Trixie Motel Malibu Barbara 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 this room I really wanted it to feel like you are at the beach even though in reality you are in the middle of the desert. Trixie and David showed me the color scheme of a vintage Malibu Barbie package for the inspiration. Punchy pastels that had that 80s/90s feel. The ocean inspired glossy blue floors and the giant palm tree & sunset wall mural that we used to create a "view" were the perfect start to making this space feel true to Malibu. I'm getting a lot of questions on these ocean-textured floors! It's the same epoxy process we've used in the other rooms, but this one was treated with an acid that gives it a "metallic" bowling ball texture. I definitely recommend reaching out to an epoxy floor specialist as the process can be tricky. But it's a more affordable way to get a cool floor and they're very durable!
Initially this room was supposed to have 2 bed to accommodate groups of friends staying together, but if we learned anything in this series it's that the city loves to spoil our plans! Because of space/fire ordinances we ended up having to go with one bed in this room. But that left space for a little desk area, credenza, and cute little chair moment. David Silver and I found an amazing vintage hanging chair, but again "safety" spoiled that one haha. Playing it safe and daring design do not go hand-in-hand I guess! But overall this room turned out SO cute and the perfect Malibu Barbie dream room.
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 Malibu inspired room:)
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 AND CREDIT ME @DANIDAZEY
Xx, Dani Dazey, Designer of Trixie Motel
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