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One thing you can say about me is that I love to be interviewed and in front of a camera…especially when doing it on the fly! I find I am at my best when winging it and just so stiff and miserable when I have practiced a speech or a presentation. That’s just my personality, I suppose.
So, when Gary Buxbaum of Hailey Furniture Group invited me over to do a live stream interview about myself and my business I didn’t give it a second thought. Actually, I didn’t even ask him what he was going to ask me. Truth be told, my head is so full of interiors design stories and details I should really write a book entitled “Interior Design: The Good, The Bad / The Beautiful, The Ugly”!
Okay, only kidding…I think!
Today’s post is that very live stream video that was generated in July. You will have an opportunity to see me in action and learn a lot about my new business at Shields & Company called “The Curated Manse.”
Daniel and I now generate for the Real Estate industry some rather exquisite interior design driven virtual renderings that will blow your sox off. And, we are involved in providing model apartments, sales offices, luxury rentals and high end staging for new development marketing here in NYC as well as for high end real estate brokers selling those kazillion dollars apartments.
Hope you enjoy the opportunity to see me talk the talk of interior design!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!
Every January my husband and I take some time off and spend a few weeks in our favorite ski resort, Sun Valley, Idaho. We always mix a little business with pleasure, so this time around I decided to check out the recently renovated Sun Valley Lodge, a place we had stayed at several times in the past.
Sun Valley was developed by Averell Harriman, chairman of the Board of the Union Pacific Railroad and was America’s first ski resort, opening in 1936. The Sun Valley Lodge has always been connected to movie stars and famous people visiting there, and has several hallways lined with wonderful pictures from way back when.
AND many a to-be-famous ice skater has practiced on it’s outdoor and indoor rinks located behind the hotel. Even we have done a few revolutions around the outdoor rink when the mood strikes us and we are not challenging ourselves on the ski slopes nearby.
The Lodge has always exemplified mountain elegance…traditional leanings with sophisticated rustic pieces made from wood, wrought iron and horns. The colors are warm and dark and the upholstery pieces large and comfy looking.
I had been hearing that Mountain Minimalism…think Mid-Century Modern/ late 20th Century design and contemporary architecture…had finally caught up with the interior design and architecture of Sun Valley. I was curious and wanted to see for myself if this new trend had manage to take over the recent renovation of the hotel, so I convinced my husband to join me for a quick tour.
Well, The Lodge hasn’t quite caught up with true Mountain Minimalism, but it certainly has expanded it’s look and services and gotten rid of a lot of the dowdy/ dreary aspects that had made it look time warped…think elegance gone shabby. The fireplaces are simpler and more monolithic…there is even an ultra-modern gas fireplace in one room. The old photos in the corridors have all been reframed and have been curated down to a group more oriented towards the new generation of guests.
The main lobby has been deposed of Harriman’s portrait, which used to hang over the fireplace…although, I did find it hanging on a corridor wall. I mean, the man is the original juice behind the development of Sun Valley, so we can’t disrespect him completely, right?
The accessories and lighting are more contemporary and a bright new glass walled sitting room area faces the skating rink in the back. There is also a very chic new bar, which has a dark seductive kind of a vibe to it…much sexier than the one my husband and I used to call “the wrinkle room” because the decor and the patrons all seemed so very old!
The big highlight is the new Spa, which has a beautiful store attached to it, replete with very high ceilings and interesting marble wall decorations and lighting. I have to admit that I adore the addition of copper to the front of the building and the entry door to the Spa.
Unfortunately, I did not get to tour any of the rooms, which I have been told have also been renovated and updated to go with the lovely new lobby areas. My memory recall of those rooms when we stayed there was that they were pretty ordinary for such a fancy place. However, you can check them out on line and see what they look like today for yourself (Sun Valley Lodge.) My take is that they pretty much match the feeling of the public areas down stairs…light traditional…but they are all definitely fresh, new and comfortable looking.
My walk away interior design rating was “good job!” The Lodge has managed to maintain its feeling as an institution in the hospitality industry in Sun Valley and add just enough new bells and whistles to make it appealing to the ever younger guests visiting the area. Most importantly, they have kept the sophistication level high and one still senses the history and significance of this wonderful old hotel located in glamorous Sun Valley.
FOR THE FUN OF IT: Here are a few of the photographs of famous people lining the walls of the lobby area…See how many you can recognize:
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!
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