Another hotel pops up in the “NoMad” (North of Madison Square Park) area. Instead of the usual funky, modern with a mix of vintage, this hotel is opulent and lush in every sense. From rich fabrics on heavy curtains and walls, to claw foot tubs, and even beautiful Persian rugs, you feel as though you are in a palace and not a boutique hotel in the middle of cosmopolitan New York City. Just look at that fireplace. What a magnificent centerpiece to draw your focus. Though the rooms are small, true to city living, their decor matches well with the rest of the hotel. Using luxurious wallpapers with textures and patterns in the bathrooms, heavy bedspreads, and simple yet elegant pieces of crown moulding, trim and chair rail, you can transform a relatively boring fours walls into a room with presence. I love the all white bedrooms: white curtains, white walls and white beds. Then there is the unexpected addition of a textured purple blanket and a dramatic headboard. By keeping certain things simple you can play around with other accessories and allow them to give a theatrical feel. But if you really want to go for it, make sure you mix textures, fabrics, and colors in the right combination. Golds and reds are warm and strong. Blues and silvers are colder and a little less offensive. Lace and velvet, quilted and patterned, ornate yet simple. There are so many ideas that can be toyed with when you are striving for an over the top lavish magnificence. This hotel is the perfect example of taking the richest of the rich and combining it with elegance and intrigue. Now that’s some to aspire to.