Designer Retreat Recap

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comA few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending an incredible designer retreat, courtesy of Zephyr, and I thought you guys might enjoy a recap or photo diary post of sorts. From the gorgeous hotel to extravagant wine tastings, dinner reservations, creative activities, and lots of new friends (many I’m sure you’re familiar with), it was a fantastic experience that is certainly worthy of sharing. Click through to see how it went! 

I have to give a little disclaimer- every single one of these images was shot with my iPhone because I didn’t feel like lugging my big camera around. First up, I wanted to show you the hotel… the Proper Hotel was designed by Kelly Wearstler and it was nothing short of magical, in terms of aesthetic.

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Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comI’m a details person and I’m also a Kelly Wearstler fan (I’ve even had the privilege of meeting her in person), so I knew this place was going to be amazing… right down to the room key!

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comAlthough I don’t think I could handle this much pattern in my own home on a daily basis, I had to appreciate the way it all worked together. That Kelly… she’s a design genius. There was a different wall paper on every single wall– 4 different patterns on the walls alone! Is that bonkers or what?! I suppose it’s like runway fashion… it’s not practical for the everyday, but it can be transferred, as well as inspire your everyday wardrobe. That’s how I felt about this hotel.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comAs soon as I arrived to my room, I realized I hadn’t had food all day, but didn’t want to spoil dinner- so naturally, I tested room service. For some reason french fries and beer sounded good. HA! Can you blame a girl? That definitely happened.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comIn addition to room service, I spent a lot of time perched on the window sill with my laptop, taking in the view and the room, while getting a little work done during the allotted downtime.

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Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comThe bathroom was also on another design level- I think that’s what actually inspired me the most because it had a very vintage appeal.

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Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comThis is a perfect example of using basic tile, but in a unique way! In our next house, I really want to use a tile border in some fashion. Even the drain and shower floor was well planned!

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comPretty perfect, right? Diagonal from the shower sat the sink and vanity. More nero black marble for the win! I was also loving those brass plumbing fixtures. I’ve been wondering if I should use brass in our next renovation and I think this confirmed my answer… YES. It’s just too good- timeless in my opinion.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comLet’s venture outside of the hotel room to the common spaces, shall we? They were equally as cool and weird! Check out the lobby…

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comSo many colors, patterns, and textures… yet it all felt eclectic, hip, and put together. Again, it’s not my personal preference for my home- but I was feeling it in the hotel setting.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comOne thing is for certain- this hotel inspired me to step up my gallery wall game. There was SO. MUCH. ART… installed in really neat ways.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comI think of all of the gallery walls and vignettes, the one pictured below was my favorite. It quickly became a favorite morning spot to sit down, catch up on emails, and have coffee with new friends.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comAre your eyes bleeding or are you into this? I have a couple more spaces to show you in the hotel before we move on! Check out the bar… that paint color was super gorgeous in person!

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comLastly, the Zephyr team took us into an exclusive part of the hotel- the rooftop lounge. It’s essentially a VIP section and the decor upstairs was also very cool! Check out the fireplace, that looks like a sculptural piece of art. It kind of had an Alice in Wonderland type of vibe.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comKirsten and I spent our last night at the hotel sipping cocktails by this fireplace because we couldn’t warm up… not a bad place to be! The cocktails tasted as good as they looked.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comHere I am with some of my new pals on the rooftop! Left to right… Jana // Kate // Natalie // Sarah …. If you’re not following these ladies, you should be! They’re all super talented and such sweet souls.

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Next we toured a bunch of amazing design showrooms. Obviously we spent a good portion of one day at Zephyr learning about kitchen ventilation, range hoods, and their new line of Preserv beverage coolers. As a designer, I love doing things like this! I’ve always been a curious person and love learning. I feel like the more you know, the better. Needless to say, this was one of my favorite days from the trip.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comI won’t bore you with details, but I am going to spoil a secret because I have another Zephyr post in the works… in a week and a half, I’m hosting a giveaway for a free range hood! Just in time for Thanksgiving cooking. Here’s the entire gang on showroom day…

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comLeft to right… Nicole // Natalie // Lauren // Kirsten // Vanessa // Anissa // Jana // Caitlin // Sarah // Sarah // Sarah (aka, me) // Kate – yes there were A LOT of Sarahs on the trip. We also toured Nido Living, Coup D’etat, and Fireclay Tile.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comAfter everyone had caught their flights home, Kate, Natalie, and I ventured to Heath Ceramics and Tartine Bakery & Bar (I loved their white-washed lantern ceiling) for pre-tattoo cocktails. That makes me sound much cooler than I actually am.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comYes! You read that right. I like to get tiny travel tattoos and apparently so does Kate, so we decided on whim that we should go together. Obviously, we became fast friends! She’s a gem. I could brag on her all day long.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comLastly, I wanted to share some snippets of our adventures in Napa!


Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comWe began the day at Joseph Phelps. This was our private tasting room, complete with our own sommelier who gave us a little class and schooled us on wine education. It was very fun! Again, I’m all about learning- especially if wine is involved. Ha!

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Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comIt was a gorgeous day and the winery was beautifully designed. Next we ventured to Rutherford Hill and had a tasting, complete with lunch in a cave!

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comHere is the entire group wrapping up our day in Napa. On the way back to San Francisco, we stopped to check out the SF Fall Antique Show. Basically it was a day of wine, good company, and antiques…. pretty much my ideal scenario.

Designer Retreat Recap - roomfortuesday.comI feel really thankful that I was invited on the trip! I can’t wait to gift one of you a gorgeous range hood- so stay tuned for that! What do you think of the hotel? Are you into it or is it too wild? Do you follow any of my new friends? There were so many talented ladies at the retreat! I’ve got the office reveal planned for tomorrow.

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  1. Happy birthday! (It is today, right?) I hope it’s filled with puppy love, adventure, cocktails and cake! (I actually think every day should be filled with those things.)
    About this trip! Looks like a fantastic experience. Those Zephyr folks seem classy and generous. I now definitely need to visit The Proper. I love Kelly Wearstler and could totally live with all that pattern. I might like a touch more color and dial back a skosh on the modern. (Although a girl could probably learn to live with some iconic Italian modern furniture if pressed.) Really, thanks for the vicarious trip!

    1. Thank you so much Peggi!! Excited for another great year! I agree that every day would be amazing if filled with those things :) Unfortunately, I’m having some medical testing done and Emmett will be confiscating my phone so I don’t end up posting some post anesthesia content that makes zero sense. Haha! It was really an amazing trip, and I totally agree- I could get used to living with that amazing furniture. xox