Cypress Inn

Cypress Inn, design by Gardner & Associates

Project Description

“The iconic 1929 historic landmark, co-owned by legendary Hollywood actor Doris Day, debuts a Glam-Meets-Morocco interior renovation perfectly cast to its Mediterranean footprint. Known as one of the West Coast’s top Hollywood hideaways and pioneer in pet friendly travel, the Inn steps up with a crisp, contemporary interior awash with elegance and simplicity.” ~ PR News Wire

Visit the Cypress Inn website.

Project Details

Client: Historic Inn

Skills: Design, Lighting, Furniture, Art

About the Cypress Inn Project

We were inspired by the Inn’s fluid architecture and Spanish Colonial flair to create a residential-style interior design of all 44 guest rooms and suites, including the coveted Queen Tower with its triad of impeccable views. The new style mixed Hollywood glam with Spanish-Moroccan overtones in a fresh spiced-tone palette of paprika, ginger and clove. Suites were offset with silver and copper overtones. From the ornate hotel facade to the arched walkways, hand-crafted tile and wrought iron embellishments, Cypress Inn’s renovation delivered a seamless transition from guest check in to check out.

Local artisans were tapped to integrate the new design which includes two distinct guest room palettes. Textured fabrics, sunken tubs, in-room fireplaces and custom wrought iron guest beds round out the suites, which are set in cooler tones of camel and silver with alder wood furnishings. Guest rooms showcase custom Moroccan-inspired window treatments, Casablanca shutters and deluxe shades as well as mosaic tiles, limestone bathrooms, contemporary calf-skin studded chairs and alabaster Moroccan-themed lanterns. Matching pillows and bed scarves are designed by Robert Allen.

The Queen Tower — the Inn’s most requested guest room with an ‘altitude’ — also boasts hand-painted tiles designed by architect Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame.

Artwork runs the gamut from a series of original mixed media set in 14 kt., gold leaf, sea green, and terra cotta by local artist Rebecca Koury to sepia-toned photography depicting vignettes of old Spanish churches and haciendas by Carmel’s Kenneth Gregg. An additional focal point is the lavish silver and copper-toned IKAT wall treatment behind the suite’s guest bed.

Focused on Fido, the renovation was carried throughout with custom-designed dog blankets and accoutrements in commercial-grade fabrics. iPod docking stations rounded out the upgrades along with a daily breakfast, nightly turn down service, filtered water, fresh florals, Gilchrist & Soames amenities, flat screen televisions, and complimentary WiFi.

Selected Photographs

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Designer Notes

As a designer, this was an incredible project – being able to design and coordinate throughout the inn. Plus, it’s not often that we are asked to include ‘doggy design’ concepts, especially in a commercial project. Being able to tap into the rich history of this property and give it’s eccentric history a modern flair was both challenging and incredibly rewarding.
~ Julie Gardner