Monday, August 13, 2012

Pasadena Hotel Project- The Reveal

Hospitality design truly has my heart and soul.  Though I may wander through commercial, nightclubs, bar, and high-end residential, I will never waver from the one that initially got me hooked.  My first professional job right after grad was with a 4-5 star resort hotel firm designing international venues around the world.  Having been trained to detail everything from concept to installation, from public areas to private guestrooms, from drafting in CAD to specifying in fixtures and furnishings, I always yearn for that ONE project to come along and sweep me off my feet as a reminder of WHY I really love this game.  It’s the challenge y’all.  And this one was no easy feat.

My client first approached me to completely gut and remodel his franchise hotel chain that’s fixing to go "boutique." He needed a new image, a new concept, basically a WHOLE new direction to help amp up the ordinary and push it into overdrive.  The result:  A global bazaar that glams up traditional inns and short-term stays, one where guests can relax and unwind in lush surroundings devoted to the historic fittings of an old town in our modern time.  Here’s my little excerpt that pretty much sums it all up:

Old town Pasadena is infamous for its eclectic downtown area with a mix of businesses, entertainment, museums, galleries and music events alike.  In keeping with this iconic landmark, we’ve recently renovated the lobby of the Quality Inn to reflect a sense of place, one that is completely grounded in the city’s history and roots.  Design and décor has been curated from antiques and accessories from the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market as well as local vendors who have served the city for decades.  Old world furnishings updated with modern day textiles create a contemporary global environment fit for the everyday traveler in need of posh accommodations.  We’ve outfitted the space with state of the art LCD screens as well as a fully stocked library to accommodate the range of guest needs.  Whether lounging around in the newly renovated lobby or taking a dip in our completely upgraded pool and spa area; One night at the Quality Inn and you can call us your home away from home.


Designed, styled, and photographed by me, Julie Khuu Interior Design.
Peep out more projects from my portfolio HERE.

Join me all week as I detail all the design steps, show you some before and afters (readers’ FAVE!), and source some of the décor and accessories so you can shop the look and bring modern, global glamour into your very own home.

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51 comments:

happi6url said...

Beautiful work! Truly inspired.

Rosie said...

You really are talented!!! I like specially the lounging areas and the chairs with the pillows! I like cozy things... And the first picture of them all just left me breathless =D

xoRosie
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Cathy said...

Wow, every individual detail is spectacular! You have an amazing talent!

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Be Inspired said...

OMG!! I love this reveal all the details and fabulous pops of color, have me dreaming of a visit to Pasadena.. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I am loving your BLOG!!

Katarzyna Majgier said...

Wow!

Congratulations!!!

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Albertina said...

its amazing! You have outdone yourself. Really beautiful and colorful. It doesn't look like a hotel at all. ANd your photographs are wonderful as well. Even the styling of the bookcases is flawless. COngrats!

MseeTime said...

Hello, I'm a new follower. I love what you've done and the colors you chose to work with. I agree; those colors look FAB with that shade of blue!

designchic said...

Wow...what a talent - love your work and excited to be a new follower!

Amberly said...

Congratulations, it looks amazing! What an awesome feeling that must be! I am loving those dining chairs an all of the rich colors. Such great attention to detail. Congrats again! :)

Kristen said...

Wow impressive. What a huge accomplishment.

Alexa said...

Oh my goodness...look at these details. Amazing!

Maggie Adofo said...

The color combinations you used are soo rich and luxurious! I'd feel like royalty if I was to walk into such a place.

Amy said...

Just beautiful! Congrats!

amy

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Sandy a la Mode said...

wow!! this is amazing!! love all the design and detail!!

xo,
Sandy
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Clara Turbay said...

I find your blog interesting and renewed proposals.

Tamara @ Go Fish Style said...

stunning!

xoxo Kellz* said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww thats all i can say:)

Adeola Naomi said...

WOOOOOOOOOOW!
I am stunned

thedreameryblog said...

Absolutely stunning!!

thedreameryblog said...

Absolutely Stunning!!

Alison said...

It looks amazing! I love all of the rich textures and colors.

xoxo Alison
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Sensy~Style said...

The image with the flat screen prominent. The dining room I think- I am so digging the rustic contemporary asian feel of earth tone oranges and golden. finally found my living room colour inspo. Thanks Julz!

Francine Gardner said...

I love what you have done, LOVE it! and i really mean it. Being a designer myself, I am aware off what it takes to pull off such a project, especially with all the layers and details. One can tell that you put your heart and soul into it.
Hospitality is my passion. I work more for residential but get involved with hospitality with my lighting and furniture. It is so interesting that the roles are reversed and the residential industry is now looking to the hospitality world to be inspired by new trends and ideas.

♥ Cassandra (Backtofive) said...

The designs are really classy and beautiful! I love it, hope to visit it someday!

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simplyvonne said...

wowowo it's gorgeous!!! i simply love all the details and vibrant color

Bravoe Runway said...

I can't wait to see your DIY Julie! You are very talented, and to have the opportunity to start redesigning 4-5 star hotels, impressive!

trishie said...

What a creative job you have! This looks amazing

bridechic said...

What a totally gifted woman you are! Well done . . .

Jessica {The Aestate} said...

I just said "oooh!" out loud. VERY well done. Love it!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

julie! thats spectacular! i love it!! great job.

alison g. said...

Very opulent - nice work!

the Queen City Style said...

This is the Quality Inn??? Unbelievable. Julie, thanks so much for visiting the Queen City Style so I could find you. I am a closet decorator... obsessed with design, but no time for that now as a full time stay at home mom and writing this blog. I am so looking forward to following along your fab world of design! Hope to see you again on the Queen City Style! Best, Whitley

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

OMG, LOVE it! I had no idea this is what you do! You totally nailed the "boutique" look. I'm so impressed! I wish you lived in my town so I could hire you to do a future apartment or condo!

Haus and Home said...

Great job, it looks amazing! Lots of great jewel tones and detail!

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

Holy sh*t. You were on HGTV too? What friggin' rock have I been under? Added you to my reader and pinned your hotel project. Dang, I've been missing so much good stuff over here!

Cilla B said...


These pictures are gorgeous

Anna @ IHOD said...

Luxury at every corner! What a beauty!

Whitney Cosgrave said...

wow, this is beautiful! I think this would make it worth driving all the way across the city to see!

Rose Canham said...

wow, this is beautifull you are obviously very talented :)

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Rose xo

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

What am amazing space! I love it!! That is the most original and smashing shade of blue I've ever seen!!

Juliette said...

This is mind-blowing Julie!
You need to come work here, in Paris :)

lifeisamaze said...

Lovely design, I love the colors !

How2home said...

WOW! This hotel is stunning! I adore the turquoise chair with the yellow cushion.....that is a banging color combo! Great design Julie!

FASHION CHALET said...

Can I come with you to work!? Amazing job! I'm both inspired and motivated to join your profession! :)

Too bad we don't live closer ;)

Xx

Votre Amie said...

It's incredible!!!! Love the mixture of bold jewel tones and metallics! Totally luxe and gorgeous!
x
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Jess said...

Wow, you did an amazing job on this! I wish you lived closer so we could do all sorts of shopping and you could help me with baby's nursery!

Apron Girl said...

Amazing! I love the mix of reds, blues & gold I just did a post on my love for tufts today so I am completely gaga over your furniture choices. Also I am a big sucker for anything with nail heads. Great combinations!


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jayandjamielynn said...

Beautifully done! I'm always amazed at how people like you have such an eye for interior design. I'm a new follower of your blog, and will totally be looking to your posts for inspiration as my husband and I purchase our first home later this year!

-Jamie Lynn

amanda said...

what an amazing space!

The Select & Cy said...

Think you for your visit in my blog.
It's good work!
You have beatiful hotel now! :)

Amy said...

wow, what an amazing transformation!

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