My very good friends Kendall and Marco embarked on a new life in Palm Springs, California and invited me to join them as they awaited the finishing touches on their new home. I’ve always loved Palm Springs but this trip was special.
We decided to take an architectural tour of some private homes and wow was that cool! I learned a lot about mid-century design. Most particularly fascinating was why the windows are so small and what seems odd places compared to modern designs. Here are some photos from three homes we toured.
Two homes were very bright and artsy with white floors and walls and tons of modern art. Both mixed new contemporary furnishings with vintage finds for a really interesting display. I love lighting and there were plenty of unique fixtures everywhere. Two homes had either kept in tact or purchased new retro-look suspended fireplaces.
The third was a new custom build that had design nods to mid-century but also brought in a ton of metal work on the exterior. So much so that if it werent within a residential neighborhood you may have passed it up thinking it was a warehouse. The interior was super eclectic with many custom designed fabrics on furnishings and used as doors by way of draperies.
So much art and culture. From museums to pop-up art galleries to shops, there seems to be art everywhere.
The Saguaro Hotel is super cool with its total retro vibe and there’s a neat bar called El Jefe for drinks and tacos.
We dined at some pretty spectacular places! Copley’s Palm Springs was magical! We dined on the lawn just as the sun was setting behind the mountain tops. French is my favorite and we had a fabulous Easter brunch at Le Vallauris. The menu featured several courses complete with mimosas. I had to try an espresso martini for dessert and it sent me straight to a nap afterwards.
My lovely friends and clients that sold their amazing home in Peccole Ranch decided to move and build a new “desert modern” home at Miralon in Palm Springs. Its a community that has a few different builders, in all one-story setting built around an olive grove! Homeowners get fresh olive oil as part of the package. The builder and floorplan that my clients chose also came with basic pool. Some of the floorplans featured the pool in the front courtyard but they chose a traditional floorplan with a backyard since Stella and Petro needed some faux grass. For more info: www.homes.discovermiralon.com
Having been only one other time to Palm Springs, I had forgotten how artsy and vibrant the town is. There are so many fun places to shop, go for cocktails and just breathe in the atmosphere. Im ready to go back!