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.
The 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. The 121 guest rooms feature four separate designs with monochromatic bases and pops of jewel tones and studded leather.
“It’s the way I see the future of Santa Barbara,” Bullard says. “Honoring the past yet moving stylishly into the 21st century with passion and pride.”
Source: Elle Decor*
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