Hotel Monaco entrance

In case you haven’t noticed, my day job has been eating up my blogging time for the last year and a half. So, I thought I’d share a little of my day job with you. Recently, I took a business trip to Salt Lake City, and I stayed in a lovely hotel, Hotel Monaco. Always on the lookout for great DIY and decorating ideas, I snapped a few pictures of the trendy decor with my mobile phone.

This white leather cocoon loveseat was one of my favorite pieces—and it makes a statement right inside the front door of the hotel.

Hotel Monaco fireplace

This reminds me of decorating walls with empty picture frames and and ceiling medallions, but on a grander scale. Notice that the starburst mirrors are actually all one piece. And I’m always a sucker for decorative moldings and big white fireplaces.

More photos after the jump.

Hotel Monaco lobby chairs

I like the shape of these white leather chairs with nailhead trim and rolled arms. And, as you know, I love white furniture.

Hotel Monaco chandelier

Sleek and shiny chandeliers in the hall. And I like the yellow walls with light blue soffits. (Sorry about the blurry picture.)

Bambara restaurant

Love the houndstooth booths in Bambara Restaurant & Bar (downstairs in the hotel.) And, as I recall, the walls are painted silver.

Hotel Monaco lamp

Hmm, this lamp looks familiar. Oh, that’s because two smaller versions reside in my living room.

Hotel Monaco credenza

This greets you when the elevator opens on your floor. The credenza, lamps, mirror, and phone aren’t that exciting by themselves, but together they shine, literally and figuratively. But the carpet is too loud for my taste.

Hotel Monaco bed

The best part: a fabulous giant tufted headboard. The blue wallpapered walls, white lamp, and nailhead nightstand work for me too.

Hotel Monaco room

This whole room is a great example of decorating with red, white, and blue without it looking patriotic.

Hotel Monaco wing chair

This wing chair with zebra pillow are a DIY inspiration. The white swirl on blue velvet with nailheads is classy. (The bum print? Not so much.)

Hotel Monaco desk

The desk and entertainment center are ho-hum to me, but I wanted you to see the dramatic draperies and coordinating white lamp.

Hotel Monaco lobby

Here’s my last photo of the Hotel Monaco’s lobby. It would be even better if you ditched the maroon color and the giant gold ball chandeliers. This boutique hotel is nice, but it’s is nothing in comparison to the building below.

Salt Lake City LDS temple

I snapped this image from a nearby rooftop restaurant. The Salt Lake City temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) always takes my breath away. And it’s even more gorgeous at night.