On a recent roadtrip to the central coast of California we visited a couple of the motels from the very clever group, Shelter Social Club.
First stop was Los Alamos to The Alamo Motel. An amazing refurb of a 1940/50’s motel, using Georgia O’Keefe as a muse. Through a paint schedule of black & white, rough sewn cladding of doors, uber-cool lighting & great branding they have turned a drab run down daggy motel into a fun, vibrant, must-see place to hang out & stay.
The rooms are thoughtful & simple with witty high&low design choices; plywood floors, claw-footed bathtubs (rooms 9&18), terracotta floors with black grout and spot-on lighting & fun service details.
At the centre of the U shape master plan is a communal fire pit with festoon lighting (always says a party), swings, a tasting shed for their labeled wine, Municipal, which sits in the middle and invites guests & locals to shoot the breeze during a tasting or just a glass.
What could be thought of as a sleepy town is most definitely not!
Its a one road town with the best food around; an authentic, local stop with serious foodies at the helm
Bob’s Well Bread Bakery for breakfast
Bell St Farm for lunch
Pico at the General Store
Flatbread for dinner
And for drinks & pool try the saloon at 1880 Union Hotel
After a hectic 2 weeks working in the arctic conditions of NYC, some much needed R&R found me in Palm Springs.
Many years ago I photographed Jonathan Adler for Marie Claire Lifestyle & became a fan. He is true to his personal style & sense of fun and this is fantastically translated into Le Parker, Palm Springs!
Parker is essentially a thematic wonderland where all things kitsch are styled into cool. Tucked in the midst of outlandish Palm Springs, it is fun and frivolity with a lemon twist of humour. Butterfly chairs circle a fire pit that roars of an evening and a floating fireplace takes centre stage amongst the winding maze of gardens amongst pools and croquet lawns. The wonderland props are placed to discover, with giant doors propped between the hedges, outdoor chess and hammocks for two suspended between palms.
This is a place where the manicured lawns catch daily 5 o’clock shadow and a walk through the grounds stirs a rosemary and citrus scent. This is the wacky, wacky world of Jonathon vignettes reminiscent of a film set, yellow and white striped chairs at the lemonade bar with a spot of boules, where dogs outnumber babies and there are lots of nooks and crannies to find and hide.
An imaginarium corner terrace in the heart of leafy Paddington close to Bondi&surrounding beaches, eastern distributor, SCG, city, airport.
A quiet oasis offering the curious pilgrim a treasure trove of curiosities, curated with art, Australia artisan products & furniture and a vast reference library. It consists of a spacious light & leafy master bedroom, dining room for 10, kitchen, courtyard, single/dressing room, annexe & bathroom and the use of a grey Tokyo bike – all lovingly restored & renovated by Sibella Court.
The Society inc terrace is available now for guests, parties, photo shoots & events
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& visit https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/4549682 to book your stay.
Hotel Hotel is the latest greatest thing that has happened to Canberra. I was invited down for the weekend to check it out & wasn’t disappointed.
The staircase by March Design looks like a timber yard snap frozen with incredible cross sections making up the rises of the steps. Throughout the active lobby there is a nod to vintage educational tools: a mix of concrete pickup sticks, giant structures that mimic the paddle pop stick buildings you made as a child, & detailed with quisinaire-esque stained dining tables. The foyer is the hub of this project & it is all about finding your decorative background.
Each nook & cranny is textured considered & a little bit of mix and match but with a designer eye. I loved the raw & honest materials mixed with the fun frivolity from the beldi covered stools to the stack of metal suitcases.
In the rooms it is about the highs with the lows: chip-board clad walls with beautiful cast brass hardware, and the unique marble tops in the bathrooms that sit comfortably with faux wood tiles. But what I loved most was that its about the attention to detail: the ombre dip dyed velvet pillows, the solid light features with lovely mechanics that click in all the right ways, even down to the glasses & water that are in the room.
Thanks for having us!
The Stylists Guide to Adelaide
Poets Ode is in the foothills of adelaide, in postcard perfect, Hanhdorf.
I had the luck to squeeze in a visit (about 45 mins from airport) during a work trip.
The gorgeous owners, Alia & Scout have stripped back on old shop & embraced its raw humble self. With a series of higgle piggle rooms, all sunfilled coming through the blown glass windows. Take note of the display pieces, found locally but oh-so European.
The shop is layers of muted tones: whites ,creams, caramels and sells cool stuff from all over the world.
as well as having art showings. The artworks were round & detailed in copper, the velvet pillows were just the right mushy, the throws were striped or plain & edged in pom poms and a tea room is opening soon!
I loved everything and went away with an olive oil pourer, a cotton baby hat, a silk wool baby hat, a amulet necklace and a needle made from a thorn
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100b main St Hahndorf, South Australia