It’s Monday morning, and what am I doing? Drinking coffee in the luxury of my hotel suite at the Omni Shoreham, the room that one of The Beatles (or more) also reportedly slept in. The site of a British Invasion, at least one of the more popular ones. So was it Paul, Ringo, John or George that slept here? I pick Paul. As a former resident of DC, it’s slightly surreal to be back as a tourist, and in the years since I left so much has changed. It’s less a trip down memory lane and more of a journey into the unknown because frankly I didn’t do any sight-seeing when I lived here. When you live in a big city, it’s the tourist’s attractions that you avoid, so much of what we are doing seems like a brand new experience. An unexpected treat of this visit is that we are here in the middle of cherry blossom season, so everything has pink overtones to the delight of the Fashionista, who is enamored with all things pink. An unfortunate side-effect of this trip was only colour souvenirs that the street vendors seemed to be hawking were pink.
So I am sitting at my hotel desk, overlooking Rock Creek Park and sketching ideas for a built-in nightstand. Why? Because I am re-doing the guest bedroom that is in dire need of a magic wand or at the very least a substantial makeover. It started with an inquiry by a company who asked if I would like to try out their wallpaper. Which then snowballed into an offer of lighting by another brand, and of course I’ll be talking about the bedding at a later date. So what’s a design aficionado to do? It was a clear sign from the design gods to get out my dusty drafting pencil and start devising a design concept complete with custom nightstands of my very own design. It will a gutsy move to semi-permanently affix them to the wall if we move (or do we rip them out and take them with us?). We always have one eye open to the idea of migrating back into the big city and I think having my design vision come true for a year will be well worth it.
So I wanted to share some inspiration that has me dreaming of floating nightstands the design masters of levitation.