December 1st, 2006 | Paul Rusnak

Final Thoughts: These are a few of my favorite things

1 Dec, 2006 By: Paul Rusnak Hotel Design

Paul Rusnak

The winter holiday season: 'Tis the perfect time for giving, receiving and making resolutions for the upcoming year. So, how does the activity in the hotel-design community relate to this festive time?

HOLIDAY SPIRIT Although located in steamy South Beach, the white-and-red color scheme of the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club is fitting for the winter holiday season.

The crux of HOTEL DESIGN'S mission statement is to celebrate the imaginative work of the many individuals in the hospitality-design industry. By giving the gift of their skills to create luxurious lobbies, great guestrooms and beautiful baths, hotel designers are satisfying the wish lists of those in the lodging industry and guests alike. Business in the hotel world is still on an upswing and design has been an integral and growing part of that success.

Receiving: Writing and editing for this magazine is almost present enough for me (I said, almost). The design-project packets submitted to HOTEL DESIGN by architectural and design firms are like little gifts. As I unwrap the package (no bows included), I eagerly check to see what's inside. Oh, just what I wanted—a boutique-hotel renovation! OK, it doesn't transpire exactly like that, but understanding that publishing a particular project might influence another designing mind to create something of his or her own does happen. Has it inspired me to venture out in the freezing weather to construct a "snowtel" big enough for my 9-month-old daughter, Hannah, complete with an all-white color scheme? Maybe not yet, but just having that thought cross my mind means some of the creativity I'm exposed to has rubbed off on me. I hope the same happens for those who read this magazine on a regular basis.

Resolutions: Judging by the amount of renovations and new-build lodging projects scheduled to begin or to be completed in 2007, it's obvious hotel designers are resolving to continue decking the halls with style and savvy. In turn, my resolution as an editor for this magazine is to keep the warm glow of the spotlight shining where it belongs—on hotel design.

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

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