Hotel Bel Air

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 15, 2012 | 13 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces, Designers

The Hotel Bel Air (located here in Los Angeles) recently reopened after undergoing an extensive two year renovation. Interior Designer Alexandra Champalimaud was hired to recreate  a new reception and boutique, new lobby lounge, all the guestrooms, suites, & twelve hillside villas along with the spa and guest lofts. Rockwell Group was commissioned to design the dining venues, for which chef Wolfgang Puck oversees all the food and beverage operations for the hotel.  Throughout the process, insightful feedback from past guests was taken into consideration when implementing many of the hotel’s design changes. It was important to bring the hotel up to date, while retaining much of the character of the original hotel and the glamour of the 30′s, 40′s, and 50′s.

The exterior facade and signage, which retains the hotel’s original buildings.

The famous round pool of the legendary Hotel Bel Air.

Outdoor dining at the newly designed Hotel Bel Air restaurant.

A hotel room suite living room (Bel-Air Suite Living Room).

A hotel room suite bedroom (Bel-Air Suite Bedroom).

A deluxe room with private patio.

For more info, visit Hotel Bel Air.





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Palihouse in West Hollywood

Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 26, 2011 | 5 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces

Last week I finally had the pleasure of checking out Palihouse, a boutique hotel in the heart of West Hollywood. The thing that sets Palihouse apart from many of the neighboring hotels is that it is known more as an “urban lodge” and offers a “residential-style” stay.  The hotel has furnished pied-a-terres that can be rented for up to six-twelve month stays, along with one bedroom and loft residences, and if looking to stay just for a night or few days, the traditional guest suite. The hotel also has a courtyard brasserie for dining, an espresso bar, a lobby lounge, and a rooftop deck for special events. So last Thursday after the Restoration Hardware store opening, my friends and I headed over to Palihouse to meet up with Raymond, the Public Relations Manager for Palihouse and his friend Kristen for a drink…and to take a look at the hotel!

Walking into the lobby off the busy West Hollywood streets, I felt like I’d been transported into an old world Parisian style space, with an industrial Bohemian vibe all mixed into one. The lobby is filled with vintage art and furnishings, chairs upholstered in distressed leather, dark walnut finishes, and a Morooccan tiled floor.

The cozy lobby lounge where we hung out and had drinks last week.

Another view of the lobby lounge, hanging out here feels like you’re in your own living room.  If you are looking for a more intimate spot to have a drink, this would be it!

The interior courtyard restaurant, “Courtyard Brasserie” serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Pretty spot for brunch or lunch too!

View from interior looking out to the courtyard.

There is also private dining inside.

The interiors of a guest room suite.

A fully equipped kitchen in one of the residences.

A loft residence.

Palihouse is located at 8465 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069

323-656-4100  info@palihouse.com





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This past week, my friend Brooke invited me to dinner for my birthday at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA. Terranea is a destination that sits right on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort evokes the feeling of being somewhere else (such as Hawaii) and not just twenty minutes from the bustling LA streets.  As a native South Bay/Palos Verdes resident, Brooke has been frequenting the resort for dinners and drinks and kept telling me I had to check it out. As it turned out, it worked perfectly for last week and I think now it’s going to be on my frequent destination list!

The entrance to Terranea: as you walk in you feel as if you’ve been transplanted to Hawaii, yet this is a local Southern California resort.

The main lobby has a tropical, beachy vibe.

Straight through the main lobby are doors that lead to a terrace with a dramatic back drop of the Pacific Ocean (and in the distance, Catalina Island). Unfortunately, we have been experiencing a bit of our typical “June Gloom” weather but even so, the views were amazing and I am looking forward to returning on a warm summer evening.

The outdoor terrace (which overlooks the view above) and it’s outdoor fireplace, Spanish tile floors, and oversize potted plants.

We had dinner at Catalina Kitchen (it was SO good!) AND if you go on your birthday, they offer a complimentary surf & turf dinner (can’t pass that up!).

The interior side of the restaurant at Catalina Kitchen.

We dined outside under the outdoor heaters, with this view from our table.

This picture is a little blurry but I loved these hanging lanterns, a blended mix of colors which looked so pretty as they glowed when it got dark.

View of the cliffside resort with the lower pool and pool bar overlooking the beach (above photo by Brooke).

And if you come and stay for a weekend – there are more than a few pools to lounge by!

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design except the top & bottom three.}




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Hope everyone had a good holiday!

On Christmas Day I went for brunch at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, CA. I hadn’t been in years! I think the last time I was there was in the mid-80′s for a Bar Mitzvah. It sure has changed! Most recently renovated in 2003.  Now, it looks like a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton resort, complete with all the amenities of a five star hotel.  The resort includes (for members and non-members alike): guest suites & rooms, a spa and a salon, meeting rooms, two restaurants and a bar, a marina that accommodates up to 144 boat slips, and more. After brunch, I took a few quick pictures that I thought would share – a mini tour of the club which is currently festively decorated for the holidays.

The entrance to the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.

The decorated fountain.

The corridor leading to The First Cabin restaurant.

Entrance to the restaurant, where we dined.

Interior of The First Cabin restaurant.

The Balboa Bay Club sits right on Newport Harbor, with it’s own marina and boat slips.


The outside patio area with harbor views.

The living/sitting areas – which greatly remind me of a five star hotel.

The fireplace of the sitting room, very cozy and decorated for the holidays.

Palm tree upholstered chairs fill the corridor along side holiday decorations.

A cute gingerbread house.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design.





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…the one I want to see most is right in my own city!

The recently opened W Hotel & Residences in Hollywood  are right in my own city and I’ve yet to check them out.  I was right across the street the other day meeting with a client at 1600 Vine which is part of the joint development with the W Residences.  It’s amazing to see how much this area has changed with all the new development and refurbishing of what had once become a seedy Hollywood.  Now there are so many new apartments, lofts, mixed use developments, retail stores, and restaurants.

Lobby of the W Hotel

The hotel complex features 143 residences, including the WOW! Collection which officially opened on March 31st.  The WOW! Modern collection showcases seven unique residences designed by seven interior designers interpreting how they each define “Hollywood urban.”

Here’s a peek of some of the rooms from the residences designed for the WOW! Collection at the W Residences:

Dining Room by Cantoni

Living Room by Interior Illusions


Bedroom by Mark Cutler

Living Room by Mark Cutler

Bedroom by Poliform

Living Room by Poliform

Kitchen/Dining by Barclay Butera

Bedroom by Barclay Butera

W Hollywood Residences | 6282 Hollywood Blvd | wresidences.com





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Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 08, 2010 | 9 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces

If you haven’t already heard of Villa Blanca Restaurant, you may soon start hearing a lot more about this restaurant located in Beverly Hills.

The owners are Lisa Vanderpump Todd and her husband, Ken Todd.  Lisa happens to be one of the real housewives slated for the upcoming Bravo TV show, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Not only is she a former actress and restaurateur, but she also designed the interiors of Villa Blanca.

Lisa says she wanted the decor to be “sexy, white, clean, comfortable and inspired…gorgeous art, stylish furnishings and creative music selections will bring life and style to the space. The ambiance will be extremely important to the experience of eating at Villa Blanca—flowers, lighting, chairs, staff—every aspect will look great. If the ambiance isn’t great, you might as well stay home and order take-out.”

Fabulous flower arrangements are in integral part of the decor at Villa Blanca.

Villa Blanca is located at 9601 Brighton Way in Beverly Hills





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Bottega Louie

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 26, 2010 | 10 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces, Designers

I thought I would share a project from a designer that I used to work for.  The wonderful Michael, of View Design Studio, a commercial design firm based in Los Angeles specializing in corporate office design and planning. I have actually known Michael for quite some time and freelanced with him (up until just a few years ago) before going on my own.  He recently completed a restaurant design project in Downtown LA called Bottega Louie.  The project was a collaboration between Michael and his client, who had a lot of ideas in regard to concept and design.  Michael worked with the client to achieve his vision and provided input where needed.  The result? An absolutely amazing and beautifully designed restaurant (which also includes a gourmet market, patisserie, and bar).

{the Dining Room}

{the Bar}

{the Kitchen}

{the corridor leading to the restrooms}

{the Restrooms}

{the Gourmet Market}

Photography Credits: Vam with Y.K. Cheung Photography.  Images courtesy of  View Design Studio.

Interior Design by Michael Rominske of View Design Studio

Bottega Louie





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LA Event

Posted By Jill-LA | Sep 09, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Commercial Spaces, Fabric

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If you are in the Los Angeles area you may wish to attend this opening, sponsored by FORM magazine.  I am looking forward to the event!





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As much as I enjoy residential interior design, I like retail design too. In this day and age, retail design has really taken traditional store design a step beyond.  Commercial interior finishes are truly intriguing and having worked for commercial design firms, I often find myself applying finishes used in commercial projects into my residential projects.  To keep up on the trends of retail design, I follow such sites as DDI and Retail Design Diva.

A recent post on Retail Design Diva featured this wine shop located in Greenwich Village, NYC.  I thought it was so interesting, just had to feature it!  It was designed by the commercial design firm MADLAB LLC based in New Jersey.  The 600 sq ft store just happens to be located right next door to Jonathan Adler’s Greenwich Village boutique.  (Speaking of having a little wine with your design…)

The story behind the project is the typical scenario:  design process underway, custom features & design elements drove the costs way up, and the price tag was beyond what the shop owner had ever imagined.  Instead, MADLAB brought in an artist/design team to work with second hand furniture/thrift store finds  and leave the raw space as is.  The result is a 25-foot long massive assemblage of furniture (all painted in white) in which to display the wines in a clever way.

I guess this story reverses the philosophy of bringing commercial finishes into residential projects, instead second hand furniture turns into retail chic!

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Le Vigne NYC





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Eau A Day at the Spa!

Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 15, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces, Designers

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The Eau Spa located at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida is probably one of the most beautifully designed interiors of a spa that I have seen in quite some time.  It was designed by the great A&D firm, RTKL Associates.

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One of the treatment rooms.

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Treatment room.

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The Wishing Well

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The Self Centered Garden

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The Scrub & Polish Bar

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Lounge

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A chandelier made by John Harrington of 300 champagne & wine glasses.

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Desk & chair detail behind The Wishing Well.

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Chair detail.

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The outdoor patio.

For more info, visit the website: Eau Spa

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