Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Take Me There: The Dream Downtown in NYC

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A couple of years ago on a work trip out to NYC I was booked into the Dream Hotel in Manhattan.  At the time, I had never heard of the hotel, but the girl who made my travel arrangements told me it was, and I quote, “A totally cool, modern, sorta trippy hotel” that I would love.  She was spot on – I photographed my way through the hotel to the point where my Facebook friends called a moratorium on hotel photos.  Well, it seems that Dream Hotels have recently expanded and now have a second location in Manhattan, this one even cooler than the original.

The building was designed in the 1960’s by Albert C. Ledner for the National Maritime Union, and is appropriately dotted with portholes.  The Dream Downtown was given it’s modern twist by the team at Handel Architects who decided to keep the portholes and incorporate other awesome features like the glass-bottom pool.

I particularly love the lobby lounge and garden walk which are outfitted with teak wood, and allow light in from the glass-bottomed pool above.

You’ll find the Marble Lane Restaurant sunken in the middle of the lobby, dotted with what seems like a never-ending supply of globe-shaped lights.

And then, there are the rooms.

I just love the incorporation of the portholes into the design of the room – every room is different and you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get.  I think I’d request a corner room like the first photo in the room section above to get as much light as possible!

What do you think of the Dream Downtown?  Would you stay here?

Photos 2, 4, and 5 courtesy of Bruce Damonte.

All other photos via the Dream Hotel.


Friday, October 1st, 2010

Flickr Faves on Friday: Beautiful Kitchen


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I am very envious of this lovely room belonging to Flickr member from the right bank/ Ally. It really shows how beautiful the contrast between a white room and wood can be. I also love her mix of different styles and eras, as well as her unique centerpiece. The large chandelier is perfectly scaled to the room, and gives this special part of the kitchen importance. I love Ally’s style, you can see a whole lot more about this eat-in kitchen in her home and more of her great taste at her blog, fromtherightbank.


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

New From Lights Up!: Walker 5 Arm Chandelier


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Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier

Say hello to the Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier AKA my new personal favorite light fixture from Lights Up!. I am a huge fan of faux bois everything and these shades are no exception. Gorgeous! If faux bois isn’t your thing, don’t worry — this chandelier comes in 31 shade fabric options and they are all made from 100% Recycled PET fabric! If that’s not enough to make you fall in love, you even have a choice between candle clip shades (shown above) or a large drum shade (shown below). How great is that?!

Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier

Click to check out the Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier and the entire Lights Up! collection.


Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Lights Up! Gets Some Apartment Therapy Love


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I have absolutely no time to read all my favorite blogs this week and construct a post with my favorite links, but I was excited to see the Meridian Pendant in mumm by Lights Up! receive some AT love the other day. I originally bought this lamp for my own home at DRTC here in Atlanta, and when Drew, a founder of Design Public came to visit, I showed it to him and told him we simply must find out the vendor and carry it at DP. That was years ago, and the graphic prints of the Lights Up! fixtures are still going strong.

In following the AT Before/After story of the Lights Up! owners Nick and Kate (photographed above), I followed the trail to another favorite blog, Door Sixteen. Apparently, Nick and Kate inquired about the pendant lamp they spied in Door Sixteen’s New Years Eve Party Post, which is this lovely piece from another favorite of mine, Mibo. The uber-renovators over at Door Sixteen led Nick and Kate over to Design Public, where they eventually picked out their mumm Meridian Pendant Lamp.

I’m starting to feel like Elaine on Seinfeld typing all of these exclamation points. When I actually take the time to edit my own posts (which is, ah, ahem, not that often, usually after I’ve posted and read it live and say “oh crud, this post is a disaster.”), I find myself cutting out exclamation point after exclamation point, so you are kind of killing me right now, Lights Up!(!!!)!

Nick and Kate’s photos swiped from Apartment Therapy Boston

Door Sixteen photos swiped from Door Sixteen’s Apartment Therapy House Tour – you MUST check this out if you haven’t already! Door Sixteen hit my radar during The Homies blog contest; it’s an excellent renovation and design blog, and the photography rocks.