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.
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