We’ve all got our Vegas stories. And one of my favorites took place on a random Monday evening. I called one of my best friends and said, “You wanna go to Vegas? Right now?” So we drove to Burbank, hopped on a flight, and $89 and less than one hour later, there we were. We only spent one night there, but we had the best time. It was totally spontaneous, and totally unexpected.
Maybe that’s what I love most about Vegas—the fact that it welcomes spontaneity. You know what else I like? You can choose which Vegas experience you want to have. Some people go to gamble, some go for the food, and some go to shop and see the shows. Vegas nightlife is legendary, but personally, I’ve found that the daytime options have gotten so much better. These days, I mainly go to Vegas for the food and the shopping, but put me next to the pool with a cocktail in my hand, and I certainly won’t complain.
I’ve been to Vegas for so many events – big birthday bashes, bachelorette parties…you know the drill. My sister even got married In Vegas, which was loads of fun. Also fun? Designing the Downtown Grand, which was the biggest hospitality project I’ve taken on as a designer (and one that began back in 2011).
Pitching a design in a board room to 20 guys in suits was a much different experience than sitting down with a couple in their living room, but it was a pretty exciting experience.
My concept for this space was factory chic. The casino has great exposed girders, old brick walls, and exposed structural elements, so it was really begging for this vibe. And it’s located in downtown Vegas, so I knew we had to keep things relaxed and causal. But instead of going super industrial, I thought it was important to glam it up a bit. This is Vegas, after all, and I wanted the hotel to feel fun, playful, and also a little sophisticated.
We were able to accomplish this look with an intentional mix and match approach. Think beautiful tufted chair placed next to a steel table. And a mix of eras, too, like a time-worn antique placed by an upscale piece for a super refined work. You know what they say: It’s all in the details. And details are the things that really give the Downtown Grand such a fresh look and feel.
One of my favorite areas in the renovated hotel is the lobby space. The floor has a cool chevron pattern, and there’s so much sparkle and shine—it gives guests that “Welcome to Vegas” moment that can really transport and delight them.
I’m so excited to share more details about this hospitality design project with you, which I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. There are some fun spaces in the Downtown Grand, and I can’t wait for you to see them. I’ve also got a BIG announcement to make soon, so stay tuned!
And now that you know how much I love spontaneous Vegas trips, it’s your turn! What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done in Vegas? Share your stories with me in the comments section below.