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Our travel plans revolve around good design more than we care to admit. From hotels to restaurants and cafés, design-forward destinations tend to dictate where we'll be spending the bulk of our travel time.  Since we make regular visits to our USA warehouse we've grown familiar with California's most Instagrammable stays and wanted to share our favourite designer-approved hotels.

Even if you're just popping in for cocktails, you'll want to visit these must-sees, when we can travel again, that is. For now we'll make do with this virtual tour. 


The Santa Monica Proper

Designed by one of our L.A. favourites, creative visionary Kelly Wearstler.  Santa Monica Proper is the epitome of California cool. The hotel shows us easy living with an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, rich in colour and material, and proving the importance of shape and form.

The Line

If you’re expecting a view of the Hollywood sign, this is the place. The Line's rooms feature concrete sides, contemporary artworks, and solid glass walls looking straight out to the infamous Hollywood Hills. Beloved for its modern lines and midcentury bones, The Line offers a culturally rich experience in the unique neighborhood of Koreatown. 

Surfrider Malibu

West-coast sensibility is realized in this coastal boutique hotel. The design is inspired by Malibu’s stunning landscape and the beach’s relaxed surf culture. With calming neutrals and soft, lived-in textures, we're heading here for our next laid-back vacation. 


The Avalon Hotel

Another Kelly Wearstler gem tucked in a quiet Beverly Hills neighborhood, this design-forward boutique hotel feels at once glamorous and pared back. The design of the hotel makes a case for colour and pattern play, with soft pinks, serene blues, muted greens and geometric shapes. It’s casual cool and it’s oh so good. Enjoy lazing the day away in their private poolside cabanas, that’s where we’d be. 

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