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Designer Hotels

Forget those hum-ho hotels. Take a behind the scenes look at the nation's top designer hotels. Browse photos, take tours of recently designed hotels and meet the design teams behind them. Plus, our expert editors will show you how to get the look at home.

Mark it in your iCal: The Epiphany Hotel is slated for a March 2014 opening and is poised to infuse imagination, innovation, and fun into the Silicon Valley start-up scene.

Avi Brosh is the design-inclined mastermind behind Palihouse Holloway, an only-in-LA urban lodge that offers exquisitely designed lofts and one- and two-bedroom suites. Take a peek at his latest project! 

The new, more affordable and sustainable modern prefab homes from Santa Monica-based developer, LivingHomes, have been unveiled. Debuting at Modernism Week, the LivingHome C6 is the first zero energy, zero carbon and LEED Platinum Level production home.

Okay, we'll admit it. We're suckers for chic hotels with sexy furnishings (see: here, here and here). So it should be no surprise that the second we got to take a gander at San Francisco's recently revamped Hotel Diva we were immediately smitten.

This may still be a couple of years off, but it's looking more and more likely thata hotel will finally rise on the corner of Selma and Cahuenga Boulevards.

Brooklyn-based artists KAWS, who began as a graffiti artist and moved into toys, sculpture and clothing, can now add product designer to his resume.

Santa Monica is about to get an eco-friendly hotel option for travelers who want a little sustainable design with their sun, surf and sand. Owned by the Farzam family and designed by architecture firm Gensler, the Shore Hotel is scheduled to begin accepting reservations for October.

There seems to be a lot of recent hotel activity in L.A. lately especially in the more chi-chi parts of town. Last week, Hotel Maison 140 debuted its new red-hued interiors. The Hotel Bel-Air announced its two-year renovation by the Rockwell Group and Alexandra Champalimaud will be completed in October (don't worry, they haven't abandoned the signature "Bel Air Pink" or the swans). And yesterday, the Cipriani family of Harry's Bar fame in Venice opened its first hotel in Beverly Hills.

Way back in July 2009 Beverly Hills hotel Maison 140, like all 90210 matrons of a certain age, decided it needed a little, um, "freshening." The renovation was supposed to be completed by December of that year, but Kor Group's interior designer, Kelly Wearstler, has been pretty busy lately. So renovations took longer than expected but are finally complete. 

  We have just crowned the next winner in our monthly online feature: Design Democracy. Hundreds of votes were cast for the 12 tropical getaways nominated as the best escape for Californians,