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In 2009, The Little Nell underwent its first major renovation since opening 20 years ago. World-renowned interior designer Holly Hunt (whose clients include Brad Pitt and Ellen DeGeneres) spearheaded the makeover; she calls the iconic hotel’s design style "Aspen modern," an aesthetic that combines the city's roots (indigenous materials like stone, iron and wood are prominent) with a luxurious, modern feel. (The hotel’s owners didn’t want typical mountain decor like logs and antlers). The Little Nell’s colors — blue, chocolate brown and earthy neutrals — are inspired by Colorado’s scenery and natural beauty. A particular highlight: the original artwork, by artists including painter Caio Fonseca and photographer Michael Eastman, commissioned by the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel and featured in every room.
As a nod to the “Aspen Idea” and to the city’s roots, internationally-renowned residential designer Holly Hunt has recreated our boutique hotel accommodations to offer guests the highest level of comfort away from home. The Little Nell’s modern “Aspen Aesthetic” design exhibits touches of classic Aspen with warm tones and a residential feel. The aesthetic is geometric and sculptural, in palettes of cream, blue and chocolate. The textured fabrics, walnut tables, wide leather chairs, velvet wrapped banquets, closet “barn doors” and stone-clad gas-burning fireplaces add to the feeling of comfort and elegance. Modern artists with classical foundations were selected to complement the design and unique attributes of each room.