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DON'T FORGET TO LOOK UP

As a designer, I’m eternally and eagerly awaiting an opportunity to visit a different city, or hopefully country, and be inspired by new architecture, design and nature.  Someone once told me early on in my career that a good designer can compliment other designers' work.  Well, that must make me a great designer, because I am perpetually in awe of the creativity and design talents of others.  

 

I recently made a trip to Austin, Texas, a city that is often put into the same hip and growing “it city” conversation as Nashville, and was fortunate enough to explore some of the city's most thoughtfully unique hotels.  I love all aspects of design, but hospitality interior design is my passion.  Boutique hotels, in my humble option, are a collision of the most creative and exciting design woven together under a single roof - a wonderful mix of residential design in the guest rooms and suites, restaurant and retail design in the public areas, and if you’re lucky, spa design.  Most clients hire you to be your most creative self on these projects, and I’m fortunate enough to work for an architect whose passion for collaboration with other creatives pours into every project.  This unassuming approach gives way to some of the most pure and finely detailed spaces, creating interest without chaos, a level of casualness with a distinct sophistication, and a relatable interior that is as timeless as it is approachable.

 

My explorations in Austin did not disappoint; the South Congress neighborhood is active and quirky with amazing food, eclectic retail and great people watching.  It is also home to some fabulously designed hotels, providing me with opportunities to snoop and make limitless discoveries.  As a designer, my advice to you is: don’t forget to look up - you just might miss a design moment!

 

Hanging plants abound and create a more intimate and comfortable outdoor dining experience at the Austin Motel. Design: Bunkhouse

Hanging plants abound and create a more intimate and comfortable outdoor dining experience at the Austin Motel.

Design: Bunkhouse

The entry to Hotel San Jose is inconspicuous while passing on the bustling sidewalk of South Congress Avenue. Design: Bunkhouse

The entry to Hotel San Jose is inconspicuous while passing on the bustling sidewalk of South Congress Avenue.

Design: Bunkhouse

A lovely patio inviting you to explore your room at the Hotel San Jose. Design: Bunkhouse

A lovely patio inviting you to explore your room at the Hotel San Jose.

Design: Bunkhouse

Architecture and nature combine to welcome guests upon arrival at Hotel Saint Cecilia. Design: Bunkhouse

Architecture and nature combine to welcome guests upon arrival at Hotel Saint Cecilia.

Design: Bunkhouse

An intimate setting for breakfast or a cocktail at the Hotel Saint Cecilia. Design: Bunkhouse

An intimate setting for breakfast or a cocktail at the Hotel Saint Cecilia.

Design: Bunkhouse

Lobby restrooms contrast cool wall tiles with warm metals and wood at South Congress Hotel. Design: Dick Clark + Associates, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Studio MAI

Lobby restrooms contrast cool wall tiles with warm metals and wood at South Congress Hotel.

Design: Dick Clark + Associates, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Studio MAI

Lighting detail at the entry courtyard ceiling; don’t forget to look up - you might miss an unexpected design moment.  Design: Dick Clark + Associates, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Studio MAI

Lighting detail at the entry courtyard ceiling; don’t forget to look up - you might miss an unexpected design moment. 

Design: Dick Clark + Associates, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Studio MAI


Thanks to Erin Bethea at D|AAD for contributing this post.