Copy of California Dreaming- Spanish Colonial Hotel Chic

Who hasn't wanted to magic their bedroom into a sumptuous hotel room! Crisp pressed linen, an oversized headboard, luxurious, full length curtains...champagne on ice and a sea view. 

The summer holidays are nearly over but in the spirit of extending that holiday feeling I've creating a delicious look to inspire you based on the visual feat that is the Casa Luna Bungal hotel in California. 

CASA LUNA BUNGAL- LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Martyn Lawrence Bullard put a globally-inspired stamp on the revamp of Casa Laguna. The 23-room boutique hotel consists of several Spanish Colonial style buildings dating back to the 1900s in Laguna Beach California, overlooking the Pacific just a few blocks from the beach. Bullard brought in lots of blue to echo the sea while keeping the deep reds and terracotta tiles of the original buildings. The design is filled with Moroccan design details like Moorish tiles and ceramics as well as Bullard’s own line of fabrics inspired by the patterns of the region.

THE CONCEPT

GET THE LOOK

1. Blue leather tufted headboard

US online retailer Gilt now ships to the UK opening up a plethora of possibilities, including this lovely look-a-like in smart navy leather and nailhead trim.

2. Star Pendant

Hector Finch's striking star pendant features no less than 60 shiny clear glass facets making it a real statement piece. It's finished in an elegant polished unlacquered brass with fine capped corners making it perfect for a sophisticated, global bedroom.

3. Bed Panel

Recreate the stunning bed panel with Martyn Bullard's Shambala fabric which was inspired by his trip to Bali where he shopped the colourful stores of Ubud and found a timeworn fragment of batik cloth which he fused with a design rooted in homage to the Alhambra. Available through Derring Hall.

4. Metallic Bedside Lamp

Ok, so the gold's rosier but this lamp by Barker & Stonehouse is such a steal that it's sold out online and only available in store.  

THE NED- RECREATING THE LANDMARK'S OLD SCHOOL CHARM

The Ned is the place to be in London right now. It's got that Soho House buzz that Nick Jones has a magic for creating. A killer combination of decadence and breezy laissez-faire, it's a setting where despite the grandeur one feels it would be rude not to let one's hair down!

In the spirit of Lutyens era loveliness I've created a beguiling Ned influenced look to inspire you to add a bit of Edwardian meets deco charm to your home. Read down for my tips and a special deal for stays booked at the hotel over the summer.

AND SO TO BED...

UPHOLSTERY FABRIC

The bedrooms feature an array of sumptuous fabrics in autumnal colours, including a few sensuous Art Nouveau prints.

To recreate the look, you could try R. Beauclair's  iconic Ianthe linen, designed in approximately 1900 and still as lovely as ever. Ianthe is Greek for purple or violet flowers, suggesting that the flowers in the design may have originally been drawn from violets.

£75 per metre- Liberty London

£75 per metre- Liberty London

If you wish something even more sumptuous, you could try Liberty's Shand Voyage in velvet. The print was inspired by a hand-painted shawl from The Liberty Archive, originally created in the mid-19th Century when paisley production increased in the UK and France, to meet the demand for all things oriental.

Shand Voyage was inspired by the 'Secret Garden' and was designed to represent Mary's journey across the ocean, from India to Yorkshire. Adorned with wild ferns and leaves, concealing a beautiful paisley, it symbolises the secret door behind which Mary discovers the Secret Garden.

£120 per metre- Liberty London

£120 per metre- Liberty London

COCKTAIL HOUR..."What one needs is some kind of a party that starts at half-past five"

What better way to usher in the evening than to mix a cocktail and recline on a plump velvet sofa, before heading to supper? It's those little rituals of a bygone time that are mostly forgotten and usually only revived when we spend a weekend away, that make life that much more enjoyable. To introduce a bit of Gatsby era sophistication to your home a proper cocktail cabinet, as opposed to a bar cart, is the connoisseur's choice...and so much more room for all of those delicious libations!

COCKTAIL CABINETS

For serious deco enthusiasts it would be hard not go all weak at the knees over this 1930s Odeon Cabinet with its Rubenesque curves and contrasting walnut veneers.

£1,350- 1st Dibs

£1,350- 1st Dibs

If space is a problem but deep pockets are not, then Linley's bijou cocktail box would be a small but perfectly formed additional to any city pied a terre or bachelor pad. Handcrafted in dyed charcoal veneers of rippled sycamore and highlighted with mother of pearl dots its craftsmanship speaks for itself and would be certain to encourage decadent afternoons sipping pre-pranials!

£16,000- Linley

£16,000- Linley

BATHING BEAUTY

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And after you've been fed and watered, where better to see to your evening ablutions than reclining in a gigantic tub full of scented bath oil? If space permits, a comfy slipper chair and oriental rug invite perching so you can be read a bedtime story before lights out.

FREE STANDING BATHS

Drummonds cast iron Bute bath has a very similar look with a hand-finished steel skirt wrapped around it that can be custom finished in a kaleidoscope of colours. A little more masculine in shape compared to the traditional claw footed, roll top bath, it has a striking simplicity that would look equally at home in a more contemporary bathroom.

£4,985 (exc. VAT)- Drummonds

£4,985 (exc. VAT)- Drummonds

For the ultimate Edwardian bathing experience, Catchpole & Rye's copper bateau harks back to a time when one bathed in front of fires and copper baths had to be light, so that they could be easily carried from room to room. Available in a 2m length, it's large enough for two making it ideal for a romantic ensuite. And for those who are blessed with long limbs, there's the option to have an even roomier bespoke bateau made to fit your proportions. 

£5,000 (exc. VAT)- Catchpole & Rye

£5,000 (exc. VAT)- Catchpole & Rye

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

If you quite fancy all of this but don't wish to commit to giving your home The Ned treatment just yet, get in touch for a special rate and gift for any stays booked at the hotel this summer.

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Love,

xAx