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Before and After: The Old Main Suite

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A few weeks ago, I showed you one of two luxury suites I was asked to design in the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Today, we’ll look at the before-and-after of The Old Main, the second suite I created for this gorgeous boutique!

This suite’s name was inspired by Old Main, a historic architectural landmark that’s also the oldest building on the University of Arkansas campus. Old Main, built between 1873-1875, is the grand dame of the U of A and its bell towers are recognizable by all university alumni.

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Using this iconic Arkansas architecture as the inspiration for this suite makes such a connection with all those who will stay in the hotel either from our state or that are alumni of our university.

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And how could I begin to design The Old Main Suite without giving a nod to the traditional University of Arkansas color – RED? So yes, you will see “Razorback Red” all over this suite, but I was going for a mix of sophistication and varsity style here with handsome checks, plaids, and textures.

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Luckily, the owners completely gutted the original rooms to create this huge suite – which gave me quite a blank canvas to work with!

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Using velvet and suede in the space to resulted in a warm and cozy retreat for Razorback fans on game weekends, alumni visiting throughout the year for special University events, or just guests visiting Northwest Arkansas.

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So what do you think of this revved-up red suite? Would you use bold color like this in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After: The Chancellor Suite

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I love to work on commercial projects almost as much as I enjoy residential design! One of my favorites – and a project close to my heart – was the Chancellor Hotel. It’s right in the historic downtown square in Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas, where I attended college not once, but twice.

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When asked by the new owners of the hotel to design two of the luxury suites, The Chancellor Suite and The Old Main Suite, of course I jumped at the chance. Back in the day, I had a design internship in Hospitality Design in Las Vegas for the firm Yates-Silverman, so getting back into the hospitality arena was an exciting return for me.

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Today we’ll look at The Chancellor Suite and in a few weeks I’ll show you The Old Main Suite! For The Chancellor Suite, several hotel rooms from the previous hotel establishment were combined into one luxury suite. The “before” was built several decades ago.

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My goal for this suite was to bring a level of sophistication to Arkansas reminiscent of some of my favorite classic hotels in the U.S., like the Carlyle in New York City, but infusing it with my signature colorful style.

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As you can see, there was a lot of space to work with since this suite had a central living area, and two bedrooms!

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Shades of rich turquoise, charcoal, and gold mixed with classic black-and-white formed my color palette.

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The bedrooms were really a blank slate, so I was able to add luxurious materials and a calming color palette that made them chic and restful, and complemented the nearby living space.

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So what do you think about this hotel renovation? There are so many ideas that would easily translate into your home, too, don’t you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

Before and After: Updated and Edited

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I love starting a project where the “bones” of the house are all in place, but it just needs an update to bring the design into a more modern look. My clients for this project were moving into a fabulous new home, with gorgeous windows and beams in this living area. Look at that view through the windows in the photo below!

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But the floor left something to be desired, and the fireplace was a visual mess. The clients told me they wanted a gorgeous space that reminded them of their favorite boutique hotels – very clean and edited.

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The blue in the modern art was a jumping-off point for me, so I layered in gorgeous blues that were only slightly lighter or darker, and added in neutral tones in the tables and rug.

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The dark and dreary fireplace and mantle you see above got a major update, which also lightened and brightened this wall of the room.

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And a bit more color was introduced with another stunning piece of art over the fireplace. I love how it draws the eye up with that pop of pink! And then on the opposite wall I added another original artwork, framed by stunning white lamps. The two lucite tables also keep the room serene and edited.

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So what do you think of this modern update? I loved the blue tone-on-tone vibe in the room – and so did House Beautiful! This project was featured on its cover just a few years ago. Let me know what you think about the redo in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

Before and After: Divine Dining Room

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So many of my clients who travel find their inspiration in their favorite boutique hotels, where things are usually a bit more glam than they are at home. My clients in this before-and-after project definitely loved those fabulous getaways, and they really wanted to have a chic dining room where they could entertain guests in style.

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The dining room we started with was very formal, with a lot of details and ornamentation. I wanted to go more luxe and less fussy in the new design.

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The room also had a grand scale, so it was definitely large enough for a long table for 10. The tufted wall and ultra-glam light fixture added those chic details from the finest four-star boutique hotels!

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There was also an odd inset area in one wall of the room before, with a slab of marble serving as a sideboard. I wanted to use that space in a new and more sophisticated way.

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I had a banquette built into the wall, offering a sitting area for pre-dinner cocktails or conversations over coffee. And there’s hidden storage right beneath that chic seat. The draperies and luxurious materials take this space from ho-hum to va-va-voom!

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So what do you think of this divine dining room? And what luxe looks would you love to have in your own home? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

Before and After: First Impressions

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I love to think about the entrance to a home as the perfect chance to make an amazing first impression on guests and family. This is the first thing most people will see in your home, and you want them to get a good idea of the gorgeous house they’re about to see, right? So no matter if you have a tiny foyer or a grand entryway, you want this space to speak volumes!

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The entry in my client’s house above already had good bones. The front door had gorgeous windows around it and there was a beautiful sweeping staircase. It just needed an update to give them a contemporary look rooted in traditional pieces, something they loved from all the boutique hotels they’ve stayed in around the world.

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And they really wanted that first impression to make a bold statement that showed their style and personality. The one piece from the original space that they did love was the brass light fixture that you can see below.

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To give them that bold but fashionable look, I used a Nina Campbell wallpaper, and I took it up all the way to the top of the two-story entry, giving them a sweeping entrance that complemented that fabulous staircase.

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We also removed the black flooring and replaced it with a much more sophisticated marble tile, which also took advantage of all the fantastic light from that front door.

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Finally, I added some lovely color with the turquoise glass lamps, and highlighted the subtle gold in the wallpaper with a mirror and a demilune that had the same color in its details. The result is a chic space that says a lot about what guests will see in the rest of the home!

So what do you think about this bef0re-and-after? And are you also inspired by boutique hotels? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature