Julie Gardner renovates Cypress Inn

Cypress Inn, located in California’s Carmel Beach, reopened with the 1929 historic landmark co-owned by Hollywood actor Doris Day, said to debut a “glam-meets-Morocco” interior.

Inspired by the Cypress Inn's Spanish Colonial flair, Carmel-based designer Julie Gardner of Jan Gardner & Associates put her vision into play with a residential-style interior design of all 44 guestrooms and suites, including the Queen Tower.

The new style fuses Hollywood glam with Spanish-Moroccan overtones in a palette of paprika, ginger and clove. Suites are offset with silver and copper overtones. From the hotel facade to the walkways, hand-crafted tile and wrought iron embellishments, Cypress Inn's new renovation delivers a transition from guest check in to check out.


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Local artisans were tapped to integrate the new design that includes two guestroom palettes. Textured fabrics, sunken tubs, in-room fireplaces and custom wrought iron guest beds round out the suites, which are set in tones of camel and silver with alder wood furnishings. Guestrooms showcase custom Moroccan-inspired window treatments, Casablanca shutters and shades as well as mosaic tiles, limestone bathrooms, calf-skin studded chairs and Moroccan-themed lanterns. Matching pillows and bed scarves are designed by Robert Allen. The Queen Tower also has hand-painted tiles designed by architect Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame.

Artworks include a series of original mixed media set in 14 karat gold leaf, sea green and terracotta 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 silver and copper-toned IKAT wall treatment behind the suite's guest bed.

As part of the renovation, there are now custom-designed dog blankets and accoutrements in commercial-grade fabrics. New iPod docking stations round out the upgrades, along with a daily breakfast, nightly turn down service, filtered water, florals, Gilchrist & Soames amenities, flat screen televisions and complimentary WiFi.

Cypress Inn was one of California's first hotel properties to welcome pets in the 1980s. Standard operating procedure includes concierges carrying dog treats and guestrooms appointed with dog bowls, dog blankets and in-room fireplaces. Terry's Lounge rolls out a daily Yappy Hour. A new Culinary Canine menu is also offered.

A landmark since 1929 and part of the collection of Carmel Boutique Inns, Cypress Inn is a 44-guestroom property with vaulted ceilings, courtyards, in-room fireplaces and a contemporary decor. The property is located just blocks from Carmel Beach, the 17-Mile Drive and walking distance to over 80 art galleries.

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