hotel lobby project update

April 8th, 2014   |   DecorLife


Lately, more and more of my time is being spent on The Guesthouse Hotel project that I’ve worked on over the past year.

I’ve already shared the hotel branding before and after on the blog.

But the hotel lobby progress has been shared primarily through Instagram.

What started out as an empty lot last summer:



Now has walls!


(Just ignore the giant pile of dirt in the club room.) 

Here’s the layout of the space as a whole.

LayoutAs you can see, there are three main spaces: the lobby, club room, and library.

On the lobby side, things are pretty straightforward.

LobbyLayout(I’ll save most of the furniture and decor details till the reveal.)

The club room is also pretty simple to envision at this stage.

ClubRoomLayoutThe walls will be paneled similar to how you see below.


In the club room and lobby, all walls and trim will be white. And the fireplace walls will be painted black floor to ceiling with a black stone surround.

Meanwhile, the library is going to be completely black, with floor to ceiling bookshelves and a recessed gold tin ceiling(!).

Library There will also be rustic wood throughout the space.


Barn doors will close off the library and club room when needed, a custom 10′ dining/conference table is being built for the library, and the front desk will have a wood clad front.

We are also using a faux marble stone (I don’t know the name of it, though. I think it’s a quartz or manmade surface.) for the surfaces on the front desk, wet bar, and library buffet.

I also have a few other tricks up my sleeve for the space as well… but I’ll save those for now.

Overall, you can expect lots of black, white, brass, and wood.

Now, I better get back to my furniture sourcing. There is still quite a bit of work to do over the next two months!



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  • Change of Art

    Eek — a gallery wall!

  • Change of Art

    Oops (hit return by mistake). I can’t wait to see your all black library with the gold ceiling – it sounds amazing!

  • blair @ the fox and she

    ahhh!! its going to look amazing when it’s all finished!!! love it!

  • Jess Lively

    Thanks, Blair!

  • Jess Lively

    I can’t wait to share it with you, too! : )

  • Jess Lively

    Yes, and I’m going to need lots of frames… ; )

  • Jess Lively

    I know! I can’t wait to see it all done, too!

  • Jess Lively

    Thanks, Diane!

  • gaia

    Wow sounds great! Can’t wait to see it. Well done!

  • Emily Trout

    What a dream project Jess! It’s looking good. I really adore the ‘construction’ phase just as much as the decor stage :)

  • Kimberly Whittaker

    This looks fabulous! I cannot wait to see the finished project… after going through home renovations, I can relate to how exciting it is once walls are up and painting is about to begin.

  • Christy Campbell

    Wow, how fun! So cool to see the progress. A good reminder that dreams are built, they don’t just happen! Have fun :)

  • Jess Lively

    Exactly! Built one day at a time, over a pretty long time. : )

  • Alex

    exciting to see it all coming together!!

  • Jess Lively

    I know! I can’t even imagine it with painted walls! I still remember the dirt floors!

  • Jess Lively

    Thanks, Alex!

  • Jess Lively

    Agreed! When I had cable I was *obsessed* with Sarah’s House on HGTV and the idea of doing what she does. Now, this project feels pretty darn close to that dream. : )

  • Jess Lively

    Thanks, Gaia!

  • Diane Gifford

    Where is this located?

  • Jess Lively

    It’s at 4866 N. Clark St. in Chicago. : )

  • jillian

    it’s so fun to see the progress! thanks for sharing. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • Jess Lively

    My pleasure! I’m glad you liked the progress report. : )