Fabulous Room Friday 07.16.10

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{Left: The striking statue of the Winged Victory of Samothrace looks as if she has just flown into the room. Can you think of a more dramatic piece to add to a room? Right: Dhong swathed the elegant room in beautiful array of blues and greys.}

This week’s Fabulous Room comes to us from interior designer, Benjamin Dhong. The tower attic was designed by Dhong for this year’s San Francisco Decorators Showcase house and was greatly inspired by Parisian style. Dhong wanted to maximize the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and aimed to make the room feel like a “sexy and escape”. I’d say he definitely accomplished his goal. The room has a very elegant aura and the shades of grey and blue are very reminiscent of Paris. The cool tones and luxurious textures within the room would be perfectly at home in a chic Parisian apartment or a grand hotel in the City of Lights.

ben dhong3 {How is this for ingenious? Dhong took an Arne Jacobson Egg Chair and had it reupholstered in a Manuel Canovas cut velvet fabric, which he paired with a Fortuny pillow. Dhong added the zebra rug because “the room was too ‘polite’ and needed a bit of edge”.}

ben dhong4 {A Silver Giacommeti Lamp topped with a French Blue Silk Shade rests atop a table skirted in a Sumptuous Velvet with Greek Key Trim}

 

All Images Courtesy of Benjamin Dhong

NorCal Style: Erin Martin

In yesterday’s recap of my trip to Northern California, I mentioned that I was able to visit Erin Martin’s showroom in St. Helena. My friends and I were only there for a few minutes because we had to hurry to make it to our wine tasting appointment on time (priorities, people!). I snapped a couple of pictures of the showroom, which you can see here, but I was left wanting to explore Erin’s style a bit more.

I loved the overall feeling of her showroom and her aesthetic in general. It isn’t pretty in the traditional sense and I mean that as a compliment. Her style is provocative and a bit subversive. She often plays with scale and does so quite masterfully. There is a sense of humor in Erin’s design work and I think it goes hand in hand with the scale of the objects she often uses. It is evident that she doesn’t take herself too seriously as her work frequently features whimsical elements, like a playful use of lighting. I like that Erin’s work feels unique and seems to embody the spirit of Napa: elegant, relaxed, and rustic in a refined way.

I love the chandelier and coffee table in this room. You’ll notice that both are very large.
Fabulous Lighting
I love the idea of using wingback chairs in the dining room. Again, everything is very big. You would need a rather large living room to accommodate all of these chairs.

A Lovely Vignette

California Cool

A rustic kitchen with a few whimsical details such as the gorgeous mural work
Do you remember seeing this in House Beautiful?
Again, Erin plays with height and scale.

I love the use of banquette seating in a home. I think I dig the mural. The handwriting is rather pretty.

Who knew a barn could be so chic?

I love the muted palette used in this room.

Gorgeous Napa
 

Jet Set: Chamberlain West Hollywood

This week, we will continue our journey through California and head north from Palm Springs to Los Angeles. I have never visited the style-mecca that is L.A., so this will be a slightly different installment of Jet Set as I don’t have any personal advice to offer. Having said that, it is a city filled with stylish hotel options. I think the difficult part would be choosing which part of the city to stay in. Bueller? Part of the reason I haven’t visited L.A. is the fact that it is a huge city and navigating it seems daunting! Now, I live in Houston, a big commuter city, so I am certainly used to driving. It’s just getting the lay of the land that makes me a bit nervous.

When we finally do head to Los Angeles, the chic boutique Chamberlain West Hollywood Hotel will certainly be at the top of our list. It is nestled in a residential area of West Hollywood, but is just off Santa Monica Boulevard and is moments from Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and the Sunset Strip. Combine its location with its incredibly chic interiors, and you’ve got a winner! The décor was designed by David McCauley. Can you guess which very prominent designer’s team he is a part of? The modern luxe interiors feature a palette of masculine blues and greys with touches of Hollywood Regency. According to McCauley, “textures like raffia wallpaper and suede-upholstery keep it from being boring.”

The Chamberlain’s American Bar and Bistro features twenty foot floor to ceiling windows, dramatic pendant lighting, and varying shades of green and teal. The restaurant serves Modern American fare with a California twist.

The use of cool greys, blues, and greens continues into the bar which features and expansive martini menu.
“The hotel’s 114 suites feature a stylish mix of classic furnishings, contemporary amenities and a cool, clean palette inventively styled to evoke the feel and spirit of a private home.”


“Luxury residential touches such as high thread count bed linens, gas log fireplaces and designer bath and body care amenities combine with up-to-the-moment hotel conveniences, including room service, in-room media centers with high-speed Internet access, LCD flat panel televisions and DVD/VCR/CD players.”

A stylish work area in one of the well-appointed guestrooms

The Chamberlain has the look of a chic pied-á-terre, as it was once a residential building.
The hotel features a stylish rooftop pool with sweeping views of the city.

So, my dear readers, do you have any tips or advice to share for anyone looking to visit the city of angels?