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What’s so wonderful about design is that you never know where you will find inspiration! So often what we are seeing now in hospitality settings such as hotels can be translated into the home. One may even say many hotels and public spaces are purposely designed to feel like an actual living space.

I’m on location today, in the City of Brotherly Love for a shoot with IKEA and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN TV..stay tuned for highlights. Checking into the Le Meridien hotel in Philadelphia I was mesmerized by all of the unique design elements that I believe can so easily be translated into your own living space.  From color to texture and use of space, these folks got it right!

Here are some of my design highlights and why…

MAIN LOBBY

MAIN LOBBY

The main lobby feels so warm in cozy. I love the mix of gray upholstered pieces mixed with the ultra white modern chairs and leather ottomans.  Also, the use of burnt orange against the lighter fabrics.

SMALL LOBBY AREA

SMALL LOBBY AREA

This cozy sitting space near the front desk would work as the perfect living room! I love the use of an arch lamp over the sectional sofa, which is a design technique I use all the time.  I also love the look and feel of the tufted leather ottoman instead of a traditional coffee table.

RESTAURANT

RESTAURANT

The hotel’s only restaurant has the look and feel of a private dining room.

DINING ROOM LIGHT FIXTURE

DINING ROOM LIGHT FIXTURE

Isn’t this light fixture simply grand! A mix of fabric and dangling crystals that really adds a sense of Hollywood Glam to the hotel’s restaurant.

BUSINESS AREA

BUSINESS AREA

The hotel’s business center. Could you work here? I just wanted to sink down in the comfy chairs and catch a minute of meditation!

BUSINESS CENTER DESK AREA

BUSINESS CENTER DESK AREA

The work area in the business center.

As someone who loves old world details. I LOVE that in creating a hotel, they left the natural brick exposed! Simply stunning!

The king rooms feel more like studio apartments and being from New York City, I would say if this was an apartment you would never want to give it up!

Granted this mid century modern chair is nothing new and is often overused but tucked into a corner of the room it works! I also love the contrast of the rich ruby drapes against the gray flannel chair.

Love the function and sleek design of this lacquered wardrobe.

What an innovative night stand design. Side slits in the marble nightstand make the perfect hideaway for magazines.

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