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We love the hospitality industry and have been privileged to work on many high profile hotel projects over the years – from the Five-Star, Five Diamond The Grand Del Mar to La Jolla’s historic Grande Colonial. Fortunately, our newest project allows us to continue our work in an industry we love.

Historic Grande Colonial located in La Jolla, California

Rendering of Park Lounge Bar at the Fairmont Austin

Manchester Financial Group’s $370 million Fairmont Austin is a 1,066-room, 37-story, 1.4 million-square-foot high-rise convention hotel in the heart of Texas’ capital. We have been tapped to handle all interior design for this exciting new project, slated for completion in June 2017.

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Featuring classic patterns, dynamic modern designs and a mix of materials, wallpaper -which dates back to Egyptian and Roman wall paintings – is back.

Wall coverings in homes emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages, when the upper classes used intricate and decorative tapestries as décor and to minimize drafts.

The use of wall coverings boomed during the Renaissance with beautifully woven fabrics used as decoration on walls, tables and doorways.

Around this time, paper was introduced as a less expensive, more practical alternative to fabrics and tapestries.

This classic pattern – Antonelli Damask by Thibaut – lends a pop of color and a traditional touch to a marble-clad bathroom.

This classic pattern – Antonelli Damask by Thibaut – lends a pop of color and a traditional touch to a marble-clad bathroom.

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Stenciling is the age-old technique of transferring a single pattern or multiple designs onto the surface of an object, door or wall, with paint or ink. Typically, it is done using a thin sheet of material with a design cut out – through which a different colored paint or ink is carefully applied.

Stenciling is often applied as a decorative border on ceilings and at the top of walls (Courtesy of The Grand Del Mar)

Stenciling is often applied as a decorative border on ceilings and at the top of walls (Courtesy of The Grand Del Mar)

Dating back thousands of years, the Egyptians used stencils to decorate tombs, while the ancient Greeks utilized them to outline mosaic designs. In recent years, the art of stenciling has reemerged as an intriguing way to liven up and add warmth and dimension to a room, and it can be a more cost-effective alternative to wallpaper.

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With glimmers of optimism in the economy, homeowners are more confident and ready to change their homes and experiment with different colors and design styles that reflect the following trends emerging in 2014.

Back to basics. Black and white will be popular for 2014. Both are timeless classics and can be easily juxtaposed with different colors and textures. Charcoal will remain de rigueur.

Pops of color. Vibrant hues such as coral, yellow-green and bright blue and green will dominate infusing vivid accents into neutral palettes. You can never go wrong with a blue and white combo.

A crisp blue and white color scheme is always in style, especially along the coast.

A crisp blue and white color scheme is always in style, especially along the coast.

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Today, anything goes in holiday decorating. Gone are the days of simple red and green décor. While these colors are still important, holiday accents now run the color spectrum from amethyst and deep blue to metallic to bright white and ivory.

Our mantra this holiday season? Keep it simple and ultra-chic with a personal flair. Read on for timeless decorating tips that will add fun and festivity to your holiday home this season:

  • Always use fresh items in your décor like evergreen and tuberoses because the scents of the season are as important as the visuals.
  • With this in mind, use scented candles and fragrance diffusers throughout your home – cinnamon sticks also add a wonderful aroma.
  • Create a vignette of your favorite ornaments, photos or mementos. This works well in an entry hall, sitting area or front porch.
  • Consider reducing your color palette to one color plus a metallic such as gold or silver. For a modern look, a cool white pairs well with many colors.

Consider simplifying your color palette to one or two colors plus a metallic such as gold or silver. (Photo courtesy The Grand Del Mar)

Consider simplifying your color palette to one or two colors plus a metallic such as gold or silver. (Photo courtesy The Grand Del Mar)

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We love classic architecture and especially enjoy the thought and detail that goes into preserving history. So it was with great pleasure that we recently took on the refurbishment of the Grande Colonial hotel – La Jolla, California’s oldest original hotel. 

The Grande Colonial, which celebrated its centennial this year, opened in 1913 as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel.

The Grande Colonial, which celebrated its centennial this year, opened in 1913 as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel.

The hotel, which celebrated its centennial this year, was opened in 1913 as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel. Originally a white-frame structure, it was designed by famed San Diego architect Richard Requa in a classic colonial-revival style.   In 1928, a massive remodel was completed and the Requa structure was moved to the rear of the property. A four-story concrete structure added 28 apartments and 25 single hotel rooms, as well as the first sprinkler system west of the Mississippi.

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