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Hôtel Americano- a New York hotel for design lovers



The title of this blog post subtly (or unsubtly) reveals what has been on my mind lately: New York! The Decorex Loves Bloggers contest is in full swing, and only a few days until the announcement who will be going to New York next year. With such great competition the chances are slim, but a girl may dream right?

One hotel that I would certainly like to visit one day, is Hôtel Americano. This hotel has just recently opened (in fact, reservations are accepted as of this week), and belongs to Mexican hotel chain Grupo Habita. Mexico-City based architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos and Paris-based interior designer Arnaud Montigny of MCH created a hotel that is a combination of industrial Manhattan and Latino warmth.

The hotel has 56 rooms and suites and features an outdoor rooftop pool (which becomes a thermal bath in winter), two restaurants and three bars. The hotel is located in Chelsea, a neighbourhood in Manhattan, which is known for its art galleries and its rehabilitated warehouses. It’s not a very touristic area, so staying in this hotel will let you experience life as a real New Yorker. Read The Rest

Decorex Loves Bloggers Final

As you may have noticed (in fact, it was probably difficult not to..) I’m participating in the Decorex Loves Bloggers competition. The winner of this competition will become this year’s official blogger for Decorex and report live from the event taking place from 25-28 September. In addition, the winner will be invited to go to New York in March 2012 to report from The Architectural Digest Home Design Show (another prestigious interior design event) as part of BlogTour 2012.

And here is the good news: I am still in the running to becoming Decorex next top blogger! I never thought I would get such positive response as a result of participating, let alone even make it to the final. I am absolutely delighted to have already come so far and am thrilled with excitement to know I have a chance to win. The final task for the finalists was to write a preview post for the show, you can find my submission here (‘Love Design- Love Decorex’). To decide on who wins, there will be a vote from the public and votes from a panel of judges, including the famous Pippa Jameson, Ellie Tennant and Holly Becker. Not the smallest names in the world of interior design! You can not imagine how honoured I am they are even looking at my blog. Read The Rest

Love Design- Love Decorex

28.. 27.. 26 days to go until Chelsea’s Royal Hospital grounds will transform into what is considered to be the event in the interior design industry: Decorex. It almost feels a bit like the time towards Christmas, where the excitement grows and everyone seems to be talking about only one thing.

With nearly 300 exhibitors, exciting features created exclusively for the show around this year’s theme ‘Cherished Places’, and a name for being trendsetting and innovative, I believe my excitement is justified.

Diana Yakeley, President of the British Institute of Interior Design, explains why she believes Decorex is an event not to be missed: “Free from the large corporate suppliers of office furniture or carpet tiles, designers have a chance to see the more desirable and unusual suppliers on well designed stands – it should be on everyone’s agenda for late September.”

Your Decorex journey will start as soon as you arrive at the lobby, which designers Nicky Haslam and Colette van den Thillart turned into a surreal, theatrical space with (to speak in interior design terms) a good portion of drama added.

As you explore further, you will discover exquisite trend setting products, come across new materials, find beautiful craftsmanship and (for the savvy minded) see the latest innovations in home technology. You will (re-) discover established names of the industry and meet the emerging designers of the future.

There will be new product introductions too. Such as the ‘Charleston Collection’ of beds and furniture designed by Nina Campbell for ‘And So To Bed’, which will be launched at Decorex, to name just one.

Adrenaline may just be enough to keep you going, but why not recharge at the enchanting riverside Café and Ranelagh Restaurant, designed by Broosk Saib, or drop by the exclusive Champagne Bar, designed by Martin Hulbert. What’s nicer than a combination of bubbles and design and indulge in true style?

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the show, find sanctuary at ‘And So To The Beach’, the ultimate coastal retreat, created by ‘And So To Bed’. This stand promises to be utterly tranquil with a soundscape of waves and gulls, and the perfect place to relax and find inspiration. Read The Rest