Boutique Design - September 2017 - 10
firm. However, its growth has allowed
me to move up the career ladder to
studio design director.
WHAT MAJOR CHANGES HAVE
YOU SEEN IN THE DESIGN FIELD
SINCE JOINING THE B18?
Everyone is more cautious of
spending money, so the designs
and material selections are more
important and detail-orientated.
HOW DID BECOMING PART OF THE
B18 IMPACT YOUR CAREER?
CLASS OF 2007
THEN: Duncan Miller Ullmann (DMU), interior designer, Dallas
NOW: Duncan Miller Ullmann (DMU), studio design director, Dallas
WHAT'S HAPPENED IN YOUR CAREER SINCE BEING NAMED TO THE B18?
I haven't strayed far. Besides moving desks a few times, I'm still with the same
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
An independent, family-owned and -operated hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
It's a major renovation that will include 1,200 guest rooms and will be
finished by 2020. We're also about to complete the Hotel ZaZa Memorial City
in Houston (shown).
WYOMING MOTEL GETS MODERN MAKEOVER
In America's pre-freeway days, motels were popular lodging options.
However, the rise of the Interstate during the 1950s and '60s helped to eventually send the concept into decline.
But there's still some life left in the motor-inn model, as long as it undergoes a strategic repositioning that reflects the tastes of 21st century guests.
Case in point: the former Painted Buffalo Inn in Jackson, Wyoming.
That 135-key property recently reopened as the Mountain Modern Inn, and
sports an updated look orchestrated by TruexCullins Architecture + Interior
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Design of Burlington, Vermont. The design team's underlying
goal was to create a destination that caters to adventure travelers by reflecting the Wild West spirit of its locale.
That approach is on display in the guest rooms, which
are inspired by the tiny-homes movement, with custombuilt shelving units for outdoor gear and plentiful counter
space for emptying the contents of backpacks and cleaning
coolers. Buffalo-plaid blankets, leather chairs and natural
wood furnishings help create a rustic feel, while landscape
photography and oversize trail maps serve as wallcoverings,
evoking the natural features of the surrounding Grand
The motel's public spaces were also reconfigured to
provide more shared and communal spaces than was traditionally found in a typical motel. An integrated food &
beverage lounge area in the lobby encourages interaction, as
do outdoor fire pits and seating areas.
The result, says Kim Deetjen, TruexCullins' lead interior
designer on the project, is a motel that provides "a comfortable base camp for
all of its guests' adventures. It fosters a real sense of place and celebrates the
natural beauty that Jackson is known for."
To further expand on that base-camp concept, Deetjen says every décor
element in the lobby serves a functional purpose. Shelves are populated with
outdoor gear available for guests to rent on a daily basis, from backpacks and
coolers in the summer to ski poles and snowshoes in the winter. "The lobby is
essentially an outdoor gear outfitter for guests," she says.
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It was very humbling, while also
giving me a boost of confidence. It's also served as an ongoing reminder to do
my very best with every project. It was great to be noticed, and I'm thankful
for that recognition.