Who doesn’t love a good transformation?

The very reason why we tune into daytime talk shows especially when they’re featuring some sort of makeover…The very reason why HGTV’s on the top of my hit list…and why DIY network’s very close behind…From a complete gut renovation to some major architectural detailing…Here’s how I transformed a once outdated inn from super stale to fashionably FAB!



The Plan

First off, the floor plan was all wrong. Upon entry, guests were greeted with a reflection of themselves in a floor to ceiling mirror (see first pic) instead of a receptionist. Standing reception almost feels too cold and casual so I opted to transform this tiny box into a custom banquette space instead. That way, you can drop off your bags at a plush seating area instead of right on the floor where dirt and debris can get to it.

The Finishes

Next came paint, lighting, a customized wall-to-wall velvet banquette, and some fabulous architectural details like panel molding gilded in the most glamorous metallic to really help the space shine like a jewel box of a hotel. Mirrors double the space while reflecting much needed light into this abandoned windowless corner.
Doesn’t the space immediately feel more inviting??

New Reception Area

Next came the new reception area. I’ve always wanted to design a small hotel with seated reception since it’s a departure from the expected and sooooo much more glamorous to outfit. Since the first impression is the most important one, I draped the walls in a rich printed brocade to mimic a grand theater interior. Almost like a sneak peek into the main attraction.


When dealing with a franchise, it’s always prudent to know what’s required in the event of a re-design. For example, Quality Inn has specific signage that needs to be incorporated and featured at reception. I had these individual letters that were required for signage so instead of backing them onto just any ol’ board, I found this gorgeous antique mirror with just the right amount of glam and gold to accent the space. Not only does the brand become front row and center, it’s highlighted in such a stylish way, guests look forward to seeing what’s in store for them during their short stay. Anticipation is an integral proponent to the most memorable designs!

 L O B B Y


I abhor structural beams. The bane of my design existence but a typical challenge nonetheless. Instead of cladding this honkin’ piece of steel in mosaics and hard stones, I opted to keep it simple. Gypsum and some paint should suffice. Now she’s an architectural centerpiece to the lobby design. Perfect for rotating fresh seasonal flowers or artwork!

Space Planning

Before, the lobby was divided into 2 smaller spaces: one for seating and one for dining. I demolished this retaining wall to open the space up and make it one long galley. This allows for natural light to stream through the band of windows without disrupting the flow for guests.

Samples First

It’s imperative to test small samples of color before committing to the whole shabang. Different colors react differently to the light filling the space so always, ALWAYS paint small patches before painting entire walls. I initially LOVED the last (3rd) blue on the swatch but when I saw it in the space I knew it would be too depressing and wayyyy too dark to deem “luxe.” Natural lighting makes ALL the difference.
Doesn’t every haute hotel deserve some marble flooring??? I think so!

The Vibe

I wanted to break up our now lengthy lobby space into 3 distinct vignettes with a custom color story for each. One turquoise, one violet, and one rouge. The last thing any guest wants is to share space with other guests. It almost feels like your own private living room complete with rich accessories and global accents. Like you’re traveling afar to feel close to home. Ahhhh, can’t ya just imagine kicking back in these sumptuous custom club chairs?? Fit for a queen!



Before, the dining area was regulated to the rear of the lobby. Way too much space without much design intent made for lackluster visuals and a total waste of premium square footage. I divided this space up into 2 distinct areas, one for casual dining and one for more formal dining. Notice the usage of excessive mirrors. Cavernous spaces BEG for more light!


The formal dining space now doubles as a library where guests can either eat, read a book, or reserve the entire back lot for business meetings if guests are in town for a convention. Think “multi-purpose” when designing small spaces. You’ll never regret making major design statements when the space is used for a variety of functions.

P O O L  and  S P A


Before, the pool was all concrete and no design. Almost looks like a prison cell with those black bars! With the addition of some stained-wood plank decking, bright and bold outdoor furniture, and some strategic planting with lush greenery, we can now call this our very own urban tropical oasis. I’d KILL to be relaxing here right about now.
…or here. I’m not picky ;D
Thanks for joining me while I detail this lengthy process y’all! I find it much more informative if I break down the steps rather than showing y’all just a bunch of pretty “after” photos.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the design. I’ll do my best to answer it all to help you infuse modern global glamour into your very own space!
Come back later this week as I source all the gorgeousness that’s been especially curated for this project! You won’t wanna miss the special edition of shop ’til you drop!!!


  1. This was such an interesting post to read! I never thought about all the challenges you would have designing somewhere like this, and it looks amazing now! Great job 🙂

  2. Wow, you did a great job! I love especially the dining and the pool area! Also it's interesting to see the transformation!

  3. This seriously looks like a boutique hotel in miami or vegas or nyc. AMAZING JOB!!! The lobby alone would make me want to stay in a Quality Inn!

  4. Wow!!! That is quite the transformation, I can hardly believe it's the same place! Never would have thought it could be that glamorous. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment 🙂

  5. This looks amazing!!! Good for you, design is definitely your niche!!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog btw. I've followed you on GFC and bloglovin, I would love it if you followed back xx


  6. This is such a great make-over!
    I especially like the lobby!
    p.s. thanks for visiting my blog! Your blog is very inspiring, let me know if you would like to follow each other 🙂

  7. My jaw just dropped. This is wonderful! I have a huge soft spot for hotels… Love what you did here 🙂

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! xx

  8. Wow what a transformation! You are totally right about the reception being in a bad place to begin with.

  9. Wow, what an amazing transformation! This is beautiful! I'm following now – would love it if you followed back 🙂

  10. Hi Julie!

    Popped over via your comment on trouverlesoleil.

    Your space planning solutions are very creative – giving this hotel lobby seating for sooo many! The seated reception is cozy and personal.

    We have stayed in several Quality Inns during road trips and many are in need of updating. Maybe this client will lead to others for you!

    Where is this project located? Stopping to see it in person would be fun. 🙂


  11. Oh my gosh, you did such an amazing job! I know youve heard it a ton of times, but everything you did made it look so beautiful!

  12. Hi dear, wow, this is an incredible transformation, you are so creative and the great amount of effort and innovation you put into this project is clearly visible. The end results are amazing!

  13. Thank you for commenting over on my little old blog.

    OK – I am blown away by this!! You didn't just do a make-over – you completely transformed the spaces!!

    I want to go stay there!

  14. Still so hard to believe. The ghost chairs look amazing in the eating area, and I love the lacquered walls (I'm guessing it is lacquer and not high gloss?)… At any rate, amazing transformation!!! Whitley at the Queen City Style

  15. OMG this is AMAZING!! What a wonderful and inspired job. I would love to stay there!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Yours is greaT1

  16. Thank you Julie for the super nice message on my blog earlier! I can't believe what an amazing job you did with this! You are sooo talented and so inspiring!!! Wow! You truly have an eye for this and can't wait to see more from you! xx Pip


  17. Wowowowowo this is amazing!!!! Holy crap Julie!! What a transformation. Major props! You're totally gonna help decorate my first home one day, you talented thing you.


  18. What a transformation! Great job you've done there!
    That shade of blue is gorgeous, so majestic!

  19. Gorgeous! The transformation you did on this hotel is amazing! I love the bold use of blue contrasted with the red at the built in area perfect spot for cocktails with friends!
    I really love the informal dining with the smoky chairs and the blue AND your selections of mirrors!
    You did an amazing project, I know look at the Quality Inn in a whole new way!
    Love how you treated the check in area, very personal!

  20. Wow wow wow!!! Such a transformation! I can't decide which is my favorite element. But I'm loving the deep dark walls and gold mirrors!

    xx. Patience


  21. I actually cant believe the transformation – it looks incredible! I love the glamorous look now – it just looks so much better, and all the styling and trinkets look beautiful and really pull the space together.

    Love the pool area too – so stylish!
    Rachie xo

  22. wow love your photos!
    the design looks soo great… you did a very good job!

    thanks for your comment!
    xoxo milla

  23. I'm loving this new look. With most hotels, even if they're nice, I'm used to seeing neutral and beige tones. I really love the pops of colour and the details in this transformation. Looks awesome!


  24. Wow! Seriously…amazing. It looks like night and day – such a wonderful transition! So much higher luxery! 🙂

  25. Wow, your blog is so interesting and that post is very inspiring. That transformation is totally crazy, it looks like a different place now. And I really like it. Great work!

  26. I love this transformation! The navy color on the walls is so pretty and the plush furnishings are so inviting!

  27. Hello dear, I think this is the first blog about design that I find…How great it is!
    I'm your newest follower now, and I hope you will follow me back, it would be great to keep in touch!

  28. thanks for your nice comment. i hope you like other looks in the blog and want to follow me


  29. what a transformation! You did an amazing job. Looks so glamorous and inviting now…true hotel style

    Millie from passiondecor

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