Stay At This Luxury Hotel And Spa That Used To Be A Seminary {Stay At This Luxury Hotel And Spa That Used To Be A Seminary} – English

Stay At This Luxury Hotel And Spa That Used To Be A Seminary {Stay At This Luxury Hotel And Spa That Used To Be A Seminary} – English

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A guest room at The Lodge at St. Edward State Park

Photo: The Lodge at St. Edward State Park

Originally built as a seminary in 1931, the landmarked brick building anchoring The Lodge at St. Edward State Park sat vacant for 44 years before coming back to life as one of Washington’s newest luxury hotel and spas.

“It’s always been this mystery,” says Jenne Oxford, The Lodge’s general manager. “Now, the community can experience the history of this place firsthand.”

The Kenmore-based hotel weaves together past and present, with painstakingly restored original details and spaces that conjure the building’s yesteryears, including a seminary barber shop-turned-speakeasy bar, original brick façades and windows, and period architectural sketches translated to wall-size murals.

Besides the four floors of guest rooms, a luxury spa, and eateries including a restaurant helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Jason Wilson, the hotel offers a slew of publicly accessible amenities.

Don’t miss visiting a gallery hallway with rotating Northwest artists, high tea service and live music events.

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Portland’s Hotel Grand Stark Masters A Modern Twist On Throwback Style {Portland’s Hotel Grand Stark Masters A Modern Twist On Throwback Style} – English

Portland’s Hotel Grand Stark Masters A Modern Twist On Throwback Style {Portland’s Hotel Grand Stark Masters A Modern Twist On Throwback Style} – English

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Hotel Grand Stark’s lobby features a verdant front desk.

Portland’s latest hotel mixes old and new for a modernized throwback style that seems as though it was plucked from a Wes Anderson movie. Housed in a historic four-story building in the developing Central Eastside neighborhood, Palisociety’s Hotel Grand Stark brings the structure back to its hospitality roots—it opened as a hotel in 1908 but had been the site of a local furniture manufacturer for the past 80 years.

Portland-based North 45 Projects designed the hotel’s common areas, partnering with local contemporary art gallery Nationale to commission new artworks from celebrated artists like Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Shiela Laufer and Aruni Dharmakirthi. These sit alongside vintage studio pottery, furniture and wood sculptures for a space that North 45 Projects principal Eric Cheong describes as akin to “visiting an affable Portland friend’s art loft.”

As Palisociety founder Avi Brosh explains, “The overall approach was to create a vibe that is identifiably Northwestern but also unpretentious and quietly luxe at the same time.”

PHOTO COURTESY PALISOCIETY

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The Boutique Property With A Subtle Nod To Charleston’s Roaring ’20s {The Boutique Property With A Subtle Nod To Charleston’s Roaring ’20s} – English

The Boutique Property With A Subtle Nod To Charleston’s Roaring ’20s {The Boutique Property With A Subtle Nod To Charleston’s Roaring ’20s} – English

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A trip to Charleston is a treat unto itself, but this 41-room boutique property—found in the Holy City’s charming French Quarter—makes a commendable effort to sweeten the experience still.

Stepping into The Spectator‘s plush lobby, furnished by designer Jenny Keenan, sets the stage for an indulgent stay marked by complimentary welcome cocktails, on-demand butler service and the option to explore the surrounding cobblestone streets via vintage bikes.

Keenan was inspired to channel the Charleston of the Roaring ’20s. She fused Art Deco glamour with Southern elegance, sourcing de Gournay wallpaper for the check-in desk and mixing Kravet fabrics with Stark rugs and The Urban Electric Co. fixtures.

Works by current and former Charleston artists (Tim Hussey, Sally King Benedict) add to the impact of built-ins by Hostetler Custom Cabinetry, antiqued mirrors by Charleston Architectural Glass and the hotel’s pièce de résistance: a three-tiered custom chandelier hand-strung from 1,800 Murano crystals.

PHOTO COURTESY THE SPECTATOR HOTEL

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Desert-Inspired Landscaping Makes This Arizona Hotel A Stunner {Desert-Inspired Landscaping Makes This Arizona Hotel A Stunner} – English

Desert-Inspired Landscaping Makes This Arizona Hotel A Stunner {Desert-Inspired Landscaping Makes This Arizona Hotel A Stunner} – English

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Creating an aura of escapism within a densely populated area is no easy feat, but the design team charged with turning a traditional Paradise Valley resort into the vibrant and modern Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows certainly rose to the occasion.

For this, landscape architect and Burton Studio principal Joel Harms’ role was far-reaching, extending even to master-planning the 2016 rejuvenation. “It already had good bones,” reveals Harms, whose vision was “to evolve it into a more relevant and exciting place to be.” Taking stock of the property’s mature trees—palm, pine, olive and palo verde—his design augmented with elm and citrus trees to impart old-world vibes.

As Delawie architects added modernist main buildings to the property, its 185 bungalows were retained and updated with midcentury interiors by EDG Design that spill out onto private patios. By adding walled gardens to shelter them, Harms complemented their Pueblo-influenced architecture while creating a sense of refuge. His team composed a landscape of native wildflowers, cacti, agave and desert grasses across the grounds—plantings that become progressively less tamed as they feather out to the Sonoran Desert surrounds.

PHOTO COURTESY ANDAZ SCOTTSDALE RESORT & BUNGALOWS

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3 Top-Notch Hotel Digs For Chicago Design Lovers {3 Top-Notch Hotel Digs For Chicago Design Lovers} – English

3 Top-Notch Hotel Digs For Chicago Design Lovers {3 Top-Notch Hotel Digs For Chicago Design Lovers} – English

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PHOTO BY RYAN MCDONALD

King & Queen Suite

You guessed it—the top room category at the recently opened Neighborhood Hotel in Lincoln Park is fit for royalty, albeit the more modern, Harry-and-Meghan type. This boutique property by Rebel House Interior Design is in an 1893 historic building and features only 14 suites, creating a private experience that serves as a base camp for city exploration. Inside King & Queen, which sleeps six guests and has two full baths, happy pops of color everywhere from the walls to the pillows create a cheerful, peppy vibe—and that’s to say nothing of the snacks. Find a stocked kitchen (or request a private chef) to cook a meal in your full kitchen, then lounge by the fireplace.


Walk-in closet in hotel suite with wood shelving

PHOTO COURTESY THE PENINSULA CHICAGO

Peninsula Suite

This ultra-private 3,600-square-foot space on the 18th floor of the Peninsula Chicago received a contemporary face-lift from designer Bill Rooney last fall. Immense windows let in abundant natural light, illuminating a luxurious dining room with a Murano glass chandelier. In the large living room, relax among gilded walls, a fireplace and baby grand piano. Three bedrooms accommodate larger families, while the thoughtful study features Bubinga wood furnishings and a custom leather desk equipped with all your work-from-hotel needs. Outside, the suite’s 2,000-square-foot wraparound terrace is the ideal summer hangout.


Dining table with red chairs in hotel suite

PHOTO COURTESY NOBU HOTEL CHICAGO

Sake Suite

Oases of sophistication in the industrial design-heavy West Loop, the four Sake Suites at Nobu Chicago— designed by Studio K—challenge the rules of hotel design with Venetian plastered walls, wood floors and high exposed ceilings balanced by low furniture. Accents like sisal and wool rugs and mango wood millwork are a texture lover’s dream, emphasizing natural materials with Japanese roots. Surprising details like chicken-wire glass doors entering the bathroom add an unexpected touch that culminates in a space that’s at once calm, contemporary and opulent.

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Consider This Book A Beautiful Ode To Midcentury Leisure And Luxury {Consider This Book A Beautiful Ode To Midcentury Leisure And Luxury} – English

Consider This Book A Beautiful Ode To Midcentury Leisure And Luxury {Consider This Book A Beautiful Ode To Midcentury Leisure And Luxury} – English

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Architect William F. Cody is most associated with Palm Springs, but worked throughout the West.

This first monograph on the work of William F. Cody is written by the architect’s daughter, Catherine Cody, alongside curator Jo Lauria and architectural historian Don Choi—the team who organized his 2016 exhibition, Fast Forward: The Architecture of William F. Cody, at the A+D Museum.

The book, Master of the Midcentury: The Architecture of William F. Cody by Monacelli Press, explores Cody’s prolific career through his masterful renderings and images by such notables as Julius Shulman. While most associated with Palm Springs, Cody worked throughout the West, as well as Mexico, Honduras and Cuba, with each project exemplifying his passion for experimental design and his innate understanding of leisure and luxury.

master of the midcentury William f Cody architect book cover

Architect William F. Cody’s daughter is one of the authors of this first monograph on the prolific architect.

PHOTOS COURTESY MONACELLI PRESS

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Tour Populus, Architect Jeanne Gang’s First Colorado High-Rise {Tour Populus, Architect Jeanne Gang’s First Colorado High-Rise} – English

Tour Populus, Architect Jeanne Gang’s First Colorado High-Rise {Tour Populus, Architect Jeanne Gang’s First Colorado High-Rise} – English

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Architect Jeanne Gang’s designs have been called daring, visionary and neighborhood-regenerating, but when describing her first Colorado project that takes shape at the intersection of Colfax Avenue, 14th Street and Court Place, the best term may be “city-defining.”

Called Populus, in honor of the aspen tree (Populus tremuloides) that inspired its design, the structure’s unique fenestration evokes the eye-like patterns on an aspen’s trunk. “On the exterior, the ‘lids’ of each window stretch outward according to solar orientation to shade the interior, improving the building’s energy performance,” says Jon Buerge, chief development officer at Denver-based Urban Villages, the firm behind the project. “The windows change in size in response to how an [interior] space is used, mirroring the growth patterns of aspens.”

The 13-story mixed-use building—slated for completion in 2023—will include a 250-key hotel, 40 micro-apartments, event spaces, multiple food and beverage offerings, and a rooftop bar and view deck. It’s a building “that is worthy of Denver’s rising prominence on the national and international stage,” Buerge says, and “an impressive architectural legacy for generations to come.”

PHOTO COURTESY STUDIO GANG

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The Hotel Breathing Fresh Life Into Colorado’s Mining History {The Hotel Breathing Fresh Life Into Colorado’s Mining History} – English

The Hotel Breathing Fresh Life Into Colorado’s Mining History {The Hotel Breathing Fresh Life Into Colorado’s Mining History} – English

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In Golden, one of Colorado’s oldest mining-era towns, local history has come alive in a fresh new way with the debut of The Eddy Taproom & Hotel, a 49-room boutique hotel and restaurant that opened its doors in June.

Located on the former site of the Golden Fire Brick Company, which dates back to the 1860s, the new building—designed by Denver’s Craine Architecture—nods to its predecessor with a brick exterior, riveted-steel panels, rough-hewn wood floors, coffered tin ceilings and turn-of-the-century light fixtures.

Within that industrial skin, Denver-based interior design firm Studio R Design mixed contemporary and vintage furnishings with Gold Rush references—from the black leather swing chairs that greet travelers as they enter the hotel, to guest rooms’ mining-cart-inspired desks and dark-as-ink headboard walls that riff on classic board-and-batten paneling.

Equally unique are the room configurations, which include family-friendly suites with inviting double bunks.

PHOTO COURTESY THE EDDY TAPROOM & HOTEL

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Keep Cozy (And Green) At This Scandinavian-Inspired Alpine Lodge {Keep Cozy (And Green) At This Scandinavian-Inspired Alpine Lodge} – English

Keep Cozy (And Green) At This Scandinavian-Inspired Alpine Lodge {Keep Cozy (And Green) At This Scandinavian-Inspired Alpine Lodge} – English

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What’s in a name? In the case of Electric Pass Lodge, a new development comprising 53 two- and three-bedroom ski-in/ski-out residences at the base of Snowmass Ski Area, the name celebrates a design that’s completely powered by renewable energy.

“We set out to design not only a contemporary, Scandinavian-inspired alpine lodge, but the most sustainable, all-electric condominium building in the Colorado mountains,” says Christian Barlock, principal at 4240 Architecture, which collaborated with interior design firm River + Lime on the project. Upon its anticipated spring 2023 debut, “Electric Pass Lodge will set a new standard for the future of building design in Snowmass and hopefully for ski resorts across North America.”

A combination of a rooftop solar array and off-site renewable electricity will power the building, which includes a health club, lounge and ski locker room. Triple-pane windows, robust insulation, phase-change ceilings that retain and release heat, and a mechanical system that pre-heats or -cools incoming fresh air will all minimize the structure’s energy appetite while keeping residents comfortable even on the coldest winter days.

Electric Pass Lodge

PHOTOS COURTESY ELECTRIC PASS LODGE

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What’s In Store At Arhaus’ New Chicago Location {What’s In Store At Arhaus’ New Chicago Location} – English

What’s In Store At Arhaus’ New Chicago Location {What’s In Store At Arhaus’ New Chicago Location} – English

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PHOTO COURTESY ARHAUS

Globally inspired heirloom-quality furniture brand Arhaus has relocated to Oak Brook Center, the upscale shopping destination in the western Chicago suburbs. The new two-floor, 18,000-square-foot store, which opened in February, offers a shoppable showroom of indoor and outdoor furniture and decor as well as in-person and virtual design services. In celebration of the new store, Arhaus partnered with DIOP, an African-inspired label whose new line of pillows debuted at this location.

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