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Mixing Charm with Contemporary Design

Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Events, Products, Trends | 0 comments

For anyone who knows me, they know that my ultimate #lifegoal is to basically live inside and become one with an Anthropologie store. From the smell (what is that candle?!), the overpriced home goods, and the whimsy, it really stands for everything I believe in when it comes to aesthetics. I will take a kitschy sweater with a fox on it over a smart cardigan any day.


From Lancelot’s SILAÏ collection for GAN.


Lancelot talks her new collection.

That being said, I’m always on the lookout for something that gives me that same Anthropologie tingle, something with charm and personality that makes you feel like you’re living your best life. Indeed, I got that very feeling when checking out designer Charlotte Lancelot’s collection at  a recent event for Spanish-based rug company GAN at its New York showroom. Lancelot’s carpets, poufs, cushions, and tables from her SILAÏ collections are modern but romantic, contemporary yet timeless. Continue reading →

Event Full

Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

We had a fabulous Platinum Circle Awards event last week, where a who’s who of the industry—David Rockwell, Barry Sternlicht, Clodagh, Alexandra Champalimaud, James Packer, and a special appearance by Robert De Niro—helped to honor Gary Dollens, Hyatt; Kemper Hyers, Starwood Capital; and chef Nobu Matsuhisa with our career achievement award, and celebrate HBA for 50 years of innovation. I always feel a little sad the day after that it is over—a bit like wedding blues. It’s such a special evening with the industry dressed to the nines, the buzz of people visiting during dinner, the applause, cheers, and standing ovations during the inductions, the heartfelt speeches—I wish we could do it more than once a year.

That being said, we have a lot to look forward to in terms of events.

In two weeks, we are taking HD Conversations, our informal, interactive discussions from the HD Expo show floor, on the road. Continue reading →

About Last Night: The HD Platinum Circle Awards Gala

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Our Platinum Circle Awards Gala is always one of our favorites at HD. Of course, it’s an excuse to get dressed up (and go to the braid bar at the John Barrett Salon for whimsical Valentino braids, in my case), but it’s also where we celebrate the best of the best (of the very best) in our industry. Yes, we do this in the pages of our magazine every month but rarely do we get a room full of industry legends in one place talking about their work. It’s truly inspiring.


Members of HD’s Platinum Circle gather onstage.

And about last night: Along with 400 of our closest friends (including an Oscar winner), we got to celebrate this year’s Platinum Circle honorees at the Conrad New York—our 27th group of inductees. It’s an honor that includes notables like Ian Schrager, David Rockwell, and our November guest editor Alexandra Champalimaud.


Honoree chef Nobu Matsuhisa and longtime friend and business partner (and Oscar winner) Robert De Niro.

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A Chicago Eatery’s Charming Makeover

Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Projects, Trends | 0 comments

We did a deep dive into the foodie world in October, as we do every fall in our annual restaurant issue. We often cover eateries and F&B concepts but this is the issue where we give the industry our full attention. And much like the hospitality world in general, the very concept of dining has changed, drawing on authenticity, locality, and adapting to the new idea of luxury.

Cafe Spiaggia Private Dining 1

Decorative lighting and black and white photos add drama to Cafe Spiaggia.

One of those projects that highlights the ever-changing restaurant world is Chicago eatery Cafe Spiaggia, which tasked  Studio K Creative with its revamp. And Chicago is nothing if not a food town (if you’ve ever had Portillo’s beef or Lou Malnati’s frozen deep dish pizza mailed to your house in New York, you know this) and it’s good testing ground for innovative restaurant design.

Karen Herold, principal of the locally based firm, says the restaurant’s new look, a laidback eatery that offers a refined charm, is meant to appeal to younger diners. Continue reading →

Hotel Flashback: A Scottsdale Mainstay’s Retro Revamp

Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Projects | 1 comment

By Mary Beth Klatt

When we think about the year 1956, there are a few things that come to mind that truly capture the zeitgeist: Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” entered the music charts, Norma Jeane Mortenson became Marilyn Monroe, and the Hotel Valley Ho opened.


A suite at the Hotel Valley Ho in the ’50s.

The iconic 239-room hotel, designed by architect Edward Varney, was the first in the Scottsdale, Arizona area to combine midcentury modern and Southwestern design. It attracted actors including Robert Wagner, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh, becoming a second home to them. Durante would play the piano in the lobby late at night when he couldn’t sleep, Gabor rode horses in the neighborhood with her niece, and Wagner and Natalie Wood held their wedding reception there in 1957.

But soon, those good times turned into hard ones. By the 1970s, the hotel fell into disrepair and was nearly demolished. Continue reading →