“Let the play you love, be the work you do” perfectly sums up designer, Paula Oblen’s personal journey and approach to life, work and play. A mid-western turned California girl (and entrepreneur at heart), she avoids the rules, believes comfort and style co-exist, always sprinkles in the unexpected…and makes sure to keep a sense of humor close by.

Her philosophy is simple; she believes engagement and emotional connection are the foundation of what she refers to as ‘experiential design’. She’s often quoted saying; “I’d rather create an experience than design a space. Life is short, experiences are more fun”.

It’s no secret, Paula’s passion of infusing boutique hotel design and experiences into both commercial and residential projects has become her signature approach. It’s this passion that fueled the idea for her company; Hotelements, launched in 2010. Always growing and reinventing, Hotelements, (her trademarked name), will soon be a signature ‘lifestyle’ collection of home furnishings—inspired by her passion for a boutique hotel-inspired lifestyle.

Paula is also the Orange County Director of Special Spaces, Inc. A national non-profit that creates dream bedrooms for children battling a life-threatening illness.

Paula lives in San Clemente, CA, married to Steve and Mom to their son Chase.