Style Tips from the Hotel Havana

Style Tips from the Hotel Havana

Adrienne Breaux
Apr 19, 2010

We gave you a sneak peek of Liz Lambert's newest project, the Hotel Havana in San Antonio, last week. If you loved the hip, vintage look of the hotel's gorgeous rooms and common areas, you're in luck. We've got more great photos, some resources to share and some tips on how you can bring a little vintage Texas modern into your own home.

Inspiration from the Hotel Havana is in the simplicity of the decor: rooms aren't filled to the brim with furniture and accessories; rather, a balance between function and aesthetics has been achieved. The antique existing furniture of the hotel has been used, and chairs and couches have been reupholstered in hip velvet or vinyl materials. All the original beds have been repainted and refinished (the wood frames) or powder coated in greens, maroons and blues (the metal frames). Local companies were used.

The entire interior color palette is also inspiring. White walls are supported by gorgeous wood floors and wood trim, which is then punctuated by a colorful and youthful array of accent colors, a sort of Mid-Century Modern/Southwestern palette: colors of the sunset like reds, oranges and pinks, offset by cool turquoise blues, kelly greens and with a hint of golden yellow. This combination of colors and the way it's applied—sparingly and with purpose—makes the whole interior of the hotel feel at once vintage and authentic, but also hip and modern, too.

Steal the look of the hotel's guest rooms for your own bedroom by sticking to crisp yet flowy white sheets and pillows—only breaking up the white to add a few small punches of color with accent pillows. Sheets and bedding at the Hotel Havana are from Maharaja Me, based in California. Bedspreads are heavyweight 100% linen and sheets are 100% cotton custom made 200 count.

An easy way to infuse a little Texas cool into your space is by implementing cool art. Framed vintage movie posters, prints, illustrations and posters are a hallmark of Liz Lambert interiors. By using only a piece or two per room with a lot of white space, you'll create a relaxing feeling just like in the Hotel Havana.

Some more resources from the Hotel Havana: New bedside sconces are from Alexander Marchant. Ceiling lights, bath wall sconces and bath accessories are from Rejuvenation. Gorgeous and colorful refrigerators are from the Italian company Smeg. Penthouse tile is from Anne Sack's new company, Design and Direct Source. Patio furniture is from Janus et Cie. Bedside alarm clocks radios are from Tivoli Audio.

(Images: Allison V. Smith photography)

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