Elle Decor Shows Martyn Lawrence Bullard Project at Hotel Californian – The glamour-forward designer revives a storied Santa Barbara playground with Moroccan tiles and $4,000 shower heads.
The 1925 Spanish Colonial hotel is fresh off an eight-year overhaul that rendered its interiors unrecognizable—in a delightful way. Celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard used the city’s architectural influence as groundwork, then broke the mold with Moroccan and Moorish designs and Art Deco furnishings.
The end result is a glam, velvet-swathed playground that looks at points more Hollywood than Santa Barbara. “I wanted to shake up the traditional palette so often seen in the area or at beach resorts, creating a more memorable experience and ambiance,” said Bullard, who has designed homes for Kylie Jenner and multiple Kardashians.
Whereas other beach hotels might feature a swell of rattan pieces, sea-blue art, and white linens, Hotel Californian favors graphic wallpapers, gold snake sconces, and emerald green club chairs. Bullard said he looked to the great hotels by Gio Ponti in 1950s, where the Italian architect invigorated period buildings with custom modern furniture.
Like Ponti’s designs, Bullard tempered a mix of mid-century shaped furnishings with Moroccan accessories and quirky Portuguese antiques. “The balance that seems odd at first really works in bridging the architectural style of the hotel and surrounding historic area with a breath of fresh air,” he said.
The 121 guest rooms feature four separate designs with monochromatic bases and pops of jewel tones and studded leather. The variety “stirs the emotions and attaches to your memory,” said Bullard, the way a “good hotel and vacation should.”
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Source: Elle Decor