Tanya’s Modern American Motel

One of the best vacations I’ve taken was a road trip through the US including stops in NYC, Washington DC, Nashville, Memphis, Dallas, Austin, and Phoenix. There really is nothing as freeing as driving from new place to new place. Often the highlights of the trip are not the destinations, but what happens along the way. Here I share with you a modern room inspired by the American Motel.

I started with the bed, since the primary purpose of any motel is to rest. I chose a sturdy, wooden bed with clean straight lines. To stick with the motel theme, I added a coordinating writing desk since motel rooms always seem to have matching furniture collections.

The Chickadee curtains from Anthropologie are lined and weighted and with the right shades underneath, will keep out the sunlight. A lot of vintage motels that I’ve seen are either wood paneled or wallpapered. For this modern motel room, I chose Salix wallpaper, also from Anthropologie, in a beautiful abstract pattern of blue and green. I would only wallpaper the wall behind the bed to create a visual focal point.

Every motel room needs a pair of nightstands, table lamps and an alarm clock. I went with the simple, straight lines of the Mindoro Bedside tables from DWR. They would stand out nicely against the patterned wallpaper. And of course every motel room needs at least one piece of art. I could think of no better wall hanging than the These Are Things map of the USA.

Lastly, a motel room is not complete without a television. This Debutante TV by Predicta is my favorite piece of the room and matches the decor perfectly!

1. American Motel photo collage

2. Area Bruno Bed at Velocity Art and Design

3. Chickadee Curtains from Anthropologie

4. Mindoro Bedside Table from Design Within Reach

5. Pablo Tube Top Colored Table Lamp from Design Public

6. Vers Clock Radio from Design Prblic

7. Salix Wallpaper from Anthropologie

8. Herman Miller Airia Desk from Velocity Art and Design

9. Debutante TV from Predicta

10. United States Map from These are Things

11. Little America Motel inspiration circa 1960

Images: as linked above