One of the many joys of owning a store that has personality is getting to be some small part of projects happening in the world of design. We love getting to contribute a little of our “Potted Style” but then we often don’t get to see the end results. So a month ago when a customer emailed me the photo below and asked if he could purchase these same containers from us, a little light bulb went off in my head — The Hotel Lautner. I totally remember when they bought all that. Wow. I should go there.
John Lautner built the Desert Hot Springs Motel in 1947 with the idea of creating more of the interlocking structures as alternative desert getaways. Unfortunately a fire burned down the pool structure and the project seemed to be abandoned.
The property fell through different owners and different degrees of “remodeling” and over the years lost its edge.
Until it was purchased in 2010 by Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge.
Beckmann, a collaborator of Kelly Wearstler and one of the designers on the Avalon Hotel, has given the revamped hotel (hotel just sounds better than motel, don’t you think?) a meticulous overhaul. Her years in the design industry have given her an eye for detail that leaves nothing to chance in this amazing getaway experience.
We arrived at Sunset and were enchanted to find this little Lautner fairytale world awaiting us.
It was a bit windy the two days we stayed, so we didn’t get to use the outdoor facilities as much as we would have liked, but I would love to come back here with a group of people, rent all four rooms and just never leave (I guess a group of architects had done just that right before us…apparently they’re big partiers. Who knew?)
I would have to say, besides the gorgeous gardens they’ve planted and the wonderful restoring they’ve done on this significant site, what I love most about what Tracy and Ryan have brought to the Lautner is sexiness. I’m not kidding, I totally felt Dean Martin was gonna walk in and have a drink with me while I was staying there.
And if you do feel like you just have to get out of the hotel, there is always that little park that’s only a half hour away.
And if Nature isn’t your thing, Palm Springs is only 15 minutes in the other direction where I highly recommend going to eat at Workshop Kitchen & Bar where they have a whole patio of Bend chairs with custom cement tables and food to die for.
The Hotel Lautner. A perfect adult getaway wether you’re a Lautner enthusiast or just plain love staying somewhere that gives a damn about your experience. I will be going back.
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