Architecture always influences interior design. For me, architecture is important to the success of a project to flow holistically, inside and out. The form of the structure and the interior design and décor need to speak the same language to evoke a strong concept and reinforce the brand identity.
I have had a chance to discover all the nooks and crannies of downtown Denver. From hotels to showrooms to restaurants and everything in between, I have loved getting to know this city and its signature style. I pay special attention to respect the architecture, which leads to a balanced design that feels comfortable to the end-user!
Denver is an ever-evolving city in the midst of a culinary and interior design revolution, elevating the industries to be on-par with more robust cities. My 12th-floor apartment at the Confluence Park gives me an incredible vantage point to view all of the newness below. It feels like a new frontier, not just for my husband and I, but everyone around us.
I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts on one of my favorite recently-opened boutique hotels— The Ramble Hotel. Nestled in the emerging RiNo neighborhood, this highly anticipated hotel opening has far exceeded my expectations. The overarching concept for Ramble Hotel is very intriguing, as it is inspired by a chateau in France. This is unique for Denver because there are no other hotels in the area that incorporate these classical European elements in a modernized setting.
The hotel is home to the infamous Death & Co. cocktail bar. The bar’s second outlet opened outside of New York City! I love the layout and how they have blended the ground floor functions to serve as hotel operations and F&B; lobby guest check-in, coffee bar with lounge sofa seating in the morning/daytime, and how the F&B changes throughout the day with the main Death & Co. bar and table dinner service at night within the same space. Very multi-functional! It creates a buzzing atmosphere full of energy at any time of the day.
If I had to narrow down my top 3 favorite design elements throughout the space, it would be...
Saturated midnight blues, evergreen, mustard, and spice colored fabrics (dark and sexy), incorporated through the use of rich velvets and leather, is balanced with light oak wood paneling detailing. They brought the natural element of the outdoors inside green foliage throughout. The drama is accentuated through large-scaled tufting on the sofas and check-in desk.
There’s an interesting blend of architectural and decorative lighting like the classical French Empire over-scaled crystal chandeliers for dramatic effect, mid-century modern wall sconces, and very traditional residential feeling table lamps that look straight out of antique store & also beautiful use of antique Persian rugs that bring in some pattern to the space.
It respects the neighborhood architecturally with the red brick, and incorporates elements that are reminiscent of the past. The designer used a dynamic blend of parquet flooring with plaster and concrete textured walls with rich colors juxtaposed to the black metal sash windows, brass detailing, and dark blue velvet drapery panel.
Looking for lighter, airier vibes? Hit up the chic “garden” patio on the second level of the hotel— the craft cocktails and bites won't disappoint. I recommend trying out their twist on “The French 75” cocktail and a Lobster Roll… pure magic!
At Ramble, the lobby space encourages many interpersonal connections between hotel guests, those posting up with coffee to work, and those grabbing a cocktail or dinner at Death & Co. With New York City’s Death & Co. opening their 2nd location here, they have brought a forward-thinking and innovative F&B program to Denver. Their food and beverage offerings, as well as service with serious attention to detail is un-matched all within a truly stunning space that flows.
Denver is on the rise with dozens of cranes on the horizon, huge developments underway, and thousands of apartments opening to hold all of the growth, this burgeoning culture is being defined by a millennial generation of hip, cool design enthusiasts! The Ramble Hotel has successfully executed the concept of community as a multi-functional space, which is why I love the property!
-Jamie Williams & STUDIO JW Team