Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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The Proper Hotel, Santa Monica

Stepping into The Proper Hotel, you cannot help but notice the curves. With interiors by Kelly Wearstler, this hotel over delivers on modern California cool. Curved archways and pillars greet you in a desert palette that continues.

First introduced in San Francisco, the Santa Monica incarnation opened this year. Taking residence in a Spanish Colonial Revival building designed by Arthur E. Harvey, Wearstler’s signature luxe style is evident throughout – from the rooms to rooftop terrace dining and lobby.

Warm tones are everywhere. Shades of caramel and biscuit are abundant, with an aesthetically perfect pairing of natural wood, textural patterns and luxurious marble.

On the marble in particular, various stoney surfaces appear throughout – charcoal and white in the coffee table of my room, charcoal and warm biege in the bathroom vanity and varying shades of earthy bieges in tiling. Beech timber and light oak make multiple appearances. Those paired with terracotta painting of the character doors and trims and warm patterned wallpapers create interest and a point of difference to the cool luxury of other high end hotels in LA. For someone who didn’t know what they were doing – the mish mash of warm tones could be overwhelming but Weartsler delivers inviting interiors with personality and effortless style.

I could hardly dine elsewhere when I had Calabra and Onda at my fingertips. Calabra was the perfect spot for lunch with an indoor-outdoor rooftop location. The Mezi Plate was delicious with four dips for a grazing lunch as I worked.

Onda’s menu for dinner was divine. I would highly recommend what I had from the menu. The Halibut Tartare was fresh and not too strong on the citrus side with a great kick from thin slices of jalepeno. Grapefruit was a beautiful addition to the night’s meal with Hearts of Palm Ceviche. The Charred Octopus was exactly that; softly charred to perfection. Perfect with a glass of rose in the moody ambience.

Caitlan N

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