HD Talks

Tech Support

Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Trends, Web/Tech | 0 comments

I am not particularly savvy when it comes to technology. I groaned when I had to give up my Motorola Razr (may she rest in peace) for a smartphone. I’m more of an analog gamer, preferring Scrabble to Words With Friends, and I only have four apps on my phone: MapMyRun (a glaring and constant reminder of my laziness), Facebook  and Instagram (which I’m beholden to), and one that turns friends into unicorns (used more frequently than I care to admit).

But even I, with my remedial tech skills, know I’m a slave to the digital world. And because it’s a staple in everyday life, it’s not surprising that technology has taken over the hospitality industry, as well. In an article on Millennial-designed hotels for our May issue, I spoke with brand managers, designers, and hotel owners who all said the same thing: The most important design elements aren’t opulent installations but outlets, USB ports, and broadband internet. Continue reading →

On the Scene in DC

Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I had the chance to attend my first HD CitySCENE next generation networking party last week, held at The Graham Georgetown in Washington, DC. We had a great turnout and it was exciting for me to see the energy and enthusiasm hospitality design professionals have for these events. One attendee even commented to me that CitySCENE is her favorite HD event because it allows people who work in the same city but rarely see each other the chance to get together and catch up—in a fabulous venue, of course.

The Graham opened last April, and we were lucky enough to be able to take advantage of the sunny, semi-spring weather (quite the change for those of us who spent the winter on the East Coast) on the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge, where we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

A special thanks to our sponsors for making the evening possible: Durkan, Fairmont Designs, Global Allies, Kevin Barry Fine Art Associates, Kohler, RH Contract, Shaw Hospitality, and Soho Myriad. Continue reading →

Sky High at High Point Market

Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

I almost didn’t make it to High Point Market.

Two hours before my flight was scheduled to depart from New York City for Greensboro, North Carolina, it was cancelled. The only thing I could do was momentarily freak out to my co-worker, Managing Editor Katie Kervin, exclaiming via Gchat that I had to find a way to get to the “Furniture Capital of the of the World.” Her advice was to start looking for rental car services. I think she was joking.

Luckily, it didn’t come to that. I did make it to the NEWH North Carolina’s second Hospitality Designers Day at High Point Market on time and without too much drama.

To understand High Point Market, you have to understand High Point, North Carolina. The city has a population of a little more than 100,000, and it’s all about furniture. It is really not hyperbole that it’s the “Furniture Capital of the World.” Walking through the downtown area, you see furniture store after furniture store. Continue reading →

Jury Duty: A Musing on HD Awards Deliberations

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Events, Projects | 0 comments

“It felt put together; authentic.”

“It was the architecture that got it on my list.”

“Even the way the grain of the wood is pronounced; it’s beautiful.”

These are some of the comments we heard while the judges deliberated on this year’s stellar HD Awards submissions this past Monday. Having managed the submissions process, personally looking through each and every one of the nearly 400 entries, I knew what a challenge our jury members had ahead of them.

“These are pretty unique spaces.”

“What do you do with old roadside motels? Vacant office space? Old malls? It’s solving a problem.”

“It takes a lot to get to that level of simplicity.”

The HD staff gathered at Grupo Habita’s first U.S. property, Hôtel Americano in Chelsea, with our five judges. We drank coffee, ate lunch, and pored over hundreds of project photos for nearly nine hours—we editors, of course, only acting as observers and mediators to facilitate the conversation.  Continue reading →

Dining (With Celebrities) By Design

Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Events | 1 comment

There are two things to know about me: I have a deep wealth of pop culture knowledge (ask any trivia team—they’ll tell you this is both a blessing and a curse), and I appeared very briefly on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters that featured my friend. It was a personal high, melding two of my favorite things: reality TV and popular culture.

This was topped only recently during  DIFFA’s (the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) 17th annual Dining by Design New York Gala dinner, which ran concurrently with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

Because of my deep-rooted high- and low-culture interests, I immediately recognized  TV personality, style expert, and designer Robert Verdi, who designed nail salon experts Essie’s table, standing next to Oprah protégé and interior designer Nate Berkus. (My Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game can’t be stopped right now.)

Although I spent a lot of time acting like a fan girl, hovering around these famous men while sending text messages about my celebrity sightings (which consisted of exclamation points and happy face emojis), I was able to tear myself away to enjoy the beautiful tablescapes. Continue reading →