Adrift Hotel's New Designer Pillows
The time came last year to search past my local home of Astoria for opportunities in design and retail, by re-discovering our sister region, the Long Beach Peninsula of Washington. Here is a place that has that feeling of "otherness" in being separated from the mainland cities and yet having its own laid back vibe, retro eye candy, and closeness to nature. It's a gem in my book!
Lately, there have been a lot of my projects in the works - preparing to be the inaugural Second Saturday Artwalk artist for a sour beer brewery opening this month in Astoria (yay, more beers!), working with Buoy Beer to create a new tote bag design for 2017 (see last year's design here), re-stocking the extremely popular Astoria Column gift shop with local goods (totes inspired by Coxcomb Hill), and forging a relationship with the local Astoria Riverfront Trolley Association to sell trolley photo totes (see here) on one of the best things in town - a sight-seeing vintage ride along the Columbia River with friendly information guides for only $1!!
Whew, that's a lot!
In today's blog, I am excited to show you how Adrift Hotel's great design team coordinated not only their colors but local surrounds into the guest experience with the use of my photo pillows. They just fit so well...
The vision of the owners and designers of the Adrift has really struck a chord in my soul, as I noticed we are attracted to the same colors and hues of blues and greys, with dashes of red and fun lighting among their minimalist design elements. Exposed wood grain furniture and grunge-textured metal panels add earthiness and warmth to the cool colors that are known for their subdued and calming effect, much like the peninsula skies on a typical day.
Each room has its own unique personality, with vintage lights casting prismatic sparkles that frame the beds, which kind of make me feel like a VIP visitor. Relaxing softly on the fluffy beds are my accent throw pillows they chose, which really bring the outdoors in by being a tribute to what you see out the windows at your cozy sitting tables - foggy forests on an overcast day to the East and South or sunny sand dunes on brighter days to the West and North.
This is a coastal landscape that is gifted with beauty in every direction ... it's part of the charm of not having any skyscrapers around! I really had a hard time leaving without taking lots more photos, so if you want to go check it out and stay yourself, visit Adrift Hotel (here) for booking or just to satisfy your curiosity. They have great winter rates and provide self-contained entertainment in the form of foosball and ping-pong tables, and they will exceed your basic survival needs with a wonderful bar and restaurant on the top floor called the Pickled Fish (here), featuring live music every week. You won't be complaining when you have the free locally roasted coffee in the lobby either, winky-wink.
I am open to designing custom pillows, wall tapestries, and tote bags for more local businesses who enjoy my style of photography, but if you want one sooner than later for your home, there are quite a few I can ship out from my studio. Shop online for them at ETSY (here) or browse my page of Product Design (here) from my website, NYED.
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