Design world cool-girl Kelly Wearstler is appropriately behind Santa Monica Proper, a boutique hotel seeking to emulate California cool. This West Coast outpost is the latest in the Proper Hotels family, from Viceroy Hotel Group founders Brian De Lowe, Alex Samek, and Wearstler’s husband Brad Korzen.
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Kelly Wearstler took lead from classic Santa Monica history, both visual and cultural, throughout the hotel that enhances a very modern design. Striking objects dot the public spaces, a result of custom collaborations with L.A artisans for original artworks and monolithic installations, including Ben Medansky, Morgan Peck, Tanya Aguiniga, Len Klikunas, and Bradley Duncan.
An assemblage of both new and vintage pieces add to the layered aesthetic and sense of the unexpected. In this boutique hotel, interior designer, Kelly Wearstler’s signature flair for eclectic materials and textures are restrained within a neutral palette.
Private spaces relate to Santa Monica’s iconic coastal lifestyle and unique design, featuring a multifaceted mix of organic tones and textures. 271 rooms are split across two separate wings, one contemporary and the other more retro, set within the original Spanish Mission building.
In the retro wing of this luxury hotel, Kelly Wearstler plays up the throwback aspect with floral wallpaper, deco lights, and peach skirting. The contemporary wing is more, well, contemporary, some with exposed concrete walls, easel-mounted flatscreens, and sculptural mid-century furniture.
Images courtesy of Kelly Wearstler. Photography by The Ingalls.