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Shaker/Japanese Simplicity at Ace Hotel’s New Sister City on the Bowery

One of all-time favorites design/hospitality enterprises, Atelier Ace, recently launched its newest “sub-label,” called Sister City in NYC.  The 12-story hotel recently opened on the Bowery, a formerly gritty stretch in East Village that was a sometimes-dangerous no-man’s land (speaking from experience). Here’s a look. Above: The exterior, in the formerly gritty Bowery neighborhood. Above: Above: Above: Above: Above: Above: Above: For more Ace...
Tags: Books, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Hotels & Restaurants


Italian Spring: A Villa in the Puglia Countryside, with Rooms for Let

For us, nowhere has more exemplified the ideal rustic-chic Italian getaway than Masseria Moroseta. For the past three years, since we first covered it, we’ve pored over the whitewashed rooms, designed by architect Andrew Trotter, on a working olive oil farm, with low-key, white slipcovered sofas and windows looking out at an open courtyard. Now, at last, we have another Italian getaway to dream about: Villa Castelluccio, Trotter’s latest, renovated in the countryside of Puglia, and soon availabl...
Tags: Books, Italy, Italian, Puglia, Trotter, Architecture & Interiors, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Hotels & Restaurants, Casa Privata, Andrew Trotter, Puglia Countryside, Villa Castelluccio Trotter, Moroseta Villas Join, Salva López, Marcelo Martinez


Minimalist Perfection at LA’s Maru Coffee

The next time we’re in LA, we’ll be stopping by one of Maru Coffee‘s two locations. We’ve been following its Instagram account, @marucoffeela, and are intrigued with its minimalist design and attention to detail. The founders, Joonmo Kim and Jacob Park, who met while working at a coffee shop—naturally—opened Maru’s first location in Los Feliz in 2016. (Maru roughly means “mountaintop” in Korean, a nod to both their shared heritage and to the fact that good coffee beans often come from high altit...
Tags: Books, La, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Park, Kim, Los Feliz, Maru, Kono, Design Travel, Restaurant Visit, Hotels & Restaurants, Coffee Shops & Cafes, Jacob Park, Kalita, Hawkins New York Now


Hotel Hakuba: A Japanese Ski Lodge for Scandi Design Fanatics

Located in a village near Nagano, the site of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Hotel Hakuba is a ski lodge from Onecollection founders Ivan Hansen and Hans Henrik merging Japanese architecture with midcentury Scandinavian design. A bit of history: In 2000, Hansen and Henrik acquired the rights to produce the designs of Danish midcentury icon Finn Juhl. “Since part of the line is produced in Japanese workshops, we already had a strong affiliation with the country,” they say. Hotel Hakuba is their first ...
Tags: Books, Japan, France, Tokyo, Japanese, Copenhagen, Nagano, Henrik, Hansen, Finn Juhl, DWR, Hakuba, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Hakuba


Davelle: 13 Ideas to Steal from New York’s Tiniest Jewelbox Restaurant

A magic thing about New York is the way that, every now and then, you stumble upon a little jewel box—a room, a restaurant—on a side street, behind an innocuous storefront, where you least expect it. When Julie and I both spotted a photo of Davelle, a new restaurant on the Lower East Side, a while back, it seemed just that sort of small gem: not much from the outside—easy, even, to walk by, if its grate were pulled across the front its narrow shopfront—but inside, a bright and thoughtful little ...
Tags: Books, Japan, New York, NYC, Restaurants, New York City, Czech Republic, Manhattan, Japanese, Mimi, Lower East Side, Julie, Mika, Small-Space Living, Design Travel, Restaurant Visit


A Scottish Stone House with a Minimalist Soul (Available for Let)

When the setting is as dramatic as the windswept terrain of the Scottish Highlands, it’s best to leave interiors simple. Which is why, when tasked with saving an abandoned, century-old stone house in the Scottish countryside for conservationist/hotelier group Wildland (the same owners behind Killiehuntly and Glenfeshie Estate), Edinburgh-based architecture firm GRAS (founded by rising star Gunnar Groves-Raines, son of Nicolas Groves-Raines, the architect behind Killiehuntly) left the stone exter...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Wood, Vacation Rentals, Stone House, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Wood Paneling, Hotels & Restaurants, Martin Kauffman, Rental Houses, Killiehuntly, Glenfeshie Estate, Glenfeshie Estate Edinburgh, Gunnar Groves Raines, Nicolas Groves Raines


10 Design Ideas to Steal from Verjus in San Francisco

Traveling through Europe in recent years, designer Lindsay Tusk and chef Michael Tusk noticed “different variations on the same theme” of an informal and energetic style of dining in Paris, Venice, and San Sebastian Gambero. So the Tusks, known in San Francisco for their restaurants Quince and Cotogna, came up with the idea for Verjus, a bar à vin and cave à manger (eat-in cellar) with a “high-fidelity atmosphere full of gusto, spontaneity, and excitement,” says Lindsay Tusk. An all-day menu wit...
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Milan, California, France, Restaurants, US, San Francisco, Paris, Venice, Parma, Tusk, Benjamin Moore, San Francisco Bay Area, Tiles


Color Down Under: Pastels Meet Plywood at The Calile Hotel in Brisbane

Recently on our radar for its candy-colored interiors and inventive mix of plywood, caning, cork, and sheer linen curtains: The Calile Hotel in Australia. Designed by architecture firm Richards & Spence, it’s more Mexico City than Brisbane. Take a look: Above: Though it’s situated in the center of Brisbane, the firm took cues from Mexico City and Miami to create a colorful urban retreat. Case in point: an architectural roof deck, painted a Luis Barragán-esque salmon pink. Above: The hot...
Tags: Books, Australia, Color, Materials, Washington Dc, House, Mexico City, Brisbane, Miami, Pink, Luis Barragan, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Hotels & Restaurants, Calile Hotel, Richards Spence


Steal This Look: Pastel Bright Guest Room in Paris

A while back we featured the Hotel Henriette, a 30-year-old hotel renovated by Vanessa Scoffier of Les Nouveaux Décorateurs. Each guest room has a different pastel palette, featuring paints mixed by Scoffier herself and outfitted with personal finds from Les Puces du Design and more. Here’s a look at one of our favorite rooms, plus a few sources for getting the look at home. Above: Photograph courtesy of Hotel Henriette. Paints Above: Benjamin Moore’s Candle White paint is a muted sa...
Tags: Books, France, Paris, Ikea, Benjamin Moore, Modern, Beds, Christien Meindertsma, Bedrooms, Lowes, VALSPAR, Overstock, ACORN, Dirac, Henriette, Pastels


The Windrose: 9 Ideas to Steal from a Bright Apartment Hotel in Savannah

Some might call it a rough start: When Kate and Ben Towill, the married design duo behind Basic Projects, bought the 1800s four-story building in Savannah’s historic market district three years ago, it smelled of stale beer from its days as a tired restaurant and nightclub. But Kate and Ben saw potential. “It was pretty rough looking,” says Kate. “But I remember how large it felt inside, with very tall ceilings and exposed brick walls.” Kate and Ben set forth transforming the historic space into...
Tags: Books, Etsy, La, Color, Kate, Anthropologie, South, Charleston, Savannah, Ben, West Elm, SCAD, Hotels & Lodging, Noguchi, Design Travel, Serena Lily


Coming to a City Near You: 9 Boutique Hotel Upstarts for the Design-Minded Traveler

There are certainly perks to staying at a luxury chain like the Four Seasons or the Ritz-Carlton, but on the whole, we prefer boutique hotels that are more unique, local-centric, and intimate. Here, eight upstarts in the hospitality industry that prioritize style over size and well-being over high-living. And good news: These hotel groups are expanding (each has either just launched a new location or is opening one or more later this year). The Line Hotels Above: The Line Hotel in D.C. is h...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Books, California, Oregon, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Atlantic, Chelsea, Portland, Marriott, New Orleans, Philadelphia


Coming to a City Near You: 8 Boutique Hotel Upstarts for the Design-Minded Traveler

There are certainly perks to staying at a luxury chain like the Four Seasons or the Ritz-Carlton, but on the whole, we prefer boutique hotels that are more unique, local-centric, and intimate. Here, eight upstarts in the hospitality industry that prioritize style over size and well-being over high-living. And good news: These hotel groups are expanding (each has either just launched a new location or is opening one or more later this year). The Line Hotels Above: The Line Hotel in D.C. is h...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Books, California, Washington, Oregon, New York City, Chicago, Austin, Atlantic, Chelsea, Portland, Marriott, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Airbnb


A Designer and an Antiquary’s Remodeled Guesthouses in Reims (Soon Available to Rent)

I have never been to Reims, the city in the Champagne region of France where all of the French kings were once crowned. But, through the magic of Instagram, I’ve spent the last few weeks poring over one of the most classically, quietly lovely projects I’ve seen: a pair of guesthouses and the accompanying family house of the family renovating them, steps from the city’s famous cathedral. It was Instagram that first led me to discover Les Penates Reims: While researching Nomibis—a flea market base...
Tags: Books, Instagram, France, Vacation Rentals, Reims, House Tour, Rose, Jean, Brun, Architecture & Interiors, Antiques & Vintage, Brice, Design Travel, Berard, French Style, Salome


French Lessons: A Designer and an Antiquary’s Remodeled Guesthouses in Reims (Soon Available to Rent)

I have never been to Reims, the city in the Champagne region of France where all of the French kings were once crowned. But, through the magic of Instagram, I’ve spent the last few weeks poring over one of the most classically, quietly lovely projects I’ve seen: a pair of guesthouses and the accompanying family house of the family renovating them, steps from the city’s famous cathedral. It was Instagram that first led me to discover Les Penates Reims: While researching Nomibis—a flea market base...
Tags: Books, Instagram, France, Vacation Rentals, Reims, House Tour, Rose, Jean, Brun, Architecture & Interiors, Antiques & Vintage, Brice, Design Travel, Berard, French Style, Salome


Minimalism on the Mayan Coast: The Hacienda-Style Casa Pueblo in Tulum

Consider this our good deed for February. If you haven’t yet planned a spring getaway to replenish your vitamin D stores, you may want to check out Casa Pueblo, a design-focused, hacienda-style hotel that opened last January in Tulum. In addition to it Instagram-worthy architecture, appealing minimalist interiors, and intimate size, the hotel boasts affordable rates; when we checked April dates recently, a room with a king bed was $180 per night, and with a queen bed, $150. Let’s take a tour. Ph...
Tags: Books, Mexico, Mexico City, Tulum, Klein, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Hotels & Restaurants, Coqui Coqui, Derek Klein, Casa Pueblo, Casa de los Santos, Casa Pueblo Above, Mike Moser, Justin James Above, Izamal Mexico Hotel San Cristóbal


Japonesque by Way of France: B-Raku Ceramics in Brittany

Not long ago we posted on Otonali, a Breton-style creperie in Brittany, designed by Guillaume Terver of Paris-based studio Le LAD. Today we’re taking a look at the adjoining B-Raku ceramics studio. The Japanese term raku describes a technique for the production of ceramic objects at low temperature, from 800 to 950° C. Each piece is baked a first time, then is coated with a second coat of enamel before being subjected to a second baking. During the second firing, the applied coating melts to cre...
Tags: Books, Japan, France, Paris, New Zealand, Japanese, Ceramics, Malibu, Brittany, Ceramic, Shopper's Diary, Design Travel, Rikyu, Nobu Ryokan Guesthouse, Guillaume Terver, Philippe Josse


Editors’ Picks: Our 10 Favorite Wheeled Carry-On Luggage Picks

This week’s Jetsetter issue has us all packing our bags for a trip to the sun. Here are our favorite carry-on pieces of luggage for speedy, check-in-free travel. Above: Both Christine and Francesca are Rimowa devotees: “An architect friend introduced me to the line (very expensive but worth the investment,” Francesca says. “We were traveling in Italy and all was fine until we got to Venice; there I was, lugging my duffle bag as she glided along with her Rimowa. I’ve been a convert ever since....
Tags: Amazon, Books, Sweden, Bali, Navy, US, Italy, Venice, Annie, Meredith, Sarah, Alexa, Eagle Creek, Christine, Kristina, Filson


The Insta-Famous Airbnb: Villa Arunja in Bali

The allure of a vacation rental over a hotel? The sense that you can try on a new life: for a few days, you can be someone who lives in a tiny walkup in New York, or a rambling Italian villa. Book a stay at Villa Arunja in Bali and you can try on the life of an Instagram-famous couple in one of the country’s trendiest villages. Designer Lena Catterick, who has gained a cult following for Yoli & Otis, her line of plant-dyed baby carriers; her partner Carlo Letica, and their two small children spl...
Tags: Books, New York, Instagram, Bali, Australia, Airbnb, Vacation Rentals, Conde Nast Traveler, Byron Bay, Catterick, Architecture & Interiors, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Beach Houses, Canggu, Geoffrey Bawa


Moth: A Trove of Japanese and Scandinavian Design, in Chicago

A recent delivery to our inbox: Moth, a small shop in Chicago that carries simple, well-made essentials from emerging Scandinavian and Japanese artisans (and, occasionally, a French or Irish artisan), all curated by owner Catherine Becker. Becker stocks some all-time Remodelista favorites (think Kinto glassware, Iris Hantverk brushes, and the Sori Yanagi kettle), but many of the wares, she says, are not carried elsewhere in the U.S. Take a look. Above: The Aviron Kitchen Towel by Japanese com...
Tags: Books, Japan, Sweden, Chicago, Denmark, Japanese, Nara, Moth, Lina, Scandinavian, Lino, Shopper's Diary, Design Travel, Scandi, Sori Yanagi, Iris Hantverk


A Famous Filming Location, Available for Let: Glenfeshie Estate and Cottages in Scotland

If the Glenfeshie Estate looks familiar, that’s probably because, realize it or not, you’ve seen it before. Over the past few years, it’s played the part of Balmoral Castle in Netflix’s The Crown, and served as backdrop for the iconic scene in The Queen where a bereaved Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren), alone in the Scottish Highlands, spots a stag. Owned by Wildland—the same conservationist owners behind Killiehuntly Estate, another of our favorites, and several others throughout the Scottish cou...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Netflix, Switzerland, Victoria, Ralph Lauren, Highlands, Kitchens, Ruth Kramer, Balmoral Castle, Antiques & Vintage, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Hotels & Restaurants, Edwin Landseer, Netflix Star


A Victorian Hunting Lodge Receives a Refined Upgrade—Belgian Style

Queen Victoria made the pilgrimage to Gairnshiel Lodge in the Scottish Highlands. So did King George V, King George VI, the Duke of York, and the future Queen Mother. They came to hunt for grouse, take in the extraordinary hills and dales, and castle hop (Balmoral is just 10 minutes away). These days the attractions remain much the same—but an equal draw is the lodge itself. In 2015, a very private Belgian family of four, who prefer to be known just by their first names—Eric and Hilde, and their...
Tags: Books, UK, Australia, Scotland, Wes Anderson, Victoria, Ballater, Phoenix, Balmoral, Duke Of York, Antwerp, Hilde, Eric, Dee, Maarten, Cairngorms National Park


Shopper’s Diary: Anta in Edinburgh

On a 48-hour side trip to Edinburgh, Francesca discovered Anta, a purveyor of fabrics by the yard, pillows, rugs, throws, and pottery. Founded in the 1980s by designer Annie Lachlan and architect Stewart Lachlan, Anta brings a refreshingly modern approach to Scottish design. The couple now has three shops in Edinburgh and an outlet shop at Fearn, near Ballone Castle, which they bought in 1990 and restored from a ruin. Additionally, they offer Stewart Lachlan–designed furniture pieces and archite...
Tags: Books, New York, London, Scotland, Furniture, Edinburgh, Inverness, Sloane Square, Herron, Fearn, Anta, Shopper's Diary, Design Travel, Blankets & Throws, Isobel Anderson, Edinburgh Francesca


Lodgings Fit for the Royals: A Historic Hunting Lodge in Scotland, Revamped by Hauser & Wirth

The most regal place to stay in Scotland? That would be Fife Arms, a newly opened hotel with 46 guest rooms in the town of Braemar, Aberdeenshire, in the famous Highlands, an area first made popular when Queen Victoria visited the area and purchased Balmoral Castle. The hotel is housed in a former hunting lodge, originally remodeled by architect Alexander Marshall Mackenzie (who also designed the Waldorf Astoria in London), now owned by renowned art dealers Hauser & Wirth. Together with Moxon Ar...
Tags: Elsa, Books, London, Scotland, Prince Charles, Victoria, Chelsea Flower Show, Highlands, Victorian, Waldorf Astoria, Hauser, Wirth, Antiques & Vintage, Hotels & Lodging, Hauser Wirth, Design Travel


Guardswell Farm: Rustic Cottages for Let in the Scottish Countryside

Situated on 150 acres of grassland “between Abernyte and Kinnaird, Perthshire” is Guardswell Farm, a series of rustic and charming cottages run by two families and available for stays. “We feel a bit mean keeping it all to ourselves,” the proprietors say; so, they’ve opened lodgings for the traveler “who fancies themselves running a micro-farm, switching off from their digital dependence, and taking a deep breath of Perthshire air.” The cottages are outfitted with all of the trappings for a stay...
Tags: Books, Winter, Scotland, Dundee, Wood, Perthshire, Rustic, Tay, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Hotels & Restaurants, Cottages & Cabins, Gowrie, Sheepskins & Hides, Carse, Wood-Burning Stoves


Nomibis: A Vintage Shop in Reims, France, Shoppable on Instagram

A flea market in France you can shop on Instagram? Julie recently spotted Nomibis, run by Fabienne Nominé and companion Pascal Bisson, who first opened a shop in the city of Reims, France (once the site of the coronations of the French kings), but ten years later discovered that they could sell things more artfully and more quickly on Instagram. Now they use their own Reims home to style their found “antiques and eccentricities,” then post them on their Instagram feed (@nomibis) and on their web...
Tags: Books, Instagram, France, Maine, French, Bay Area, Julie, Antiques & Vintage, Shopper's Diary, Design Travel, Reims France, French Style, Marston House, Elsie Green, Vinalhaven, Nomibis


Maison de la Luz: A Luxe New Guesthouse in New Orleans, by Atelier Ace

Now accepting reservations: Maison de la Luz, a soon-to-open guest house in New Orleans by Atelier Ace, the team behind Ace Hotels. It’s the team’s second opening without an Ace name tag (the other is Sister City, soon to open on New York’s Lower East Side). For old-world New Orleans feel (and a quieter, more private stay than trendy, hipster-friendly Ace hotels—no pool, no bar, no DJs), Atelier Ace enlisted a Remodelista favorite, LA-based Studio Shamshiri, to design the interiors. Take a sneak...
Tags: Books, Paris, New Orleans, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel, Shamshiri, Hotels & Restaurants, Sister City, Ace Hotel New Orleans, Maison de la Luz, New York 's Lower East Side For, Studio Shamshiri, Quixotic Projects of Le Mary Celeste


Jolene in London: 7 Simple, Budget Ideas to Steal from the Year’s Most Beautiful Bakery

The oldest surviving terraced houses in England were built in 1658, and they stand at 52-55 Newington Green, in a neighborhood that borders Hackney and Islington. Across the historic green, at number 22, is Jolene, a bakery, restaurant, and wine bar opened in September by David Gingell and Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim—the pair behind two of north London’s favorite neighborhood restaurants, Primeur and Westerns Laundry. Both of the previous sites are in unexpected locations: Primeur is in a convert...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, New York, London, Ebay, Restaurants, David, Dolly Parton, Tokyo, Hackney, Islington, Gascony, Jolene, Design Travel, Restaurant Visit


Shopper’s Diary: Kitchen Staples, A Design-Forward Zero-Waste Store in Vancouver

Attention, entrepreneurs: The new big thing to hit the retail market are zero-waste stores equipped with refill stations to minimize single-use plastic containers. We’ve already written about Lauren Singer’s Package Free Shop in Brooklyn. And now we have another great buy-in-bulk store to add to our growing list: The Soap Dispensary, the first of its kind in Vancouver, Canada. Husband and wife Linh Truoung and Stewart Lampe opened the Soap Dispensary in 2011, stocking eco-friendly products like ...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, Vancouver, Quebec, Sustainable Design, Douglas, Linh, Scott, David Scott, Shopper's Diary, Design Travel, Domestic Science, Scott Scott Architects, Fahim Kassam, Scott Scott Architects Above, Easy Eco Swaps


Hotel Peter & Paul: A Former New Orleans Catholic School, Wholly Transformed

Amongst New Orleans’ many design destinations with storied histories (a restaurant in a 186-year-old Creole cottage, a hotel in the former headquarters of a Scandinavian furniture importer), one distinctive newcomer may have the most interesting former life. Hotel Peter & Paul, on an unassuming residential block in the Marigny neighborhood, is housed in four late 19th-century buildings that were once Saints Peter and Paul Catholic church and school. The school closed down in 1992, the church in ...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, India, Middle East, New Orleans, Ash, Historic, Peter, PAUL, Nathalie, Peter Paul, Kraemer, Morocco India, DIY & Remodeling, Remodel & Renovation


The New Southwest: A California Creative Couple’s Desert-Modern Hotel in Santa Fe

New on our radar: a design-forward place to stay in Santa Fe (the first we’ve covered). El Rey Court is located in a circa-1936 adobe motor lodge, formerly the El Rey Inn, situated on five acres of land, where the old Route 66 once passed through. The rehabbed and reopened lodgings are the vision of a husband and wife creative team based in Joshua Tree: man of many hats Jay Carroll (creative director, branding specialist, and artist; you may recognize him from the Tokyo guide he put together for...
Tags: Books, California, Color, Tokyo, New Mexico, Santa Fe, Jay, Alison, Modern, Southwest, Saratoga Springs, Joshua Tree, Modernist, Wonder Valley, Hotels & Lodging, Design Travel



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