in Barcelona, the building commenced an intense refurbishment process which culminated in January 2015 to give the beautiful Cotton House Hotel. The refurbishment project has taken great care to maintain and recover all the original elements of the building. Acclaimed interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán was commissioned with the project and has done a marvellous job, reflecting a contemporary and sophisticated style which at the same time incorporates all the functionalities needed to assure the luxury level of service and comfort that our guests deserve.
The original elements of the building have been conserved, such as the imposing marble staircase, delicate parquet and boiserie embellishing ceilings, floors and walls in some of the rooms. Also the famous spiral staircase built in 1957, the main feature of which is that it is not supported on the floor below, but is suspended from the metal frame of the upper floor, to give a light and airy aspect. At the same time, all the facilities of the building have been completely replaced, resulting in a distinguished setting full of history, yet modern and comfortable at the same time.

Gold leaf detail and striking lighting.   I love depth and layers and it's always the goal to create that along with a little old and a little new.

Floors and ceilings are your 4th and 5th walls and these are amazing.  The rich patterns are complimentary in tones and colors but add such interest, and I have always loved a touch of red.

Enjoy and hit their site, maybe I'll see you there !


Let the plans begin !

No Slacking This Year

Morning 2019 !

Wow, this was nice to wake up to at the beginning of a New Year.  Thanks so much Charlotte Agenda!  Great line up of some of my friends and peers and happy to be a part of it !  This bar is one of my all time favorite clients and jobs !!  Check out all the images here.

photos by mekenzie loli

That fun fact . . . helped Miss Megan Orrell (owner of Boem) with her Plaza Midwood Home.  A post on Charlotte Agenda sold the house from what I hear !  The power of Social Media (here)

 photos by Dustin Peck

Happy 2019 !!


Welcome to Charlotte - La Belle Helene

Hi !

Thrilled about this restaurant hitting Charlotte.  La Belle Helene.  The decor is perfect and the food is exceptional.  The minute I walked in I felt like I was back in NY or Paris but a cleaner version !

La Belle Helene
300 South Tryon
Charlotte NC

Image from QC Magazines great coverage by San Barmlett (here).

The editor of Home Design & Decor, Ashley Cox, Mr. Brown and Julian Chichester treated myself and about 20 Charlotte designers to a beautiful lunch just before Christmas in our own little private room.  (images from my Instagram stories)

It was a fabulous pre-Christmas, shut it down, catch up kind of day.  While they had a beautiful menu for us, take a look at a few images from their instagram site to wet you appetite!

Now, not only did I want to clue you into this amazing new spot downtown, I wanted to write a bit about something I am loving for 2019.  The mural.  I have been obsessing over this idea for about 6 months now and want to bring it back.  Walking into La Belle and spotting exactly what I have been thinking solidified my thoughts... the hand painted mural needs to make a come back.

I am meeting an amazing artist this morning to discuss just this.  Adding a mural to our office to not only make me happy but to show off her talents and give a little inspiration to clients for their projects !

Stay tuned in 2019 for my mural comeback !

Modern New Build

Hi !

The second of the new projects I am working on is a new build in Foxcroft.  My new client, whose office is next door to mine walked in one day in a bit of a panic needing quick help just a few weeks ago.  I had a window of time that afternoon and did a drive by to see just what was going on.  Gorgeous new house, very modern and well underway.  They just needed it pulled together.  That was a Friday.  I had a relatively low key weekend so decided to play with these boards !  Being New Yorkers, there were quick on the draw and we put it all into motion shortly after.

The new large black metal front door opens to a wide white foyer screaming for something to catch your eye.  We are pulling in an antique floor mirror, white hide and metal chair and this killer console.  That sets the tone.

The dining room has just been painted black, trim and all.  I felt a dramatic chandelier was in order. But something unexpected to contrast the sleek table and chairs in a totally different style.

Art is a big part of their lives and they have many, many pieces they have collected over the years.  Once all the pieces come in will find homes for all these pieces !  I added images to the board to steer in the color direction what I would choose, but art is very personal and subjective.   We'll see what comes into play in that space.

I would also add a vintage rug and something totally unique in the way of a tall storage piece. 

The details on this piece are amazing and again would add more interest to an all modern space.... 

Across the hall is a smaller lounge on the front of the house.  We are doing this amazing new sofa in a rich plum velvet, two leather chairs and hide ottoman.  I really want a mural (yep I said mural and stay tuned for that !!) or paper on the back wall but we are phasing that once we see how the space unfolds.   With all white walls I really think we need to depth of color and pattern to make this room not only unique but cozy.

Their kitchen is done and I used it's style to work on the large family room that overlooks the back porch, pool and pool house.  It's really a killer space.

A long breakfast space is pretty much under control with the addition of possibly two contrasting end chairs.

An art wall will add so much interest to the this long white room.

With the family room under control as well art wise, we are adding a large new rug, sofa, two swivel chairs and two modern leather chairs.

The powder room is screaming for paper.  I love this... maybe they'll cave !

And then there's the master bedroom.  New lamps, chandelier and hide dressers.  The paper may be hard hard sell as well, but we'll see !

This whole design and project happened in two weeks, some are just quick trigger pullers, and when you have a home so beautiful pulling in some great pieces isn't hard !