To be added to my Future Travel Wish List: a stay at Hôtel des Académies et des Arts in Paris, once home to Modigliani (and his studio on the top floor), now a hotel and open-to-all artist workspace with 20 “large poetic rooms.” The hotel was redone by Paris-based architecture studio Lizée Hugot (the team behind Hotel Le Sud many miles south; see Let There Be Light: Hotel Le Sud in the South of France, a Guesthouse Inspired by Picasso) and features hand-painted murals on the ceilings and intentional paint splatters—much more artist’s atelier than hotel. Have breakfast or a drink in the café; just behind is a painting studio where guests—and students from the Academy of Arts across the street—can work.
Here are a few design elements we love:
1. Add nails.
2. Paint built-ins.
3. Employ sculptural furnishings.
4. Embrace paint splatters.
5. Make art.
6. Bring back wood paneling.
7. Or silk.
8. Hue to a neutral palette.
9. Hand-paint murals.
10. Hang a sink skirt.
For much more, head to Hôtel des Académies et des Arts. And for more Ideas to Steal, might we suggest:
- Danish Light: 8 Ideas to Steal from a Restaurant in Copenhagen by a Studio on the Rise
- Jolene in London: 7 Simple, Budget Ideas to Steal from the Year’s Most Rustic Bakery
- Wilder, in London: 9 Design Ideas to Steal from Terence Conran’s New Forage-Focused Restaurant