Hotel Covell, Los Feliz

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Hotel Covell in east L.A. tells the tale of a fictional protagonist through “chapter” rooms...

There are parallels between the lives of hotelier Dustin Lancaster and George Covell, the fictional character around whom the Hotel Covell is based. Elements of interior designer Sally Breer‘s story has been woven into this narrative too, and Breer and Lancaster tell the story in chapters throughout the five-room hotel in Los Feliz, east Los Angeles.

Chapter One features a rustic materiality that is based around the young protagonist’s origins in small-town Oklahoma and a subsequent move to New York City. By Chapter Three, George is in Paris living with his lover Claudine and things are a bit less overtly masculine and more bohemian, with softer textiles, sheepskin rugs and warmer colour tones as well as vintage pieces form the French capital. Chapter Four is the home of George as a successful writer, and the accommodations reflect the trappings of fame and a new level of affluence. Here we also find the collected possessions of a well-travelled, urbane gentleman who is confident in his own sense of taste. Whichever stage of life speaks to you, all the rooms are equipped with a kitchenette, and below the hotel Bar Covell and the neighbouring HomeState Texas diner both offer room service.

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Photography, Bethany Nauert

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