19.995 Million Dollars is how much you will need to hand over in order to move into Grey Gardens, which is now on the market again. Not my exact flavor but I can appreciate the Sister Parish influences throughout and of course, the location is not bad either.
Feeling the need to post a little blurb on this dusty old blog today and start a little conversation with no one about nothing...
We've been busy moving from one of the best cities in the country to one of the not best cities in the country. Now, I'm not saying there aren't a lot of opportunities here in Tampa, and I'm not saying that I won't eventually be happy here, but I find myself in a phase of my life where I feel like a fish out of water. I vaguely remember bemoaning about our move to Seattle when we left San Francisco, which is laughable at this point.
So what does a girl do when she moves to the wild, wild west? She works. She spends time with her family and spends way too much time with her husband in an effort to figure out what the next piece of this puzzle will be. If you're visiting this blog for the first time, my husband and I are starting our own hospitality business where we have family to help out with the kids. So far, we have been lucky enough to make some connections with some people here in Tampa that have the same vision we have for this city but I would have liked to already found our first hotel project, like yesterday. Starting from obscurity is hard.
The struggle is real. Let's look at pretty things.
Brain unloaded. I'm out.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE an all white kitchen and I am excited to finally reveal the before and after of the Wedgwood Kitchen Project I finished a (long) while back. The homeonwners wanted to update the kitchen and create a timeless space that was bright and airy. I think we achieved that and more! The footprint stayed the same but we replaced the countertops, painted the existing cabinets white and added new hardware. The big splurges were the of course, the Carrara marble countertops, that beautiful apron front sink and single hole faucet. We added new hardwoods throughout the whole first floor (there was carpeting in the living an dining area) and added statement lighting in the entryway, dining (not photographed) and above the counter stools. Without further adieu...
+THE BEFORE +
+ THE AFTER +
There is a lot of talk about hotels and hospitality in general in our family. What we like, who's doing something new, what big brands are buying out other big brands and also what we want to do one day when we stop working for the man and start working on our passion project; our own hotel.
Not sure exactly what is in the cards for the future but it doesn't hurt to look at who's doing things right. Sure, the big corporate hotels are good as far as knowing what you are going to get. I mean some places infuse the same scent in their hotels so whether you are on the East Coast or the West, overseas or in Idaho; it smells the SAME. I find it weird but some find if comforting.
Hotel Covell: I pretty much love everything about this place. Intimate, thoughtfully designed, a spot on twist on what we think of when we imagine a B&B. Check out the green panel tufted banquet (not shown here). It's everything.
The Jennings Hotel: is the first kickstarter created hotel and is also an artist residency. When you go to book a room it takes you to the airbnb website which I find interesting. I feel like hotels are adverse to using a site like that but I think hotels will begin to accept it as an opportunity eventually.
Ace Hotel Los Angelos: I have long been a fan of Ace Hotels as I feel like they helped pioneer the affordable, non traditional but extremely well designed hotel concept. I think they have helped encourage consumers and owners to think more creatively when it comes to the overnight stay.
Hotel G San Francisco: I stayed here a year ago and I loved everything about this hotel. With a nod to mid century design, a great location and attention to detail, they are #winning. I know that this particular property struggled to find it's voice in the past and wrestled so much with union litigation that they literally shut the building down for a few years to remedy the problem, if you will. It seems like the new ownership finally got things right. There is nothing they did not think of when designing this spot, it's really a tucked away gem.
The Palladium: is a newer hotel in Seattle, owned by Kimpton and already making a name for itself here in the Emerald City.
Let me put it out there that although I am quite capable of telling people what I think they should do to a room, decisions are much more difficult on the homefront. We did a renovation to our little home last year and have been S L O W L Y editing and adding things to make it more cozy. I can confidently say that the living room is almost "done" and want to start working on the bedrooms. Both our bedroom and the kids room is sort of a disaster. And I am being kind.
But this bedroom...it's the stuff dreams are made off. Seriously yes please.