Design Inspo: Notel

Sooo this is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while when it comes to hotels. This is a boutique hotel consisting of 6 vintage airstreams on a rooftop in Melbourne, Australia. notel_060916_02

It’s hard to even call this a hotel because of how unconventional it is. You check-in/out, and have access to your door via an app which I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future and I personally really love. The interior design was influenced by late 70’s science fiction films and the exterior was influenced by Melbourne’s urban-city vibe that it’s so well-known for. Oh, and there’s jacuzzi’s. On my list for when I travel to Melbourne this March!!


Design Inspo: The Ark Shelter


Unlike most designs of unique buildings/homes/spaces where most would like to stand out, the Ark Shelter in Belgium is trying to blend in and be one with nature as much as possible. Completely self-sustaining and eco-friendly. Pretty cool idea, and talk about minimalism…and that bed tho…*heart eyes emoji*

This is what the architect students had to say about the space:

“We are students of architecture, who put our heads together to rethink the way people live their fast and stressful lives. Today we witness a perpetual evolution of new technologies in the fast forward moving world. It is a never-ending story of daily pressure and continuous deadlines. We were thinking about a way to escape from our stressful lives and to get back to our roots. We believe people will find the break they need by bringing the nature back.”

“The philosophy behind ARK provides a place to live in the wild, back to basics. With the sides folding open, shelter takes in the landscape and becomes an extension of nature. Designed in a way of a low tech architecture, to let users a make effort, to feel a live and understand the rural way of life.”



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Today’s inspo is coming all the way from Happy Valley, Hong Kong. This is a renovated 3 bedroom apartment inside of an old residential building. I’m obsessed with how they designed the rooms to be either really open and have the ability to seamlessly blend with the adjacent room, or if you need privacy you can make them into their own little nooks. And is this color palette not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

The mixture of colors with the wallpaper in the living room + the pink couch + black framed sliding doors + the bubbly light fixtures, all somehow blend really well and give the apartment a personality of its own. I think the teal color behind that mirror is so bold and cool, I’m obsessed. Really makes me want to get my own place.


Lately/Design Inspo

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Lately: It’s been a rainy (making this island even more magical) past few days in Kauai but I’m loving it. Although I had a little bit of FOMO the first two days I arrived, I realized how lucky I am and how zen and healthy I feel when I’m here. On Sunday I helped unload the crate full of furniture/art/dish ware into my Grandparents’ new house which was exhausting but I’m so pumped I get to be one of the first people to see it really come to life! A few snapshots from the past few days:

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The never-ending crate…

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Design Inspo: Since my goal is to open up my own boutique hotel one day that revolves around wellness and sustainability, when I came across this boutique hotel in Bali I fell in looovee.

Their vibe: psychedelic surf rock, modern, tropical luxury, sustainability, with a side of take it easy, man. What more could you want, ugh.

The Slow,  Canggu, Bali

“Located at the crossroads of surf breaks, rice paddies, the mystical hills of Ubud, and cosmopolitan Seminyak, guests can choose to peace out or go play.


Check out their instagram to get a better sense of their vibe. I’m seriously in love with it.

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Does anyone else find that most wellness retreats, or maybe just retreats in general, tend to be situated in the most amazing locations/buildings? I know most of them are in Bali or Thailand or some other exotic place so that already makes it that much cooler, but I’m talking about the actual buildings and design of these spaces. Always so airy, and nature-based it’s hard not to like it even if it’s not your style.

I was looking at a few and found this  Sekeping Tenggiri Retreat in Bangsar, Malaysia. I love the unfinished + treehouse + slightly modern look that makes this place stand out so much. Brick, plus an over abundance of foliage is the perfect match in my opinion



Design Inspiration

Ever since the BLLA conference last week I can’t stop thinking about sustainable design and architecture. I recently went into an internet browsing black hole and couldn’t get out for a while looking for some inspiration and came upon some really cool buildings (which i’ve bookmarked and will be posting about in the future) but this one really stuck with me. Not exactly 100% sustainable and eco-friendly but I am obsessed with the old + new design concept plus how clean the entire look is. The original house is from the 1820’s and took 4 years to revamp! Ch-ch-check it out:

P.S.: I think i’ve found a new love within the architecture/design world?? Not mad about it…

The Floating Farmhouse, New York

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So fresh and so clean, clean. But honestly simplicity is everything.

Creative Spaces

I believe the perfect recipe for a great creative space is:

  • Dimensional
  • Incorporates nature
  • Mood Lighting
  • Minimalistic
  • Comfortable
  • Nostalgia

And by “creative space” I’m mostly referring to coffee shops. Some of the best I’ve been to have just about every element I listed above. They might have various nooks for if you want privacy, some plants hanging around or a vine-covered wall, cozy couches, large work tables, and nice lighting whether that be bright or dark and moody.

I don’t know one person that doesn’t find comfort in a good coffee shop. And I love that they are spaces so much more than just a place to grab a cup of joe. People can get their creative juices flowing, strategize on projects or ideas, finish some work, or spark up a conversation with a random stranger. If you talk to any of my close friends or family you’ll know that coffee shops are the first things I seek out when I’m in a new place. Why? They really say a lot about a city! Especially if you find one of the gems that all the locals go to.

Charleston, with its endless amount of coffee shops around, I think really triggered this obsession of mine. I promise one day I’ll be a proud owner of a cafe or some similar space that provides this sort of creative atmosphere for people! These pictures might give you some idea into what I’m talking about:

Kudu in Charleston = a dream

I went to Kudu at least twice a week. Spent a lot of my monthly spending money here #sorrynotsorry

Is their outdoor patio not the most welcoming and cozy thing you’ve seen? The hidden aspect of it (behind a wall on a tiny side street downtown) and its Secret Garden vibes play the biggest factors I think as to why it’s the favorite among locals.


OH, brick. Whether it’s new or part of the old architecture, that is another thing people are drawn to and adds that authentic factor to the space.


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Rustic interior/building +modern furniture+ plants everywhere = great combo.


I believe magic happens when you can make a heavy industrial designed interior look extremely airy and light.