Leaders of The New School | Platform LA

IMG_3055While in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago I soaked in a little more than sunny skies and heavy traffic. I spied Platform LA, an eye-catching retail concept situated in the often skipped over, but up-and-coming, Culver City. At first, the shopping district appears to take the form of a familiar outdoor mall but quickly revealed a refreshing twist – one-off retailers, restaurants, and art galleries for a destination-worthy, shopping experience. Platform LA serves up a branded shopping experience with a distinct “between the brands” expression that comes across through their tailored curation of retailers, a commitment to the arts, respite inspired landscaping, and an encouraging tone of voice that acts as a playful counter to their on-site wayfinding. Read more of this post

Beyond the 3 x 6 White Tile

CeramicTech Italy Trip

This year I had the opportunity to travel abroad with Ceramic Technic. Many of their factories and showrooms are based out of the Bologna area of Italy. Our days were filled with showroom tours exposing us to the European favorite: ‘large format tile’ (because of its sleek and modern appearance) as well as the most beautiful hand-painted tile. Read more of this post

The Blending of Retail: RH Chicago

The retail, hospitality and restaurant industries are blending, now more than ever, and there’s no better example than the 3 Arts Club Cafe and the Restoration Hardware flagship in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The high-end furniture brand transformed an early-20th-century landmark into a one-of-kind destination – part art gallery, part restaurant – the 70,000 SF space certainly offers more than just retail. Read more of this post

Hanging Around

Being part of the Hospitality Studio, I am always interested in staying at unique and different lodging experiences when traveling. So, on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest with my husband and friends, we journeyed a little further north than originally planned to spend the night in sphere tree houses. It was definitely worth it! Read more of this post

Park Avenue Seasonality

A few weeks ago, I was staring out the window of a NYC Taxi trying not to wince as we almost got flattened by a truck, and a bright yellow awning emblazoned with the word “summer” in bold, capitalized letters grabbed my attention. I caught a glimpse through the window as we whizzed by and had a vague impression of an interior dripping with vibrant plants, but before I could get a really good look we were off again.  Read more of this post

Preservation Meets Hospitality

While I was in Baltimore this past holiday weekend, I got a chance to walk through Kevin Plank’s, newly opened, boutique hotel, The Sagamore Pendry. Plank is the CEO of Under Armour, which is also headquartered in Baltimore. The headquarters sits right across the Harbour looking straight at what was once a deteriorating pier, now Plank has turned it into a new luxury hotel. Read more of this post

#FRCHCelebrates

In celebration of over ten years of “Best Place to Work” recognition, everyone’s hard work and closing in on our 50-year anniversary coming in 2018, we thought it would be a great opportunity to say THANK YOU and give Monday, July 3rd as an extra day off to extend the holiday and spend some extra time with family and friends…however there was one condition, FRCH-ers had to capture their free time with photos. We asked them to share those special moments – whether it was fireworks, food, family or fun – we wanted to see how #FRCHCelebrates!  Read more of this post