It’s not often that a small neighborhood hotel can become a trending tourist destination. Safari-themed Mustang Nero is the boutique hotel in Phra Khanong, Bangkok, that has transformed into a place that travelers want to visit, even just for a photograph.
Located just steps from the Phra Khanong BTS station, The Mustang Nero hotel is a buried treasure in the Phra Khanong soi or precinct. It’s not hard to spot this boutique hotel, with its three-floor building painted in black.
Even so, the simplistic exterior does not match up with the interior, which charms its guest upon the entrance. Vintage appliances, large tropical plants, and odd choices of decorations add a peculiar, yet mystic atmosphere to the cozy lobby space. The shaded lobby is a literal jungle, enveloped with giant plants and animal taxidermy.
The hotel consists of ten rooms, each overflowing with native plants along the building’s original scored wood paneling. The doors of each room are marked by a sign that indicates the animal spirit inside including, the Dragon, the Zebra, the Flamingo, and the Wolf.
The décor is kept minimal, blending the design with vintage furniture to create a raw and industrial aesthetic. Plants and chairs are used to fill the bedrooms, which keep the overall hotel design coherent. Other bedrooms donned pink and navy walls besides green velvet chairs. The hotel is like a museum, meticulously designed and staged with an intermix of colors and vintage ornaments.
Breakfasts feature homemade jams, organic vegetables, and artisan ingredients, prepared by Khun Joy, former set designer turned owner and chef at Mustang Nero.
Although nestled quite far from the Bangkok city center at Pathum Wan, there is plenty to see and do in the neighborhood, including the ‘Soho’ of Bangkok, Hof Art Space, the Naiipa Art Complex and the EM shopping malls.
Mustang Nero is Bangkok’s version of a mystic artist loft, tailored for creative professionals and those who have the urge to live among unique things.
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura occupies the rooftop of the brand’s store on Rodeo Drive, a two-mile-long street in Beverly Hills that is host to a parade of luxury fashion boutiques.
The restaurant takes part of its name from head chef Massimo Bottura, who has created a “deeply Italian” menu for the venue.
This marks the second time that Bottura has partnered with Gucci. Back in 2018, the three-Michelin-star chef worked with the brand on its eatery in Florence, Italy. This sits inside the store-cum-museum Gucci Garden that both sells and exhibits unique Gucci pieces.
The 50-cover LA location is designed to be an “intimate and cosy” space that nods to the opulent aesthetic of the existing Florence venue.
It has a private entrance at street level, where the restaurant’s name is written across an illuminated slab of pale marble. Guests are greeted in a lobby upstairs, which is covered in tree-printed wallpaper from Gucci’s homeware range.
Star-shaped spotlights punctuate the black ceiling, while an ornately patterned red rug overlays the parquet wooden floor.
Star forms appear again on the mosaic floors of the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, which looks out over Beverly Hills’ bustling, palm tree-lined streets.
A series of jade-green steel beams run overhead, supporting a sheet of awning that can be pulled across to shield diners from the sun.
Dining tables with red-marble countertops are dotted throughout, along with wicker, bistro-style chairs.
An antique wooden pulpit has also been repurposed as an outdoor bar counter.
Concertina glazed doors close off the indoor eating area, which is anchored by a huge, curved seating banquette upholstered in merlot-red velvet.
Gucci is part of a growing wave of high-end fashion houses that have their own restaurants – Louis Vuitton recently threw open the doors to Sugalabo V, an eatery set within its store in Osaka, Tokyo.
Tucked behind a speakeasy-style door, the intimate dining space features chocolate-brown surfaces and jewel-tone furnishings.
There are few routines at home that feel more like a ritual than bedtime. The parade of nightly tasks can take many forms, but they’re always meant to downshift the whir of daily life to something more muted. But if your bedroom isn’t set up to soothe, it’s hard to drift gently off to sleep—or to get the quality of rest you crave.
“An ideal bedroom will provide an environment for rest, positivity, and relaxation,” says interior designer Natalie Kraiem. “[It] should feel like your favorite hotel suite, but with personal items such as a few picture frames, a nice candle, and a book.”
Refreshing a space as intimate as where you sleep has the power to reframe your perspective on comfort. Changing even small things can have a major impact on your sleep.
Invest in a quality mattress—seriously
When was the last time you replaced your mattress? It’s customary to replace a mattress every 7 to 10 years, but it’s also important to listen to your body ahead of that. Do you have back aches, or a general uncomfortable feeling when you’re in bed? Are you waking up not feeling rested? Do you get a better night’s sleep when you travel, and not just because it’s vacation? These are all tell-tale signs that something is up with the place you sleep.
Incorporate lighting in layers
Finding ways to cut down on unwanted bedroom light at nighttime will make falling asleep that much easier. Seek out a window treatment that will obscure outside brightness at night but doesn’t block it during the day: Kraiem suggests lightweight curtains or Roman shades in a beautiful fabric with blackout lining behind either.
Bring in calming scents
Chamomile. Lavender. Cedar. Ylang ylang. Whether it’s from a candle in smokey glass, a beautiful ceramic incense holder, or a sleek stone diffuser, tranquil scents are great to bring into the bedroom for their stress- and anxiety-relieving properties. (It’s nice that home-fragrance packaging is so good-looking these days, too.)
Pay attention to linens
“Bedding is crucial to good sleep and the design of the room,” says Kraiem. The area around your bed is just as important as the bed itself. Adding a rug or quieting tatami mat underfoot offers a soft landing pad, and means cozy feet never meet cold floors straightaway.
Spring for soothing-to-you colors
A bedroom’s color scheme (in addition to lighting) will not only set the mood for the furniture and accents, it can also affect your emotions and routine. However, soothing doesn’t always mean light—depending on your preference, sometimes that means playful and bright, moodier, or contrasting.
Declutter to decompress
Clutter and organization go hand-in-hand with sleep quality, Kraiem notes. “A bedroom should be peaceful, to remove any type of anxiety.” Find homes for books and knickknacks, and strategically install baskets or bins so it’s harder to litter clothes on the ground. As for electronics, try to check them at the door. That also means no TVs in the bedroom, either—some distance may offer the disconnection you didn’t know you craved.
Keep in mind arrangement and size
Symmetry and harmony are important where you sleep, according to Kraiem. “I like to find a balance in bedrooms, where the bed is always the focal point,” she says. Bed height is particularly important. It should be proportionate to your height so that when laying down, you feel grounded—not too low or too high. And it should be appropriate for the size of the room; high ceilings can afford a taller frame and smaller spaces benefit from a lower profile.
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If the mission of a spa is to create a memorable and rejuvenating experience, Shanghai’s Jiyu Spa brings exceptional beauty, peace and an immersive experience into a broader perspective.
Shanghai-based Hip-pop design team, has visually transformed Freud’s idea into a design inspiration. The Jiyu Spa targets the hidden unconscious mind to feel and enjoy the current moment, not over-analyzing what the mind sees.
The experience is an instant fantasy. Visitors are immersed in peaceful projections of the natural world, where a blurred LED screen plays the cascading movement of a waterfall and slow blooming motions of a young flower. Bonsai trees and waterfalls create a dreamy effect contrasted by futuristic LED-lit glass panels.
To add, this dreamy space is a transformation of a four-dimensional direction of time and space. Creative visuals and a harmonic background music are components to a poetic device to slow the restless. Reflective glass boxes and transparent panels extending outwards from the space, blur the line between reality and the imagined. A play on light and dark is the second poetic device. Shadows appearing over the light reflected off the glossy floors create a visual space capable to capture the unconscious mind. Rooms switching from light to dark and vice versa is a proposition of means to rejuvenate and pays tribute to the fore-coming designs of future wellness spaces.
The euphoric experience brought on by Hip-pop is an escape from the city upbringings of Shanghai. The team places visitors away from the routine life. Jiyu sets an unconventional example using principles of time and space. The design brings a new perspective that a spa is not solely an immersive experience for the physical body, but for the emotional mind.
Trending: Pantone Blue.
From lush living room ideas to relaxing bathroom and bedroom sanctuaries, these fresh pantone 2020 interior ideas and settings are guaranteed to help spark some classic blue interior decorating inspiration suitable for every abode.
A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a restful color that brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit. In applications related to home decor, Pantone notes that Classic Blue is a pervasive favorite, offering the promise of protection, a stable foundation, and creative confidence. The hue is easily applied across different materials, textures, and finishes, Pantone noted, and can express tradition and elegance as well as boldness.
Maybe time to swap for a sofa, repaint those walls or decorating your upcoming overseas home? These ideas are here to help.
The sphere lamp is a timeless and versatile option that can fit into any types of home. It’s a mesmerizing addition that captures the eye, with its perfect symmetry and even distribution of light.
The Dipping Light
Back in February 2019, London-based designer Jordi Canudas debuted a colorful lighting series at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Named the Dipping Light, a sphere lamp dipped in semi-translucent paint is set onto a matte brass cylinder. Completely handmade, the gradient lamps come in two sizes with six different colors and can captivate just about any types of space with their unique colors. The shades of paint sift the light when on, creating a playful ambient effect. When off, the colored sphere is an eye catching décor that adds personality to the home.
Several months later, Canudas continued the story of the Dipping Light. The lamp was transformed into a series of portable lamp, suspension lamp and wall lamp, to bridge between the possibility of having the lamp lit multiple types of space. The suspension lamp makes a mesmerizing visual effect, and takes center stage of an overall interior composition.
IC T1 FLOS Lamp
Designed by Michael Anastassiades at FLOS, the IC collection is a sphere lamp typified by an orb of light positioned along the minimal lines of the frame. The orb touches the frame at one single point, seemingly floating along the line. The original collection is designed with chrome steel but the Black Edition finished in matte black enhance the bolder lines of the frame. Included in the Black Edition are not only table lamps, but floor lamps, wall lamps and a hanging pendant version of the IC collection.
The sphere lamp comes in various compositions. All have kept to their minimal design and the spherical lamps diffuse a warm and even glow. The IC Collection operates as well as a sculpture inside a space as it does a fully functional light. The sharp angles of the frame coupled with the smooth sphere does balance. You can also get the perfect level of lighting with its dimmer feature.
Vetro Table Lamp
Desgined by the in-house team at MADE Studio, Vetro is simple and elegant. A frosted opal glass globe is fitted on a glossy finish at a tilted angle. There is a striking contrast between the base and the off-white globe.
The table lamp comes in the original black, matte opal, peacock green and dusty pink. The latest editions include two new designs with the base in white marble and black marble. The unusual shape gives off a unique charm, perfect for a side table or along a drawer. The bulb exudes a warm soft glow. The lamp is a bit retro, a type of reminiscent of the style icons of the 60s.
The Sphere, designed by the in-house team at Heal’s, is inspired by the intricacies of Japanese design and illustration. The Sphere table light is hand-blown and hand-finished with a graceful swirl pattern on both the shade and base. Made from opal glass, the subtle geometric pattern is revealed through a matte frosted surface upon illumination. As a dual-source lamp, the user can choose to illuminate the top, the bottom or both simultaneously.
The combination exudes a warm and bright glow in the space. A pattern of shadows and light is formed from its swirl pattern when turned on, creating this zen-like effect when you look closely.
In the sleepy mountains of Sapa, Vietnam, stands a whimsical creation by Bill Kingsley. Kingsley is the mastermind behind some of Asia’s most stunning hotels, all of which resemble 19th -century European palaces. His latest Hotel de la Coupole on the hills of Sapa, is no exception.
In the 1880s, the French marched into Sapa. Colonial administrators began to frequent the hills as a retreat to hide from the heat of the Mekong Delta. The region became a French envision, with colonial buildings one against another that overtook the tribal villages. As the wars raged on in the 40s, both the French and locals fled the area. It was not until the 1960s when the locals returned and transformed this sleepy town into today’s mystical destination.
The mustard walls and framed windows of Hotel de la Coupole collectively capture the essence of European palaces. Domed entrances and turrets, associated with the heavens, refine the location of the hotel perched atop of Sapa, once called the ‘Roof of Indochina.’ Stripped rooftops in black and white and the mix of orange shades add mid-century modern. The top floor with a double height ceiling is lined with giant windows across a continuous balcony. Iron finishing and columns that stretch over several floors resemble intricate Parisian architecture from the industrial age.
Travelers are greeted by a colorful assemblage at the lobby. The large shelve and mannequins dressed in half finished tuxedos atop is a classic visual. The lobby, with a white ceiling and moldings, is decked with tiered red lamps, velvet green chairs, and classic French tiling. Giant tassels dangle from the wall lamps lighting the lobby. And a spiral iron staircase twists its way to the second floor at the Café. The lobby is already a whimsical play on colors, shapes and textiles.
Hotel de la Coupole’s pool is a remake of an 18th-century bathhouse. Under a double height ceiling, travelers can gently glide through the pool under its red chandeliers. A handful of reclining chairs behind leafy patterned curtains can allow plenty of time to relax after exploring the hills and valleys of Sapa. The town’s timeless charm is reflected in every corner of the hotel. The Absinthe Bar hosts a spectacular view above the clouds. An open fireplace and a rotunda seating establish an intimate evening for guests to watch the clouds of Sapa move by, while we can confirm that it is not a hallucinogenic effect.
Surrounded by misty mountains and rice terraces, half of the rooms at Hotel de la Coupole open to this spectacular view through their balconies. The rooms are painted in different shades: standard rooms in mustard, deluxe rooms in dark green while suites in red. The bold colors and the intoxicating use of velvet furniture and flamboyant lamps speak French style design. To add, traditional folklore fabrics and textiles dominate the bed linens and cushions. All rooms come with a free-standing bathtub cemented on some intricate tiling work.
As the new icon of Vietnam’s mountainous north, Hotel de la Coupole is there to tell the forgotten story of Sapa.
Penang’s Macalister Mansion is conceptualized as a quirky and sophisticated lifestyle destination where guests are treated to a series of experiences not unlike those found in the hospitality of an actual home.
Grand and imposing, Macalister Mansion on Macalister Road in George Town, is a paean to what sensitive and innovative restoration and re-purposing can achieve. From the modern fibreglass bust of Colonel Norman Macalister at the entrance to this century-old mansion, to the Cellar bar which showcases original architectural details of this heritage hotel, Macalister Mansion is the poster child for restoration, with a nod to heritage yet flirts with modernism.
Built in 1880, the mansion was originally owned by an Indian moneylender or chettiar. A China-born property tycoon Choong Lye Hock bought No.228 Macalister Road in the late 1800s and lived there with his family and his mother together with an entire retinue of staff including gardeners, cooks and 20 servants. The boutique hotel however, now pays tribute to Sir Norman Maclister, one of the first British Governors of Penang from 1808 to 1910.
European in design but Asian in decoration, it was the office of the Consumer Association of Penang for a decade before it was acquired by the present owners. Present owner Datuk Sean H’ng worked closely with architect Colin Seah from the Ministry of Design, an architectural firm based in Singapore. They worked to rehabilitate this outstanding building to its former glory, paying minute attention to conserving significant architectural details whilst infusing the property with contemporary design elements.
The original columns were reinforced, staircases and archways repaired, plaster was removed to reveal original brick walls and cornices, and the windows soundproofed. With specially commissioned artworks from Malaysia and Southeast Asia, this is a quirky yet sophisticated eight room hotel. The two restaurants and two bars at Penang’s Macalister Mansion are decorated with whimsy and imagination, a well-balanced juxtaposition of the old and new living harmoniously together.
The Ford’s post-White House desert getaway was a true reflection of their personalities—cozy, comfortable, efficient, and completely of the moment.
Once upon a time, exiting Presidents helicoptered off into the sunset bathed in a nostalgic glow of self-sacrifice and a well-deserved return to the private sector. Their dwellings in the US remain to be quite a mystery to the public.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan returned to their California ranch and ultimately a gracious but low-key 7,000 square foot home in Bel Air; George and Barbara Bush took refuge in a Houston condo along with their seaside family compound in Maine; and Bill and Hillary Clinton moved into a discreet Dutch colonial in New York, while Barack and Michele Obama bought a gracious Tudor-style manor house in Washington DC.
President Gerald and Betty Ford, accidental occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue following the resignation of Richard Nixon, were the definition of low-key Midwesterners who brought their Ann Arbor candor and charm to the American people. Their White House was all about a national healing, followed by an open and honest baring of their souls as they demonstrated that they were.
Located on the 13th fairway of the lush Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, the sprawling Southern California midcentury desert getaway was designed in 1977 for the Fords by Welton Becket & Associates.
For the interiors, they engaged Beverly Hills decorator Laura Mako, a favorite of Hollywood luminaries Mako fulfilled the Fords’ request for a home that, while embracing the desert modern aesthetic, was also comfortable, colorful and, most importantly, happy.
Fast forward 35 years to 2012, the Ford family estate put the house on the market a year after Betty’s death. At that same time, two Los Angeles entertainment executives had commenced a search for a weekend getaway. They were immediately drawn to the Ford desert getaway’s pure, clean lines and gracious layout. The end result is hardly a time capsule, but a wistful reminder of another era’s stylistic expressions and defining values, updated for today’s lifestyle while still reflecting the gentle, post-Presidential journey of Gerald and Betty Ford.
When technology and the bedroom meet, the end creation is a rotating bed.
Nicknamed the ‘Three Sixty,’ this rotating bed by English Savoir, can be controlled and rotated 360 degrees with just a quick touch on a smartphone.
This rotating bed was produced from 300 hours of skilled labor, from the making of the mattress to the construction of the curved headboard and frames. Savoir teamed up with world’s foremost turntable maker, Bumat, which produces the turntables for the Geneva Motor Show, for the seamlessly rotating platform that supports the bed.
Cotton velvet was used in the headboard and an exclusive topper made from the fibers of a Mongolian yak were sourced from Dedar. Savoir embedded reading lights and USB outlets to the bed to give the owners their utmost convenience. The bed was paired with additional sheet sets made with premium Egyptian cotton.
Savoir reveals that their legendary design sprang from a custom request last year, “when a chateau owner couldn’t decide if they wanted their bed to face the window or the fireplace.”
Savoir traces its roots back to London‘s Savoy Hotel, whose founder, a theater impresario, hotelier and traveler, Richard D’Oyly Carte, found that when no beds matched his standards, decided to make his own. Savoir beds begin from USD 10,000, which can include bespoke designs: headboards made from horsehair to vegan leather alternatives. Each bed takes at least 10 hours in the making. And no more than 1,000 beds are made each year.
The ‘Three Sixty’ is one that combines aesthetics, ultra-luxury and technology. Would you be willing to pay half a million dollars on this rotating bed?
Source: Trend Talker