Drag queen Trixie Mattel (aka Brian Michael Firkus) rose to fame on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” And now, he has his own design show, “Trixie Motel,” where Mattel and partner David Silver turn an old Palm Springs, CA, motel into an over-the-top escape.

To pull this off, they get some help from a couple of famous friends: “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott and actress Zooey Deschanel.

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Trixie Mattel and Zooey Deschanel work on their hula-hooping during a visit to the “Brady Bunch” house.


In the latest episode, “Flower Power,” Mattel and Silver meet with Scott and Deschanel to tour the original “Brady Bunch” house (which Scott helped renovate to look just like the set).

“You’re not trying to just create a visual impression,” Scott says when showing Mattel and Silver around the house. “You’re trying to create a feeling.”

Mattel and Silver are inspired by the girls’ room and decide to turn their latest motel room into a playful space full of “Brady Bunch”–era style. This room might end up a little wild for a typical home, but “sometimes, heavy-handed tacky swings all the way back around to, like, chic,” Mattel notes.

Take-home tips abound that, with a little toning down, could apply to all abodes. Check out what they do, and see if their design decisions inspire you, too.

Paint a mural to set the tone

The Brady Bunch House
Mattel visits a re-creation of Marcia, Jan, and Cindy Brady’s room.


This hotel is 70 years old, so it’s no surprise that the rooms are dated and a little run-down. And while each space has a different theme, Mattel hopes to reinvigorate this particular guest room with florals.

“I love hippie stuff, I love flowers,” Mattel says. “I grew up loving the ‘Brady Bunch.’ It was such a huge part of my childhood and inspired so much of my drag.”

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Before: This old motel room was tired.


With this in mind, Silver and Mattel want to paint a mural on the wall of this room, as they’ve done in the other rooms so far.

“I think, let’s keep going with our mural on the wall trend—that’s been amazing,” Mattel’s designer, Dani Dazey, says. “It’s the flower power room.”

After: The flower mural makes a big impression for not a lot of money.


While some of the rooms have intricate mural designs, this one is simple, with big, bright flowers that make an impression.

“We’ve simplified the murals throughout the rooms, but they’re still so impactful,” Silver says. “I love this wall.”

While not everyone will want giant flowers on their bedroom wall, it shows how a DIY mural can be a great addition to any room and won’t take much money or time.


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A headboard makes a statement


A normal headboard would have seemed out of place in this room.


Mattel and Dazey know that the bed is a huge part of any bedroom design, so they want to add a headboard that will work with the groovy mural and fancy wallpaper.

“Some sort of flower,” Dazey brainstorms, “like a daisy.”

They decide on a daisy headboard with green and pink petals. The colors work great with the walls and complete the design, creating a cohesive style.

Keep scale in mind when picking floor tiles

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This checkered floor is a bold color—but it works!


Dazey wants to make sure that the floor in this room is just as memorable as the walls. So she buys green and pink vinyl floor tiles and plays with tile sizes.

“I definitely want to do a checkered pattern, but I’m sort of experimenting between doing a smaller-scale and a larger-scale checker,” she says. “As a print designer, I know that scale is everything when it comes to patterns. Right now I’m kind of leaning toward the larger print. I think it’s a little more bold, and it’s going to fit the room really well.”

While not everyone will want green and pink checkered floors, this design shows that there are many fun options for flooring—it’s not all just wood or carpet.

Don’t forget the ceiling

The team wanted to paint this ceiling in a memorable way.


While the floor ends up looking great, Dazey and Mattel also want the ceiling to stand out. They paint it pink and green, to match the colors of the room. Not only does this cover up the dark, dated wood paneling, but it also adds whimsy to the room style.

When Mattel sees the finished product, she’s impressed.

“The ceiling, the pink on green—who is doing that?” she says. “That’s insane!”

Can’t find the right tile? Go custom

Custom tile makes this kitchenette look extra groovy.


The fantastic flower room includes a kitchenette, which Mattel knows she’ll need to make just as groovy as the rest of the room. Dazey suggests pulling some shapes and colors from the room’s custom wallpaper and using it to make a one-of-a-kind tile.

“It just feels like people maybe used to have to look for things,” Firkus says. “But now, the contemporary designers, they’re just like, ‘Yeah, we’re just going to make it!'”

When the custom tile is installed, Dazey points out that it works great with the rest of the room.

It is “extremely cohesive but also really different,” she says.

It’s nice to know that when you can’t find the right tile, custom tile is always an option.

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