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Ace Hotel DTLA Exterior Lobby

It seems kind of strange that NYC and London got outposts of the Ace Hotel before LA but I suppose the Ace team was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to come along. Lucky for everyone, it finally did. The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is fresh off the presses having opened only a few weeks ago in the once famous United Artists theater, a gorgeous Spanish Gothic-style building from 1927.

Ace Hotel DTLA Room


Sticking close to its hipster roots, the 182 rooms and 16 suites are outfitted with everything artisinal and hip. Local conspirators Commune Design handled the interior design as well as the custom furniture fabrication. Rooms are as utilitarian as you would expect from the Ace but include Revo Radios, free internet and Rudy’s toiletries. Suites are a great choice for longstays and include gorgeous marble and brass wet bars that are equipped with mix, booze and fresh citrus in the fridge. So smart.

Ace Hotel DTLA Record Player

This hotel explores a new musical theme for the chain – a dream of the late Ace Hotel Group founder Alex Calderwood. Ace x Rega RP1 turntables and a curated collection of vinyl records can be found in each space. Select suites also include a Martin acoustic guitar and a ceiling spotlight to encourage impromptu performances.

Ace Hotel DTLA Theater

Next door to the hotel, the United Artist’s marquis theater has been transformed into a lush performance space brimming with ornate period details. Each of the 1,600 seats has been reclaimed and reupholstered while a new Art-Deco inspired ticket booth (turned daytime newstand) greets visitors at the entrance.

Ace Hotel DTLA Cafe

LA Chapter, the onsite restaurant, is helmed by chef Ken Addington and serves cuisine that is local, organic and modern (so fitting for LA). For more casual fare, a coffee bar that features Stumptown coffee is available in the lobby. The mostly concrete rooftop bar and pool area was developed to look like Donald Judd’s pool in Marfa and includes a lighting installation by Michael Schmidt.

Ace Hotel DTLA pool

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
929 South Broadway
T. 213.623.3233
Rooms from $199 a night.

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House Tours

AE House, Mexico City[ Contemporist ]

Concrete in Buenos Aires [ Freshome ]

Beautiful mid-century Vancouver apartment [ VIA ]

Artistic in Copenhagen [ Freshome ]

Glass Loggia house, Sydney [ Desire To Inspire ]

DIY & Projects

Wood and gold candles [ A Subtle Revelry ]

DIY modern wall art [ Kara Parslay Designs ]

Himelli DIY [ Hydrangea Girl ]

Sweater vase [ Sweet Paul ]

Tufted headboard [ Little Green Notebook ]

Fashion & Beauty

Neon cameo necklace [ Whimsey Box ]

DIY waxed denim [ Because I'm Addicted ]

Gorgeous painted rhinestone necklace [ Swellmayde ]

Book clutch [ Runway DIY ]

DIY angel top [ Made by Rae ]

Hotels & Travel

If only I had known about this before I went - byronbayfarm  [ Desire To Inspire ]

Casa Lola Trancoso, Brazil [ The Zhush ]

Hôtel Nord Pinus, Provence [ Remodelista ]

Yemanja Resort, Mustique [ Freshome ]

Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China [ Honestly WTF ]

Entertaining & Parties

I am dying over James of Bleubird Vintage’s fabulous wedding (as is everyone else). How ridiculously gorge. [ Parts 1 and 2 ]

Red wine pairings [ Mint Loves Social Club ]

Valentine’s Day girls night in [ The Glitter Guide ]

Stamped party cups [ Oh Happy Day ]

Paint chip photo backdrop [ Kara Paslay Designs ]


Lotta Jansdotter’s toolbox [ DesignSponge]

LOL [ Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table ]

Green cleaning products [ Crazy Sexy LIfe ]

Dooce can be so sad yet so worth reading [ Dooce ]

The most common cooking mistakes [ Cooking Light ]

I tried to make this edition as Valentine’s free as possible. And not just because I happen to be single this year. Every year I get overloaded by all the expectation. Isn’t it better to do something romantic almost any other day? I hope that doesn’t sound too grumpy-pants. Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll continue this pink-free zone next week. xo

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House Tours

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House S in Vienna [ Contemporist ]

House R in Israel [ Freshome ]

DIY & Projects

Industrial mod desk [ Remodelista ]

Stencil pillow [ Wit and Whistle ]

Recycled paper basket [ DesignSponge ]

Matchstick candles [ Poppytalk ]

Gold lampshades [ Kara Paslay ]

Fashion & Beauty

Neon clutch [ Because I'm Addicted ]

Chalk your hair [ The Beauty Department ]

Geometric necklace [ Oh The Lovely Things ]

Peter pan collar [ A Beautiful Mess ]

Colorblock tees [ Uber Chic for Cheap ]

Hotels & Travel

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Jade Mountain, St. Lucia [ The Luxury Spot ]

La Maison, Paris [ Remodelista ]

Palm Springs [ Poppytalk ]

Miraval, Tucson [ Well and Good NYC ]

Entertaining & Parties

30th birthday brunch [ The Lovely Cupboard ]

Gluten free party snacks [ The Kitchn ]

Mini crepe paper flowers [ Oh Happy Day ]

Easy entertaining with a baked potato bar [ Cup of Jo ]

Gilded thank you cards [ Camille Styles ]


Karim Rashid for Bo Concept [ Contemporist ]

Recycled felt storage baskets [ DesignSponge ]

How to give compliments [ Style United ]

Pantry basics [ The Pioneer Woman ]

Pretty decanters [ DesignSponge ]

I have another busy weekend coming up and I am quite excited for it! I am also going to try to carve out some time to work on some DIYs – and maybe even go for a run. Eeep! Whatever you happen to be up to, I hope it’s turns out great.

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House Tours

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Modern wood in Hong Kong { Freshome }

Amazing NYC penthouse { Contemporist }

DIY & Projects

Painted glass bottles { Steven and Chris }

Dog sihlouette project { The Glitter Guide }

Record crates { DesignSponge }

Easy frame project { A Pair and A Spare }

Build your own cupboard { Curbly }

Fashion & Beauty

Neon envelope ipad case. Whoa! { Swellmayde }

Missoni nails { The Beauty Department }

Make your own mittens! { A Beautiful Mess }

Miu Miu tutu { Runway DIY }

Rope bracelet { Made By Girl }

Hotels & Travel

Bora Bora, Tahiti { This Is Glamorous }

The Dylan, Amsterdam { Leclair Decor }

Hôtel du Ministère, Paris { The Designer Pad }

Hix Island House, Puerto Rico { Remodelista }

Hotel Bel Air { Material Girls Blog }

Entertaining & Parties

Party decor { Decor8 }

Seattle wedding at the Corson building { 100 Layer Cake }

A pity party! (a little too late for Blue Monday) { Wit + Delight }

Berry brunch { Coco + Kelley }

Surprise lantern { Oh Happy Day }


Maisonee { Design Sponge }

A lesson on greys { 10 Rooms }

7 ways to refresh your space { Belle Maison }

The work of Kelly Behun { Desire to Inspire }

Clean your kitchen in 20 minutes a day { The Kitchn }

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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The Location

Sicilly is as well known for its passionate people as it is hailed for its pizza. But it’s southern coastline also boasts several small but thoroughly charming villages, clinging to the cliffsides. One of these, Sciacca, is filled with baroque churches and medieval alley ways. But the sunny sandy beaches overlooking the Mediteranean are the real draw here. Februrary is a favorite time to visit, to catch a part of the frenetic Carnival festivities. Nearby the ancient town of Agrigento houses the Valley of the Temples – a UNESCO World Heritage site with the remains of eight Greek temples. This area truly has all the hallmarks of a dream vacation destination: vast amounts of sunshine, a storied past and fabulous food.

The Hotel

Sicily is probably not the first place you think of when you think of a golf destination. But it’s actually home to the stunning Verdura Golf and Spa Resort – a luxury 5-star resort that is a destination unto itself. The first resort by Sir Rocco Forte is a stunning blend of impecable service and Italian style. The hotels motto is “the art of simple luxury” and it is achieved in spades.

The resort is an outdoor enthusiasts drea. It is set on a 230 hectare estate, a 90-minute drive from Palermo airport and boast 1.8 km of private coastline. Staff are well-equipped to give guests information on walking and hiking trails.

Verdura’s 203 spacious guest rooms and suites each have a view of the sea from a private terrace. Rooms are of two distinct varieties: Courtyard and Landscape. Natural materials have been liberally used thoroughout the public and private spaces. Stone, sand and wood recall the traditional architecture of Sicilly.

The Rocco Forte Hotel’s Director of Design, Olga Polizzi, was at the reigns here. The guest rooms use a rich earth tone palette punctuated by brightly printed fabrics to reflect the spicy Sicilian spirit. A recurring motif was inspired by a classic Scillian tile design. Four poster wood poster beds are contrasted against modern polished concrete floors. High tech Italian lighting shows off the luxury bedding and furnishings. The in-room spa showers are a marvel with up to 80 different ways to spray.

The Extras

Golfing is the of course the big draw here and there is little chance of getting bored. The resort has two 18-hole championship golf courses in addition to a smaller 9-hole course. There is also a tennis court on the property should you want to switch things up.

Verdura’s Spa also goes above and beyond. The 4,000-square-meter space offers an abundance of treatments including many different types of massage (both energizing and relaxing), couples treatments as well as facial and body treatments. Take your treatment on the private outdoor terrace then wile away the rest of the afternoon in the many spa amenity rooms which include thalassotherapy pools, a covered swimming pool, hammam and sauna.

And if you are looking for a one-stop shop, this resort is a great candidate. The property’s nine different restaurants and bars will have you on your toes. The focus is always on local fresh ingredients. The four restaurants are captained by Fulvio Pierangelini a master chef and old friend of Sir Rocco. Amare is the waterfront seaside restaurant that possibly earns the most accolades for its lively and fresh cuisine.

Children are welcomed here, so feel free to bring the family.

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
S.S. 115 Km 131
92019 Sciacca (AG) Sicily Italy
T: +390925998001
F: +390925998180
Rooms from $242.

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