Hotel Healdsburg Debuts Fashion-Forward New Look

It’s been a busy year for Hotel Healdsburg, and today, guests can fully appreciate what’s kept the designers and construction crews scurrying behind the scenes. The luxury property unveiled a dramatic new lobby with its Spirit Bar, plus a new pool garden in 2015, and now, the wraps have come off the collection of sparkling new rooms and suites.

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Created in a collaboration between San Francisco-based David Baker Architects and Myra Hoefer Design Inc. of Healdsburg, the design refresh brings crisp, comfortable, modern spaces dressed in glamour. It’s art all around, from locally-made furniture including custom bedframes crafted from ancient Bay Laurel trees, cheeky custom cowhide benches, rustic harbor-recycled wood bedside tables, luxurious silk and wool rugs, and textured linen slip covered chairs.

Even the dishes in each of the 50 rooms and six suites are custom, as ceramic coffee cups and plates designed by Jered Nelson of Jered’s Pottery in Richmond.

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“Guests will feel immersed in art and fine craftsmanship during their stay,” said Circe Sher, partner in the Piazza Hospitality group who developed and manages Hotel Healdsburg. “Still, it’s low-key luxury with an organic and humble touch.”

To brighten up the rooms and elevate the abundant natural light, the new design features an updated color palate of Farrow and Ball Ammonite white walls, and pale green-blue Mizzle shutters, along with light blue accents.

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Playing off this color scheme, Healdsburg-based artist Wade Hoefer has created original cloud paintings unique to each room in shades of silver, lavender, and gray, exuding calming and ethereal undertones. To further enhance the rooms’ lighting, custom bathroom fixtures from Pritchard Peck Lighting Design, floor lamps by San Francisco-based Pablo Designs, and Urban Electric sconces have been installed, along with a custom illuminated headboard with built in reading lights.

All lighting systems are environmentally friendly using LEDs and central switching controls at the bedside and door, supporting the hotel’s ongoing eco-conscious practices.

Original, locally-made artisan furniture pieces include custom beds with illuminated headboards and consoles designed by siblings, Brit Epperson and Barret Karber of David Baker Architects, crafted from trees sourced from Evan Shively’s Arborica of West Marin; and wood bedside tables from Palecek.

Guests should also be sure to take in the charms of the hotel’s second floor courtyard entry, which features includes a new showpiece large-scale panoramic photo of the Russian River taken by Barbara Bourne, a local landscape photographer known for her majestic portraits of the Russian River. Measuring nearly 15 feet in length, the black and white image depicts an eight-mile section of the nearby river and was made by blending eight images together.

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The new rooms mesh with the new lobby, done in velvet couches and pillows, faux emu chairs, hide stools, rough reclaimed lumber tables and textured woven chairs. The room’s color palette now glows in light grays, yellows and white tones, while cloud paintings and grand over-sized mirrors suffuse the room with an abundance of light. Custom-designed, crescent-shaped sofas, meanwhile, bring new height and intimacy to the space to provide a versatile, inviting setting for small or large groups.

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Earlier this summer the property unveiled its newly-refreshed pool and surrounding garden landscape, which was transformed under the direction of award-winning landscape architect, Andrea Cochran. Set among a newly-designed garden of white roses, fig trees, blushing bride hydrangeas, Heritage olive trees, and vibrant Boxwood globes, the new poolside furnishings are minimal and modern reflecting Healdsburg’s relaxed yet stylish vibe.

Furniture pieces include teak and mesh chaises and side tables from Mama Green; large Tuuci Cantilevered square umbrellas lining the western edge of the pool; Gigi deep lounge seating by Janus et Cie nestled in the olive grove and Gabellini Sheppard’s Fibonacci Lounge seating by Janus et Cie along the eastern wall. New ambient lighting from Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design enhances the landscape features and the pool creating a sophisticated evening mood.

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For the finishing opulent touch, Andrea Cochran and David Baker Architects collaborated on a custom zinc and concrete pool bar fabricated by Defauw Design+Fabrication from Berkeley. Here, guests can enjoy poolside dining service all summer long.

25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, 707-431-2800,

Tip: Hotel Healdsburg is a green-built property. So make a green entrance to your stay there, by hiring a private limo or Town Car for door-to-door service about town. Pure Luxury Transportation is a leader in environmental responsibility. As members of Green Ride Global™, Pure Luxury has committed to GHG emissions reductions from all areas of the company’s business operations of 20 percent over the next 5 years.

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