I've never stolen so much as a wash cloth from a hotel, but I'm not past sneaking some design ideas into my mental valise. I pocketed some tips last week, when Bill and I were in Miami for a medical conference. We stayed at the Fontainebleau, a renovated mid-century hotel which, six decades since its opening, is still quite avant garde. Let me share my booty, the hotel's age-defying design secrets.
Just inside the front door, I was able to ferret out some design tips. Take, for example, the gentleman's signature black marble bow-ties on the lobby floor; would you guess they are original, laid in the 1950's? Idea to steal: classic white and black marble never goes out of style.
Then, the lighting in the lobby is noteworthy for its age-defying glow. Each of the three enormous chandeliers reportedly cost a million dollars.
At the back of the lobby, the bar's blue lights are forever young.
Here's the design truism from the lobby: Lighting can produce an amazing face-lift!
Leaving the lobby, guests ride Art-Deco elevators to their floor. The doors open to vestibules also decked out in up-to-the-minute style.
Along the corridors, blown glass fixtures dot the ceiling in military precision. They are unique, reminding me of mini-Chihuly installations. (If you aren't familiar with America's living national treasure, Dale Chihuly, the world renown glassblower, go to: http://www.chihuly.com.)
Once guests have located their room, they enter their own private upscale retreat. Our room was an example of the Fontainebleau's up-to-the-minute design--a neutral backdrop with color in small splashes.
Then, too, notice the guest bathroom. It was gorgeous. Oversized, Carrerra marble, subway tiles covered the walls from floor to ceiling, while the flooring was 10 X10 inch marble squares. Using the two shapes was a clever way to defy age-detection.
Decorators can't put the Creator's amazing seascape in their suitcase, but they can take away mental images of his amazing sense of color, texture, and form.
(Photos, other than those marked, are from the Fontainebleau's website or ones I took myself.)
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