Martyn Lawrence Bullard is considered to be one of the best interior designers due to his unique design approach to each project. Recently presented his latest stunning and luxury project at Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara.
“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.”
The 1925 Spanish Colonial hotel is fresh off an eight-year overhaul that rendered its interiors unrecognizable in a delightful way. As he does on most of his projects, Bullard paid close attention to the surroundings of the project and used Santa Barbara’s architectural influence as groundwork and as a powerful influence to this project, but he decided to mix this lovely inspiration with Moroccan and Moorish designs and Art Deco furnishings. The end result is opulent, elegant and stunning!
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. This opulent look is noticeable, for instance, in the amazing hall and the power bar of the hotel!
At several divisions of this hotel design, Bullard tempered a mix of mid-century shaped furnishings with Moroccan accessories and quirky Portuguese antiques. The 121 guestrooms 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.”