Design Destination – Palm Springs

11-1-kaufmann-neutra-12Photo of the Kaufmann House courtesy of the blog Take Sunset.  Architecture by Richard Neutra

My blog posts have been lacking lately due to me taking a short but sunny vacation to Palm Springs. It was a wonderful trip! I have been hooked on Palm Springs since I visited last year for the first time. The city has such a cool relaxed vibe, and a modern feel. The residents have completely embraced desert modernism architecture (as seen in the famous Kaufmann residence above designed by Richard Neutra) and there are a massive number of homes and commercial buildings that embody this style. The furniture stores are unique and many of them specialize in mid-century modern pieces. For design aficionados, Palm Springs is a great destination to inspire and find some treasures. There are great restaurants and hotels to visit too. Here’s what I was up to when I was there.

Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs interior design by Kelly WearstlerPhoto courtesy of the blog Matters of Style

The Viceroy Hotel is a must see for design enthusiasts. Designed by Kelly Wearstler this hotel is bright and cheerful and has a wonderful restaurant which we had dinner in. The above photograph is of the lobby space and the yellow geometric pattern has been created with mosaic tiles. It is dramatic and bold. I was awestruck by it! Kelly Wearstler is a designer that really inspires me, so it was fantastic to see this space in person. Here are some more photos of this incredible hotel.

kellya-743169Photo of the restaurant Citron courtesy of the blog High Fashion Home

3724703523_89a2505a8d_oPhoto of guest room courtesy of the blog Design Crisis

We stayed at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel and really enjoyed the incredible gardens and hip decor.  Designed by Jonathan Adler,this hotel pays homage to the handicrafts of the seventies with ceramics, macramé and needle point accessories and art work throughout the hotel.  It was a fun place to stay and the playful decor reminded me of a basement recreation room from the seventies. Very retro!

img_room_01Photo of guest room courtesy of the Parker Palm Springs Hotel

parker05Photo of lobby courtesy of Jonathan Adler

parker14Photo of the Spa courtesy of Jonathon Adler

No vacation would be complete without a spa treatment! The Spa at the Parker was definitely one of the most beautiful I had ever been to. The cobalt blue and white color scheme was refreshing and the Moroccan tented room at the pool was the perfect place to relax and unwind. And the massage was absolute heaven. Ahhh!

215_x600_get_travel_PalmSprings_Photo courtesy of Chicago Timeout

One of the best meals was breakfast at the King’s Highway Diner at the Ace Hotel. The food was all organic and it was so good, we went back twice! The restaurant and hotel are very stylish and also have a retro vibe. Although we did not see any of the guest rooms, we heard that they feature something very unique. Each room is equipped with an old record player and some vinyl to groove too!

L1010843Photo courtesy of Studio One 11

The furniture stores in Palm Springs have some incredible finds. This table was from a great shop called Studio One 11.

They also had some other really interesting modern furniture like these pieces below.

L1010362Photo courtesy of Studio One 11

robsjohn1Photo courtesy of Studio One 11

Another store that was really interesting was House 849. These beautiful coral lamps caught my eye as did this lacquered cabinet.

42coral_lampspairPhoto courtesy of House 849 via 1stDibs

137raffia_chest_small_hero_1Photo courtesy of House 849 via 1stDibs

My holiday was the perfect getaway. I really enjoy the city of Palm Springs and the surrounding area for its great design, architecture, restaurants and shops. Not to mention the other fabulous reasons to check out Palm Springs like the direct flight from Calgary with WestJet, awesome designer outlet shopping, sunny weather, and great guacamole! I’ll be returning soon no doubt!


1 Comment on Design Destination – Palm Springs

  1. Heather Draper
    April 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow! sounds like a great trip!

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