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Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a historic building has taken on new life as the beautiful Dwell Hotel. With a historic past that harkens back to the Civil War, this sophisticated hotel certainly has a story to tell. Moving from the eras of war, through the roaring 20s, the Civil Rights Era, and now firmly in the 21st century, owner Seija Ojanpera has established a boutique hotel that honors the area's vibrant history. That vibrance is reflected in the design of this 16-room hotel. Ojanpera along with Laurel Creager, Head Buyer, have crafted an interior that is equal parts luxury, elegance and southern comfort.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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The hotel lobby provides a peek of what can be expected in all 16 rooms - a mix of midcentury modern, vintage pieces, retro styling and Hollywood glam. The cool mixture of styles makes this boutique hotel feel like home. In the entry, cool touches like a walnut check-in desk with brass trim stand out as unique features in the space.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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With an eye for great style, the design duo set out to discover pieces from unlikely sources. Items were sourced from estate sales and online sites like eBay and Craigslist. Special finds included midcentury modern pieces like chairs and tables. Here in the reception area, these found pieces bring in a cool retro vibe.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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The mantra for The Dwell, where luxury meets retro, and high class meets high comfort. That maxim speaks in the hotel's design aesthetic, which is a special blend of luxury meets comfort. The hotel has an in-house restaurant, Terra Máe. The place to eat when visiting Chattanooga, the menu celebrates an adventurous spirit. And that sense of adventure is also embraced in the design, with a colorful palette that is striking and oh so inviting. Chairs have been upholstered in smile-inducing yellow, while bench seating is upholstered in dark eggplant. The color palette embraces feel-good style.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Throughout this stunning boutique hotel there are elements that take you back to its earlier years. A carved stone fireplace has been lovingly restored. The pre-war design brings a soulful element into the restaurant.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Yellow and Brick Bedroom
The hotel's sixteen rooms sport cool names. In The Mod, the executive suite sports a king size bed, soaking tub and gas fireplace. The room contains the retro elements that were spotted in the reception area. Yellow drapes highlight the high ceilings. The color also brings a 1970s feel into the space. Vintage brass table lamps complete the look.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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70s Suite Style
In the executive suite, a gas fireplace was placed to keep guests cool in the evenings. The yellow drapes continue the color palette from the bedroom into the living area. Textiles with a pop of orange, and a tangerine painting over the mantel complete the 70s feel.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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White and Brick Bedroom
Each suite has been designed with its own unique identity and color palette. While The Mod suite was all about yellows and oranges, here, the Tropicana Suite embraces cool greens and blues. The room features a midcentury bed, as well as side tables and seating. Vintage art has been incorporated to add warmth and a homey quality to the space. A brick wall remains intact. A great historical touch for the space.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Graphic Wallpaper and Colorful Chairs
Just like in the hotel lobby, Ojanpera and Creager have no fear of color and pattern. A striking plant life wallpaper creates the ultimate statement wall in this room. To keep the vivid color palette going, chairs have been reupholstered in bright yellow. And cushions, in deep, midnight blue complete the colorful look.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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The Palm Springs Suite is an homage to 1950s design. Pink and turquoise wallpaper sets off this room's charming color palette. Tall blue lighting by the bed and a vintage chandelier add ambiance to the space. Over the mantel, a pinup continues the 1950s theme. A pink and blue seating area beside the gas fireplace creates a sweet nook for reading and relaxing.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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This room features something unique. A turquoise desks where guests can work for just a little bit between their vacation play. The bright blue piece is tempered by a modern side chair that has a metallic glow in the light.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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The Dwell Hotel is certainly a space for unique character. A love of wallpaper, pattern, and color finds it way into every space. In this bedroom, blue and white wallpaper adds depth and dimension to create a modern interior.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Room With A View
No matter what room, no matter what space, this posh hotel in Chattanooga is a must-see environment for great design inspiration, and a good night's sleep.