Farmers Daughter Hotel, Los Angeles
We were lucky enough to stay recently at the Farmers Daughters Hotel in Los Angeles. The hotel is actually a seedy motel from the sixties, that has been cleverly renovated into a boutique hotel. The design can be described as country kitsch meets LA modern. The location across from CBS Studios and the Farmer’s Market inspiring the design concept.
Apparently the original motel was a notorious haunt for desperate starlets new to the city, hoping to bump into producers. By the mid-’90s, it had fallen on hard times, and was known more as a “no-tell motel” for pimps and prostitutes who rented rooms by the week.
Ellen Picataggio’s parents originally purchased the motel in 1997 as an investment property, and two years later she and her now husband, Peter, began the first of two renovations to cater to a totally different clientele. The property was expanded to 66 rooms with a new lobby, a restaurant called ‘Tart’, and an interior courtyard. A giant quilt pattern unfolds across the courtyard and lobby, playfully unifying the indoor and outdoor spaces. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour secured valet parking and a heated pool. There is a lending library next to the front door and a collection of Dutch bicycles that hotel guests can sign out and tour with.
Custom designs with farm motifs have been created from recycled barn wood, metal egg baskets, and milk glass accessories. These have been quirkily combined with framed needlework, concrete flooring, tin ceilings, archetypal wallpaper, latticed headboards, grain-painted furniture and iconic Adirondack chairs.
If you get it, you’ll love it! I am just hoping my kids didn’t pick up on the tongue in cheek sexual theme!!
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