W Hotel’s pool-to-rink holiday cabana makeover


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Event planner Chad Hudson and associates transformed the W Hotel pool deck in Westwood into a winter retreat. The story behind the look is the latest installment of Pro Portfolio, our Monday feature that looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated spaces with commentary from the designers.

Project: Transform a pool deck into Chill, a sophisticated holiday center with ice skating rink and rink-side cabanas.


Location: W Los Angeles, Westwood.

Designer: Chad Hudson, Chad Hudson Events.

Designer’s statement: We wanted to make a dramatic change from previous years and avoid that “winter wonderland” look. In other words, create something that was festive but not traditional.

Working off of a look the W had used in the past with lots of purple and white, we created a holiday look with a twist. For the cabanas we chose lots of geometric shapes and patterns. We re-covered the couches, ottomans and pillows in bold textiles from Michael Levine -- an inexpensive solution. Because we were working with Z Gallerie, we accessorized with the store’s mirrors, chandeliers and other accent pieces.

To create a more elegant feel, we added blues, silvers, earth tones and different types of greens in addition to the hotel’s signature purple. The transformation took three days. First we did the lighting. We followed with fabric, and then we added the accent pieces.

To look inside the cabanas, keep reading ...

The pool and cabanas before.

After: The back panels of the cabanas were removed and covered with stretched geometric patterned fabric from Michael Levine. Blue, silver and earth tones give the cabana a modern twist.


We tried to use things the W already had and just change the colors and fabric. The geometric patterns tie the cabanas together though the details in each one are different.

Purple hues give this cabana a sophisticated winter look.

Because we were working with Z Gallerie, we wanted to use their unusual items, such as this chandelier. Floral fabric on the ceiling adds to the sense of fun.

The ice skating rink and holiday decor are reflected in the mirror.

Light blue velvet and geometric earth tones create an unexpected holiday palette.


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-- Compiled by Lisa Boone

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