I cannot tell you how many clients open my initial consultation with this line: “We want the look and feel of the W Hotel in our home.” Since when did hotels become the leading source of inspiration for residential interiors? Whenever it was, I like that time; I like it a lot. I’ve stayed at or visited three W Hotels. While I appreciated the efficiency and locale of the Times Square location, the buffalo-ish stampede of tourists charging the sidewalks just outside the front doors made me wanna pop a Xanax (and I detest pills). As for the West Hollywood location, the perfect weather and genetically blessed guests soaking up the sun by the pool were uber-dreamy; however, it made me feel horrible for being pale and wanting to scarf down a cheeseburger.
And then there’s superdecorator Thom Filicia‘s designs at the W Hotel Atlanta Buckhead, located in the city’s premiere shopping district. Uh-may-zing. The hotel’s milieu for both for service and aesthetics has been referred to as having (a) urban style merged with the city’s deep history and culture and (b) traditions of Southern hospitality. Taking a stroll through one of Thom’s masterful spaces while on your way to enjoying a cocktail in the lounge or checking into the Wonderful Room for a night or two is a perfect way to experience his work up-close-and-personal, plus walk away with some ideas. Here’s a gander at some of Thom’s clean and classic work in the down-and-dirty South.
In the hotel’s overall transitional lobby, classic design elements have been reinvented in new ways in regards to finish and scale. The floor lamps have the same look, feel and shape of a classic, traditional table lamp but with enormous scale. Rustic antlers were given a softer, contemporary feel with a new which finish, then wired and installed as a chandelier. Can you imagine how gargantuan a table it would take to house that floor lamp properly in a table lamp manner? The lightbulb would be the size of a small child.
Filicia ain’t the only one using blown-up scale to shed new light on classic lighting. You know that classic, industrial desk lamp style seen everywhere? Well, that’s called the Luxo lamp and it was designed by Jac Jacobsen in 1936. Well, Design Within Reach carries one closer to the stature of a dinosaur than desktop accessories called Luxo Great-1. With a price just under $9,500, it’s not for everyone. But it is an excellent way to take a classic shape, then put it to use both functionally and decoratively.
If you lack the space or budget for a white antler chandelier, you can still take home this overall concept. The W Hotels Store sells a porcelain toy robot by Seletti. Sure, this robot can’t exactly cook and bring you breakfast like Rosie from the Jetsons; however, it’s a cool way to introduce something usually made of metal that winds up as a more elegant accessory.
One of the most talked about Filicia design elements at this W Hotel is the signature, modern enveloping bed which sports an upholstered headboard and wallpapered ceiling canopy. Not only is it gorgeous to look at staring at the bed or laying in it, it also creates the feeling of a room within a room. Since not everyone has access to a custom furniture designer, woodworker or upholsterer, scroll down for an alternative from a major retailer.
Room & Board’s Portica canopy bed is a contemporary take on the classic four-poster bed. Its stainless steel frame is hand-welded with mitered corners and comes in five sizes. If you’re looking to go new both with bed frame and mattress, this little sweetie can be a money saver; it requires no box spring. Good, that means you can put those savings in an envelope, then send them to me so I can buy new bathroom tile. Thanks!
For about five years, salon gallery installations have become the rage both with hotels and restaurants. You’ll find one front and center above banquette seating in The W Hotel Atlanta Buckhead’s lounge. Filicia chose a gorgeous combination of framed mirrors and graphic art illuminated by sexy lighting. In a residential setting, it’s a bit more authentic to stick with older, collected items. Why? Too much new can seem kinda model-home-ish.
This stunning dining room salon gallery by designer Camilla Lundsten is exemplary in showing how to mix old and new in both a personal and contemporary manner. From shadowboxes to pop art, cherished objects to antique clocks, the collection not only looks pretty, it helps tell a story about the homeowner.
Speaking of telling stories, have any of you adapted hotel style into your own homes successfully? If so, do tell.