Trixie Motel Queen of Hearts Room Reveal - Designed by Dani Dazey
This past year I went on the journey of my life as a designer and human being. I was chosen among hundreds of designers to design the Trixie Motel. A 7 bedroom motel in Palm Springs California, purchased by drag icon Trixie Mattel. Not only were we renovating and designing a run down motel, but the whole process was filmed and is now a TV show streaming on Discovery+! I began the designing and pre production on the show started in early 2021, and by fall we were breaking ground in Palm Springs. I lived in a hotel during filming with my fiancè and two dogs for almost 5 months. I was one of the most difficult yet rewarding experiences of my life. And now I finally get to share what we did with you all :)
For the second room of the Trixie Motel went went full force with the theme of "Love" and had a lot of loving helpful hands bring this space to life.
My love of murals of course had to be featured once again but this time we got some extra help from our dear friends Nicholas Scheppard and Jenson Titus who make up the very talented duo known as Very Gay Paint who are not only amazing mural artists but also insanely talented comedians. We also had our good friends over at Mojo Glassworks step in again to create the colorful heart stained glass piece that you see in the bathroom.
Another amazing piece of this room is the original framed artwork by the fabulous drag queen and graphic designer Chorizo May who created art for each room in the motel (so be sure to keep your eye out for it!)
The focal point of this room has to be the hand tufted heart mirror by Tim Eads of Tuft The World that is hanging over the custom heart bed. It brings such a fun element to the room and I am sure it will be a favorite of any guests who stay here.
I hand drew some more custom wallpaper made by Astek Home to match with our custom bed linens and curtains and then continued the heart pattern onto the floor with the fauxrazzo. Now if you saw the show you saw that we ran into a bit of a problem with the floors but let me give you the full story of what went wrong and how we fixed it. For this room we were able to save the the few spots where the epoxy had eaten away at the concrete paint by redoing it and luckily didn't have many problem spots after that. We had used concrete paint and epoxy on Pink Flamingo and it turned out alright luckily too. But after seeing the damage that had happened in this room, we were not willing to roll the dice again, so had to pivot my plans for the other rooms. I was truly mortified and heartbroken when this happened and the design drama on the show is REALLY REAL. You may have seen this epoxy fleck flooring around in places like garages or commercial places, so I knew it was possible! What we learned is you need a special paint made just for epoxy that can withstand the harsh coat. The paint options available are pretty bleak, basically primary colors, but you can get them custom mixed at some places. We just didn't have the time for that. But we came up with an amazing solution for the other floors that you will have to wait and see :)
Be sure to continue to watch the rest of the room reveals on Trixie Motel every Friday on Discovery+. If you are interested in any of the pieces in this room I have included links at the bottom of this page to the same (or similar) items so you can create your own room of hearts fit for a queen!
Also everything you see me wear here and in the show is hand drawn and designed by me for my brand Dazey LA. AKA the website you're on right now! All sustainably and ethically made right here in Los Angeles. Clothing design has been my main thing for the past 12 years and I started Dazey LA 6 years ago and have been bootstrapping it since. They didn't really highlight that on the show yet and I've been getting a ton of questions, so I gotta promote it myself ;) You can shop these styles and support our small business right here.
Feel free to share and repin these photos of the Trixie Motel. All photos are owned and taken by Dani Dazey, you can credit her @danidazdey. Thank you!
FULL SOURCE LIST AND LINKS AT THE END OF THE POST! FEEL FREE TO SHARE AND PIN ALL THESE IMAGES ANS CREDIT ME @DANIDAZEY
Xx, Dani Dazey, Designer of Trixie Motel
Resources & Links
Paint Colors by Dunn Edwards - Fruit Punch, Plumb Corsage, Yams