CLEARWATER BEACH

Custom Art Project : : Clearwater Beach Map

Vibrant and Fun Watercolors Meets Functional Artwork

Being the resident artist here at LGD gives me some pretty cool opportunities with clients, most recently one of those being for the newly designed Hotel Cabana on Clearwater Beach. LGD did an incredible job exuding a modern, coastal but still minimalistic feel of relaxation throughout the design, much of which parallels my own artistic style in my coastal watercolor artwork.

When the owner commissioned me to create a 3' x 4' map to hang in their entry way for every guest to see, I was beyond excited! Custom maps have really become a passion project of mine, and a way to more deeply explore the design and architecture of different buildings in structures throughout Florida. Aside from these maps becoming a gorgeous piece of 100% custom artwork, they also serve a functional purpose - helping guests navigate their way around a new city or area, all while viewing beautiful illustrations.

Work in Progress of the popular "Pearly's Beach Eats" building on Clearwater Beach.

Work in Progress of the popular "Pearly's Beach Eats" building on Clearwater Beach.

Works in progress of: The Bait House, Clear Sky Cafe, Frenchie's Original Cafe, Clearwater Ferry and Palm Pavilion. Each piece of architecture that is included in custom maps is first hand painted as a full scale painting and then layered on top of a hand painted background, digitally.

Works in progress of: The Bait House, Clear Sky Cafe, Frenchie's Original Cafe, Clearwater Ferry and Palm Pavilion. Each piece of architecture that is included in custom maps is first hand painted as a full scale painting and then layered on top of a hand painted background, digitally.

Works in Progress: Hyatt Regency and Opal Sand Resort on Clearwater Beach.

Works in Progress: Hyatt Regency and Opal Sand Resort on Clearwater Beach.

The final product!

The final product!

We're SO excited to see this hung in Hotel Cabana, let us know if you stop by and see it too! Until next time...

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DESIGN PROJECT:: HOTEL CABANA CLEARWATER BEACH

Earlier in the year, we wrapped up this boutique hotel on Clearwater Beach. This project is a special one, as I have always hoped to be able to cross a hotel project off of my interior design bucket list, so with lots of excitement, I am eager to reveal the before and after of this lovely property! 

Hotel Cabana Clearwater Beach, formally known as North Sunrise Motel, really undertook some major facelifts to get to where she is today. This 1950's gem was really in need of some streamlining and polishing. Quite a bit of elbow grease went into this beauty. 

When we were called on the scene the property was adorned with trinkets, overgrown landscaping, dated color palettes and and less than inspiring rooms. 

The new owners wanted to create a casual coastal laid back vibe, without being overly coastal and keeping it modern and up to date with clean lines and simplicity. 

So we got to work, planning out the schematics and getting our design juices flowing! 

The existing conditions of the property... 

The existing conditions of the property... 

Our inspiration hand rendering of how we invisioned the property to transform...

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The updated facade of the property...

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The interiors of the spaces were teeny tiny. We had to work a lot with every square inch we could find to maximize the space as much as possible. Because this 1950's gem had some limitations we had to compromise in some areas like you do with many renovations, but overall we achieved the goal the new owners hoped for. 

Here are some images of the existing interiors when we were called onto the project:

We updated the spaces with new flooring, tile and gave the kitchenettes a facelift. The furniture was a bit more minimal and streamlined. We kept the color palette pretty neutral and airy with pops of color and vintage photography. 

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Here are a few images of the exterior before:

With the exterior we simplified the property, took out a lot of overgrown landscaping, changed the color palette to white, pale aqua and pink and added some eye catching outdoor furniture in different areas. Creating a relaxing environment with a little pizzaz. 

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All-in-all, we are pretty excited about how this transformation turned out and hope you agree! We hope that you find all of our hard work paid off and you enjoy a lovely stay at Hotel Cabana Clearwater Beach!