Chic Ideas

  • Martyn Lawrence Bullard Revamps Casa Laguna

    By Sara Bliss on August 9, 2016
    One of my all time favorite design hotels is Colony Palms by designer-to-the-stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard. This year the brilliant designer has put his globally-inspired stamp on the revamp of Casa Laguna. The 23-room boutique hotel consists of several Spanish Colonial style buildings dating back to the 1900s in Laguna Beach California. The compound is set overlooking the Pacific just a few blocks […]
  • Chic Daybeds from Dar Nanka in Marrakech

    By Sara Bliss on July 2, 2013
    These amazing daybeds caught my eye at the 8-room Dar Nanka Hotel & Spa in Marrakech. Swap them for your standard loungers and they would bring a little bit of Morocco to your poolside. You could have a woodworker copy the design, or if you are closer to Morocco, contact the designer. He doesn’t have a website, but the hotel […]
  • Seaside Chic at Capo la Gala in Sorrento, Italy

    By Sara Bliss on May 10, 2013
    The striped floors at The Mark, reminded me of some other fantastic floors, these groovy zig zag versions at Italy’s Capo La Gala. Done in orange and blue tile, the provide amazing inspiration for a tiled bathroom or kitchen floor or a painted porch, mudroom, or foyer floor. So fun. The 22-room hotel is built into the cliffside with every room […]
  • Kelly Wearstler’s Rhapsody

    By Sara Bliss on October 11, 2012
    Designer Kelly Wearstler has truly transformed the relationship between hotels and design. Starting with Maison 140 and continuing with the Viceroy  hotels, Kelly has shown that innovative, unexpected, and cutting edge design works beautifully in a hotel. The boutique hotel industry has followed her bold lead, realizing that a fabulously designed hotel is a destination onto itself. Whether it is experiencing a hotel’s […]
  • The Songs of Summer from Sunset Beach

    By Sara Bliss on August 31, 2012
    When Sunset Beach opened a decade ago in Shelter Island it was a big change for the sleepy island. Sunset Beach was formerly the Shelter Island Motel–a rundown, totally unhip spot. André Balazs swooped in with a vision for what the place could be. For the rooms, he brought in a coat of white paint, some bold yellow stripes for color, […]
  • An Outdoor Barbecue at Playa Vik José Ignacio

    By Sara Bliss on July 28, 2012
    Perched on a stunning stretch of the Uruguayan coastline, Playa Vik is adding some spark to the sleepy fishing town of José Ignacio. Just like its sister property, the Estancia Vik ranch located on 4000 acres just 5 miles away, Playa Vik also boasts an impressive art collection and is eco-friendly to boot. Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott  gave the main building, floor-to-ceiling […]