interior envy: the dean hotel

The boutique hotel is having quite a day. It seems like more and more uniquely designed, well thought-out hotels are popping up and I couldn't be more thrilled. I now have a list of places to visit, not only because of the city, but because I want to check out these hotels. These spots aren't just a place to sleep, but whole experiences and attractions themselves. 

My newest find: The Deal Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island (thanks to Liz!). Not only is the hotel designed with beautiful interiors infused with the perfect amount of traditional details, it also has some standout branding and witty copywriting. There's nothing better than a business not taking itself too seriously. P.S. they also have a killer instagram!

Here are some other hotels I've stayed at and others I hope to one day visit...

Austin, TX — Hotel San Jose; Hotel Saint Cecilia

Ojai, CA — Ojai Rancho Inn

Los Angeles, CA — The Ace Hotel DowntownThe Line Hotel

Palm Springs, CA — The Ace Hotel & Swim Club; Korakia Pensione; The Parker; The Sagauro

Los Alamos, CA — The Alamo Motel

Nashville, TN — The 404 Hotel

Phoenica, NY — The Graham & Co.

New York, NY — The Wythe Hotel; The Marlton Hotel

Miami, FL — The Standard Spa

Let me know some of your favorites — I'd love to add to my list!

interior envy

Our apartment is mostly gray and white with hints of black and gold, but lately I've been thinking about adding a little bit of color - mostly in the form of blues. This sunny California home designed by Amber Interiors, has sent me head-first into the world of indigo. Now I want an indigo throw in every room, a pillow-filled banquet and a house full of beautiful rugs. I love how light the home feels depsite all the color and pattern in each room. 

interior envy: the line house


Today's interior envy is very special to me and I've been wanting to share it with you for months. Not only have I had the pleasure of being in this stunning house, but it is also owned by an amazing couple, Richard and Alice Hoffman, who put so much love and thought into it. Here is their story about their home:

Shortly after meeting, they realized that they had both envisioned building a dream house one day. After deciding on settling in the Woodstock, NY area, they looked for the perfect piece of land for almost seven (!) years. They were lucky to find a 15 acre lot overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir and started in on designing their dream house. Richard & Alice wanted a contemporary home in the vernacular of barns, similar to those in the Woodstock area and around New England. They worked with architects Peter Franck and Kathleen Triem to come up with what they called ‘The Line House’.  The house is laid into a long barn-like structure set up facing the view, with most rooms on one floor.

One of the most interesting details of the house’s design is the exterior material. It is clad in standing-seam copper roofing material, hung vertically and it changes naturally over time. Originally a shiny material, the copper has changed on its own to a beautiful dark purple and now to a dark brown and will eventually have a verdigris patina. The interior design of the home is mostly neutral and was based on white walls for hanging their collection of art.

Thank you Richard and Alice for sharing your home and story with me and my readers.

P.S. if you are interested in their golden piggy bank - here you go!

interior envy: julia leach

Upon learning (on instagram, of course) that Julia Leach's upstate home was being featured in the latest issue of Domino, I immediately went and picked up the issue. Julia is the founder of Chance and the brains behind one of my favorite gallery walls. With an apartment in New York and a house in LA, Julia's upstate New York home is her escape from busy city living.

I love the mix of old with new and just like in her other homes, her collection of artwork is seriously enviable. I also love that she is able to maintain a consistent color scheme throughout the house, without it feeling like everything matches. Little touches of blue show up in each room and the white walls and dark floors help bring everything together.

P.S. Julia's guide to LA.

images by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

home envy: hudson woods

I came across these homes on Pinterest and my jaw completely dropped. Stunning modern design in a beautiful natural setting? Sold sold sold.

Designed by Lang Architecture, Hudson Woods is a community of vacation homes for design-conscious New Yorkers. There are 26 homes total, all nestled in their own area of land and all built in a similar "glass-and-timber" style. The homes blend seamlessly into their surroundings through huge beautiful windows. After spending a few weekends in this area of New York state, I'd happily vacation in one of these! Now where do I sign up?