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Ever watch those design shows and see those boards with pictures of furniture and fabric samples?  Those are known as concept boards and they're supposed to be a snapshot of the finished space.  So imagine my delight as a designer when I checked into the Holiday Inn down in Baltimore to see a one for the room where I was staying.

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I was intrigued by the concept board.  This did not look like the typical hotel room with 80's pastel artwork and polyester coverlets.  This looked, dare I say, chic.  Details like an upholstered headboard, chaise lounge, and Eames inspired office chair gave me hope. 

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It was a little cramped, as most hotel rooms can be, like there was a bit too much furniture for the space.  And I can't say I loved the sheer/ribbon drapery treatment.  The room overall, did give the impression of new, contemporary and stylish.  I'm not sure how well some of the details will hold up in 5 years (turquoise is kind of a "now" color") but those can be easily changed out.  The furniture, headboard and background choices will transition with time.  Overall, a very welcome surprise. 

 


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