Trixie Motel Check- in, Lobby Lounge & Pool 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 :)
FINALE INSIDE SCOOP, DANI DAZEY'S YOUTUBE
Still can't believe the final episode is out and the whole motel is revealed! While it's sad that we have no more Trixie Motel Fridays, it's also really exciting that I can start sharing ALL my content. Because I got A LOT, and the sharing is just getting started. I just published my first episode recap of Trixie Motel on Youtube and starting with the Finale first to keep it fresh. I'll be going through every week starting back at Episode 1 and doing a room recap of each.
The Lobby is my actual favorite room in the motel. It's really a grand room with beautiful details like the large fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The first design I pitched Trixie and David was more art deco and included blue and pink. David pointed out that it felt a little too "gender reveal" (true lol), and it was more Trixie to go all pink in the lobby. We hadn't really messed around with monochrome at this point, so I was down for the challenge. The one piece we knew was going to be in the room from the start was this amazing framed portrait of Trixie. It's mostly pink. but done have some other colors in it that I tried to tie back in with my custom wallpaper design. Otherwise this room is pretty damn pink! Playing with tones helps the monochrome make sense and while it's mostly one color, there's still a flow and highs and lows. I designed a custom banquette with a heart motif that turned out so pretty, but also functional. With brass outlets installed so you can charge your phone or work form the lobby. In the center of the room I tried to create a conversation pit area. I imagined 4 friends staying up late chatting with drinks by the fire. Speaking of drinks, we got the permits and were able to build a bar for the lobby! I had a lot of help from Phillip and our Art Dept producer Gregory Powell in making it a functional commercial kitchen/bar. But we also made it cute with custom tile and wallpaper accents. We really hit that goal of creating Trixie Mattel's Mid Century Modern living room!
More monochrome magic, but with a little mauve thrown in. We originally planned to go all blush here as well. But we weren't able to source the slabs I had in mind with our time crunch, David Rios discovered this really beautiful textured marble in mauve. We all loved it right away and I was determined to tie it in. I painted an arch in a similar color last min, swapped the drapes, added more mauve accents, accents, and we made it work. We also used a custom tile design I got to create since the space was smaller, but we wanted it to be special. I think it's such a happy welcome to the motel and screams Trixie Mattel.
The pool was our problem child all season and all renovation. Lots of back and forth about what to do and how to make it feel colorful and unique. I originally wanted to tile the whole deck and paint a mural in the pool, but I tend to be a little overly ambitious haha. We quickly realized this would be too costly and also illegal, thank you again Palm Springs city code. Apparently you can't paint a commercial pool anything but blue. But we've had to get creative this whole project and not only made it work, but made it marvelous. The painted concrete and rays really stand out and have a high impact. I tied in the pink and white stripe theme over and over through the pool tile lining, umbrellas, and towels. The aerial shots of this new pool deck give me life.
While our journey is over, it meant so much sharing this journey with you. Interacting with our audience has been amazing and brings me joy everyday. The journey is not yet over, because soon people will be experiencing the motel for themselves! I can't wait to see guests enjoying this special place. I think that will be the most fulfilling part of this whole process. I LOVE YOU ALL!
Thank you so much for watching 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 spaces inspired by these designs :)
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 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!