Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Modernism Week - shops and stuff!

There is such an amazing selection of vintage shops in Palm Springs. You can pick from thrift stores (every other block has one it seems) and vintage/designer shops. These photos start out from the day we walked the design district street and wandered in and out of shops... Some vintage, some not.

Charming Hilary and some outdoor furniture

The beautiful Kristie at Trina Turk's Residential store
Vintage shop window

Pretties inside said vintage shop

Another vintage furniture store. Stacks of classics - love the Danish mid century modern teak stuff

A booth in the modernism show called Urban Burp - could have stayed there for hours!

Vintage cowboy fabric...

Kristie looking through the stacks of amazing fabrics

Sarah and I took home a yard of this ship fabric. I'm in love with my 1/2 yard, not sure what it will become yet though!

Best L.B.D EVER! check out that lace! I know it's blurry, but the bottom hem shows it pretty good... just scrumptious

Old posters sporting the most beautiful colours...

More old Classic pieces

This place is amazing. I am going to find it really difficult not to go again next year, but this time do more of the home tours and seminars that our silly school was too lazy to sign up for until it was too late. I HIIIIIGHLY recommend it; both the Modernism Show that runs every February, and Palm Springs itself.
(plus, my aunt has a spectacular place there, good to sleep 6! Anyone else in?!)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fresh is Best

This was my favorite thing I saw when first arriving in Palm Springs. Crispy fresh blue sky.

just another butterfly-style house taken drive-by-shooting style. Still lookin' fresh 50-some-odd years later.

The boys cooked one night. We had HUGE steaks and asparagus and potatoes. All Delicious. Mind you, that's Sarah, not a boy,  in the fluorescent jacket (thrift store find!), but she never really left the kitchen : P

We peeked into a lot of houses this way... At least these guys had the decency to have built-in step stools for us!

FRESH Grapefruit. Best thing in the world right there. Yes, we jumped at every tree we could and stuffed them in our purses.

The Kaufman house, designed by Richard Neutra in the 1940s. It is phenomenal. (and FRESH!)  If only we could have gone in...

Best ever fresh salsa! Hilary aces it!

More fresh lookin' architecture... haha like my theme yet?

The freshest Grapefruits ever .... an inside view... glorious!

More beautiful old and fresh architecture. Hurrah!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ace Hotel Lunch

It's about time I shared some goodness from my little trip to Palm Springs! (it was already a month ago!)

I'll start with one of my favorite places we went, the Ace Hotel.
We went for lunch after a morning spent walking the street in the Palm Springs Design District, which was breathtakingly lovely, as you can imagine. But stepping into this hotel's restaurant actually made my heart beat a little faster...
and now I'm dying to go stay at The Ace Hotel in Portland!

The little foyer; loved the Navajo-esque rugs and yummy leather chairs... not to mention: Macrame!

Yes, lots and lots of Macrame! I love that Palm Springs doesn't for a second deny it's 1960s celebrity status!

The Lovely Hilary, with her favorite style of print :)

Simple lovely table linens = yum

Buttery leather soft seating, globe lights, natural stone ... all laid back but super sleek at the same time

I fell in love with that tile... it had a pearlescent glow to it and was just pretty in such a simple way.

See the Macrame elephant sculpture on the wall? Now there's a reason to learn macrame!

Big beautiful windows with - get this - SUN streaming in! Not so great for photos like this, but I would never complain!

Cute little menu. Can you see why I took a picture of this page? ;)
I can't explain enough how inspiring it was to be around good, timeless design. Everywhere you looked  there was something to look at and inspire. It just made me so happy.

Anyways, thats where a handful of us ate one day ... I'll try to share more this week as I'm doin' little to nothin' on Spring Break!

Here is a facebook album if you want to see lots of photos!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Glamorous Life of .... me

This is it for another 5 days.
Palm Springs suitcase still not unpacked.
Drawings splayed everywhere.
AutoCAD the only thing I've seen in a week.
But at least the morning sun looks good in here :D

Sidenote: I thought about moving the honeycomb cereal box, but let's be honest here ...
(at least my other 3 cups are out of the frame)