Tuesday, August 23, 2011

One to remember

Montage.  Need I say more?  If you have stayed there, then no.  If not, then I beg of you to go before you head up to the pearly gates.  From a personal standpoint, it was one of the most relaxing vacations that I have ever had (but then again, that could have been because none of my gremlins were tagging along for the weekend).  From a designer's perspective, it was one for the record books, especially mine and my ongoing concept of cohesive design.

Montage is yet another example of intentional simplicity and understated elegance; the type of place that makes you feel like you are at home just by the lightness of their duvet.  The architecture of the hotel isn't that unlike that of Chatham Bars Inn on the cape.  It's a shingle-style structure, and in the most respectful way, follows the line and color of the coastline that it graciously stands upon.  The rooms are cottage-sophisticated with custom millwork, plaid patterns, and pops of yellow; just enough to cheer you out from under that weightless duvet (but not enough to take you away from the breathtaking view off the balcony).  And once you emerge, the colors of the lobby engage the outside space and invite you to continue on to admire the property and that incredibly blue Pacific Ocean.

This one will definitely go into my catalog of inspiration.  What I like most about it is that it's not necessarily a beach house that it will translate into, but rather a feeling of tranquility.  Even over a packed restaurant and a wedding on the lawn, the space seemed calm.  Restful.  The design as a whole and the appreciation of its elements kept the little bits of frenzy from feeling too big.  The blues of the water, the khakis from the sand, the greens from the succulents, and yellow from the sun - wouldn't that be a nice place to find yourself in the dead of winter in New England?  Or, even just a little escape from the playroom...


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