Los Alamos is surrounded by farms and wineries. The land feels vast and open. Minimal in color, but rich in texture. I visited New Mexico at the same time I was contemplating the Alamo renovation. I found a very similar feel there in the light and colors and its Western culture. I was deeply inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiú. Her simple yet intelligent use of plywood was so intriguing that I wanted to incorporate it into the Alamo somehow.
I had our woodworker, Shaun Wallace of Gopher Wood Design, mimic her plywood dining table design into desks, small tables and benches. We also decided to do the floors in plywood, to keep the texture rich and the colors minimal. Meagan Donegan did all the prints in each room and lobby. Her artwork is the perfect fit, as a nod to the agriculture and farmland in the surrounding areas. We used lighting from Atelier De Troupe to give the rooms an elegant yet simple feel.
About Los Alamos
The Alamo Motel is located in Santa Ynez, two and a half hours from Los Angeles – it feels like a modern and cozy ranch-style getaway. In the evening guests enjoy a communal fire pit and a wine bar hosted by Municipal Wines. Grassy areas for picnics and long, lazy lunches with swings hanging from shady big oak trees surround the property.
This tucked away, friendly community offers quality wines, authentic antiquing and tasty slow-foods in about the span of three walking blocks. With a quaint cowboy mystique and relaxing quiet like no other place, it has its own starry history; the 1820’s saloon in town played host to Johnny Cash where he performed in the 50’s and was the site of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson’s “Say, Say, Say” music video featuring Linda McCartney. With wine country just a few miles away, there’s a little something here for the discerning tripper.
Places to check out and eat nearby:
Bob’s Well Bread
Full of Life Flatbread
Casa Dumetz Wines
The Trail Master
Babi’s Beer Emporium
Plenty on Bell
Valle Fresh Tacos