Hello again! It’s Tina from Life in Sketch back with this month’s mini-vacation for you. This month I truly feel that I need a vacation too. Are you with me? I have an ongoing list that I add too almost daily, of where I’d like my next vacation to be. Right now I’m thinking…Paris! I have been to Paris once before but it was just for a few days, years ago while I was with my parents. That doesn’t count, right?
Maybe I’ve watched Midnight in Paris too many times but I can picture myself walking through the dark, winding streets late at night finding one adventure after the next. Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world and for an interior designer it’s heaven! Interiors are going through a “vintage inspired” trend right now which, I think, was inspired by Paris. Don’t you think?
Right now most pieces are aged, leather is distressed, paint is peeling (in a good way!) and on many blogs we see white window frames and a beautiful blurry view below. I think of France when I see this. Ok so maybe I’ve concocted my own reason to visit Paris but now that I’ve decided to go, where do we stay?
While planning my fantasy mini-break I found Pershing Hall and knew it was the Design Hotel I had to share with you. As soon as you enter the website you notice the great job they’ve done on branding (text and arrangement of boxes on the upper left side) and the beautifully lit space that’s displayed on the front page. The hotel is centrally located, close to Lido, Arc de Triomphe, and Grand Palais. Let’s take a look inside.
The hotel was originally a 18th century townhouse which was built by the Count of Paris. In 1917 General John Pershing lived in the townhouse when the Americans were stationed in Paris. Interior designer Andrée Putman has converted the townhouse to the hotel we see today.
The hotel now holds a courtyard with flowing staircase, 26 guest rooms, restaurant, lounge with mezzanine and spa. The guest rooms are decorated in white and warm woods with bright lights and large mirrors. They appear to be very serene and relaxing, just want you want your hotel room to be.
In contrast, the public areas are fiercely decorated, no corner is left blank. Putnman enlisted the help of botanist Patrick Blanc when designing the courtyard’s vertical garden. The 30 meter high wall is planted with 300 species of plants, trees and grass, creating a gorgeous focus wall as you enter the restaurant. The vertical garden as well as the rest of the public spaces are lit by color changing fiber optics.
Are you itching to go to Paris yet? I know I am. Hope you enjoyed your mini-break this month. See you next month with another Design Hotel!