After nearly four years of commuting from Coconut Creek (or what Jody calls Pineapple Peak), I thought, “enough is enough.” Ready to put on my big girl pants and finally make the move to Miami – because Despacito, cafecito, all the citos have a little piece of my heart – I settled into a new apartment (shout out to my roomie, Kari Van Treuren).
Tasked with transforming the bleak, pale yellow walls into a place I could call my sanctuary, I thought about my travels and the resorts that felt like home away from home. After all, a life of jet-setting is one I’ve openly welcomed at Diamond PR, and with all the time spent on the road, it was only fitting that my room draw inspiration from the best hotel designers in the biz.
Hotels that have inspired room décor have captured the attention of nationally acclaimed media outlets, including HGTV and Dr. Oz The Good Life. It made me think that our client roster may have influenced some other DPR rock stars, too. Sure enough, I was right. From nautical to industrial, eclectic to authentic, here is a breakdown of hotel designs that have inspired DPR’s very own.
Michelle – Playa Largo… meet The Perry
Always having been drawn to nautical-inspired designs (stripes, navy, yellow and red, ropes and knots), I instantly fell in love with the whimsical scheme carried out by Playa Largo Resort & Spa. Influenced by Key Largo’s natural beauty, the laid-back resort incorporates natural materials, such as coral rock and capiz shells, and features a soothing palette of tropical blues, driftwood neutrals and glistening iridescent shades to reflect its Florida Bay views.
The seaside resort is the epitome of my design esthetic – beach chic without being cheesy. Those “It’s 5:00 somewhere” signs and canvases adorned with pastel-colored flip-flops have no place in my room. Instead, I opted for pieces that give a nod to the beach without being obvious – crisp lighthouses, long-stemmed beach grass and pieces with varying blue hues.
And while I love the beach, industrial designs are what really get my gears going. The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina is a brand new build with edgy, industrial-inspired pieces – think reclaimed teak wood floors, boat propellers, and a hanging light installation to resemble fishing lines. When I walked through the oversized sliding glass doors of the lobby, I was in awe and wanted to pack up the pieces and carry them home with me to Miami.
To recreate The Perry’s look, I opted for tattered driftwood, exposed piping and strong black accents.
Sydney – W Punta de Mita
Switching gears, Sydney (DPR’s resident surfer chick and dog-lover), recently ventured to Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit to officially welcome W Punta de Mita to the Diamond PR roster. While W brand hotels are known for their unique designs inspired by the surrounding destination – just look at W Fort Lauderdale and W Vieques – this eclectic retreat takes “locally inspired,” one step further. Some of the highlights: a beautiful pathway made of 700,000+ mosaic tiles inspired by indigenous Huichol natives, surfboards as headboards, and local art from nearby Sayulita sprinkled around every turn.
Despite her devastation when it finally came time to leave paradise, Sydney was so inspired and overhauled her SoBe apartment after the trip. Now her room features a Mexican blanket at the foot of her bed, and is teeming with colorful posters. Not to mention she has a gnarly surfboard, compliments of Jody Diamond from Christmas 2016.
Veronica – Casa Palopo
When it comes to Veronica, the quiet but fiercely independent soul, she wanted to create a dark, sophisticated room – almost like a wolf’s cave (read why her spirit animal is a wolf here). She prefers a cozy atmosphere with blackout shades and deep, midnight blue walls that look black at first glance.
A free spirit who loves to travel, Veronica modeled her room after Casa Palopo, the gorgeous, nine-room boutique hotel overlooking Late Atitlan in Guatemala. Every suite at the luxurious property is different, and each is decorated with authentic Guatemalan artifacts. Veronica was so inspired by her past visits that she started collecting relics including the Mayan calendar, coasters filled with worry dolls from Casa Palopo, and a local Guatemalan jewelry holder. To complete the laid-back vibe, Veronica burns incense that make her reminisce of the scents of Guatemala.
We haven’t even scratched the surface, as DPR’s roster includes several other hotels that could inspire your own room makeover. Has your design been inspired by your travels? We’d love for you to sound off in the comments below.