Discover The Boutique Hotel Californian in The Heart of Santa Barbara

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On account of the stylish resourcefulness of British-born, Los Angeles– based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, a 1925 Southern California hotel has been reawakened as a luxury 21st-century urban withdraw. Downtown Santa Barbara’s Boutique Hotel Californian initially opened just days before a monstrous seismic tremor devastated vast swathes of the city, a significant part of the new building included. Along these lines modified, the hotel delighted in a special first night time frame and after that a prime until the 1950s, when this neighborhood dropped out of support and started to decrease.

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The area, known as the Funk Zone, progressed toward becoming something of a specialists’ enclave. Over the previous decade or somewhere in the vicinity, it changed into a well known, dynamic area loaded with eateries, bars and shops, and enthusiasm for the hotel’s site revived. Presently, following a six-year redevelopment, the property has risen as a 121-guest room withdraw, recently made yet for the saved veneer, imagined in the district’s mark Spanish Colonial style.

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For the rooms, suites and different spaces and courtesies — including a housetop pool and patio, a dance hall, a gourmet bread shop and bistro and a Mediterranean eatery helmed by an alum of Napa’s French Laundry — Bullard hand crafted almost every component. Utilizing the area’s nearby vernacular engineering as a bouncing off point, he made an adaptation of Spanish Colonial that draws intensely from North Africa, swinging toward the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula and its obvious Moorish impacts. These he joined with highlight decorations of an Italian mid-century-present day style, some of them genuine vintage pieces, others designed by him in tribute to the period.

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For the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, Blackbird — overseen by a former chef de partie at Napa’s French Laundry — Bullard designed custom pieces inspired by mid-century Italian furniture. He borrowed the look of the merlot-colored seats from Giò Ponti armchairs created in 1950 for the Italian cruise ship the Augustus.

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In another part of the light-filled lobby, Bullard paired a mid-century modern sofa from Lawson-Fenning with an Arteriors table and Moorish mirrors from his own MLB Atelier.

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Bullard says he based the hotel’s palette “on bold black and white contrasts,” with pops of particular colors, including the eggplant purple seen in this guest room. The wall sconces are a custom creation by the designer for Corbett Lighting.

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The hotel’s rooftop pool and terrace afford views that Bullard says are “unsurpassed in Santa Barbara” of the beach, the ocean, the hills and the rest of the area, including the city’s mission and surrounding vineyards.

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The hotel’s rooftop pool and terrace afford views that Bullard says are “unsurpassed in Santa Barbara” of the beach, the ocean, the hills and the rest of the area, including the city’s mission and surrounding vineyards.

Source: 1stdibs / All images by Douglas Friedman

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