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February 28, 2010updated Feb 08, 2013

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Turns 30, Unveils Redesign

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Dallas, Texas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek has spent three decades as a trend-setter in the hotel industry, and it’s ushering in the new decade as a fore-runner in style and design. In its 30th birthday year, The Mansion debuts a dramatically redesigned property.

The hotel’s 143 newly appointed rooms and suites and restyled lobby are unveiled this month and feature a stunning design concept, a collaborative effort of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Michael Booth, principal of the San Francisco-based interior design firm BAMO. When Caroline Rose Hunt turned the Sheppard King mansion into a world-class hotel 30 years ago, it was a leader in style and service. That same tradition continues today as the new design pays homage to the property’s storied, iconic history.

“As the only Five Star, Five Diamond hotel in Texas, it’s important for Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek to be the most timeless, refined property in the industry,” Managing Director Duncan Graham said. “Maintaining our tradition of awards and recognition is critical, and this stunning redesign sets the tone for the next three decades.”

The sophisticated design begins with the lobby, as guests are greeted with custom, limed oak reception and concierge desks, providing a calming place for the eye to rest.

Expanding on a concept centered on soft tones and cool colors, Booth was careful to keep the space refined, not too casual, and never trendy. The lobby furnishings and textiles are a careful juxtaposition of shapes, materials and color, and an elaborate layering of detail and styles reinforces the residential quality.

The lobby is anchored by a pair of neutral-colored Michael Taylor sofas that boast refined curves. The look is punctuated by beautiful, lattice-backed occasional chairs by John Boone, and four elegant, art-modern club chairs with coral and white Fortuny fabric are the work of William Switzer. Also by Switzer, two exaggerated wing chairs in embossed yellow leather frame the original fireplace.

Paying homage to The Mansion’s history, antique, stone-topped consoles original to the hotel were artfully restored and they take center stage in the new lobby design.

The new color scheme is a soothing and warm palate that mixes buttery off-whites with light grays and sand colors, then adds The Mansion’s iconic peach color and coral, red, brown and black for furnishings and accents. Additional ranges of color are in the artwork, which purposefully contrast everything else in the spaces.

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Three decades ago, Mrs. Hunt was a leader in combining modern and traditional art displayed in a residential setting, and the same is true today. The Mansion’s art collection is an exclamation point to the interior design. Throughout the property – the restaurant, lobby and guestrooms and suites – stylish, colorful prints and original creations by Texas artists personalize each space.

The lobby’s signature moment is in the hand-painted Chinese silk wallpaper by De Gournay. The pattern, custom painted to fit the lobby walls, is traditional, classic and compliments the platinum Brunschwig wallpaper in the Promenade. The seating areas are grounded by carpets in a modernized trellis pattern handmade in Thailand. They provide a contemporary counterpoint to the traditional wallpaper.

The guest rooms are an extension of the lobby and dining spaces in both style and mood. Egyptian cotton sheets and residential furnishings in sumptuous fabrics set the standard in luxury. Calming, peaceful paint colors provide subtle continuity from the intimate, original home to the hotel rooms, and the look is pulled together with thoughtful accessories, art and attention to detail.

It was important for the designers to carry The Mansion’s residential style throughout the property, and the look is achieved with detailed chairs and sofas, pretty lamps and furnishings one would find in the finest home. The spacious rooms are at once formal, without being fussy, and comfortable. A deliberate combination of fabric colors and textures and wood grains and finishes results in rooms that lead the industry in style and sophistication.

“Those who have never been to The Mansion will feel like this is the legendary, iconic place they’ve always heard about, and those who’ve been coming for years will recognize it as the place they’ve always loved,” Booth said.

The hotel redesign comes on the heels of the restoration of the historic Mansion Restaurant. In 2008, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek introduced the renovated Mansion Restaurant, which featured a mix of historic architectural details and modern art and lighting. In November 2009, Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon took the reins to lead the next generation of culinary excellence at The Mansion Restaurant.

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