Friday, June 24, 2011

Palm Springs Style: UK Trend Bible

The Trend Bible for the UK has predicted Palm Springs Style as being a major influence in the UK for the color palette in a range of household products from towels to disposable napkins as well as home furnishings and paint colors! As residents of snazzy Palm Springs, we already knew that we were trendsetters!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Stylish Area Rugs

We love area rugs, and just changing one out can really make a room come alive:

Slab by Michal Kopaniszyn for Moho Design, Poland is a beautiful rug made from pure wool. Pachamama and Cell DSGN conspired on the Eclipse collection of area rugs that have a single element in common, circles and more circles. Domestic Modern has a huge selection of modern style rugs, and we love this one with a large graphic bird design.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lilly Pulitzer Lee Jofa

Totally digging the Lilly Pulitzer Collection by Lee Jofa! Looks fabulous in this urban-ish setting at High Point, but it would be right at home in Southern California! Very cheery, retro, and up-to-the-minute at the same time!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering

Grasscloth has never taken a hiatus in the desert, and for good cause, it's durable, ages well, and really dresses up a room! Some of our favorite new patterns are from a recent collection from Phillip Jefferies- called appropriately enough- "Fashionista."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bright Summer Whites

Liven up your summer by adding accessories in porcelain white and bright colors.
These accents can bring the lively, cheerful colors of summer into your favorite room. There are a variety of well-priced accent pieces that can add seasonal zip for summer. We decorate for the holiday season, why not for the summer season? Try a bright white bowl filled with colorful fruit like bright yellow lemons or green granny smiths.

Vases, photo frames, servicing trays are all great ways to bring bright accents into your space. Keep accent items small and in groupings or use one or two large bright pieces to add focal accents. White is a great “non-color” to work with as other colors can be added to it to suit the season and d├ęcor of your room.

Alexander Weekend: Part 4

My favorite
stop on the Alexander Weekend home tour (though I may be biased because I live in it) was on Laverne Way. I really had fun with this house using so much orange inside and out. My favorite thing in the living room is the amazing Kyle Bunting laser-cut cowhide area rug. It looks spectacular in this great house! The great thing about this particular Alexander home is that it has such a large master bedroom and so many clerestory windows.

What project have you been putting off?

Have an unfinished home remodel project? Something that you "let slide" last year? You'll be suprised at how much custom design you can afford: our newest interior design clients in Rancho Mirage are getting a new guest bathroom- for under $7500.00! This includes custom vanity cabinet, color and tile selection, and white-glove project management with the security of a professional design team behind their remodel project. We love remodel projects- seeing a homeowner in love with their house again is a great feeling!

Pool Umbrellas

In the arid, perpetually sunny Southern California Desert, shade is valued, and since we lack the shade trees of the East, we are dependent on shade structures or sun umbrellas to provide protection from the damaging rays of the sun. Umbrellas are a feature found in the backyards of most homes in Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage, and come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Buying the right umbrella is important- the better the umbrella that you select, the more likely you are to enjoy your time spent outdoors enjoying the shade. Here are some tips from William Miller, Interior Designer, for selecting an sun umbrella that can be enjoyed in any backyard:

Be sure that the size of the umbrella that you select suits the location as well as its use. If you are replacing an umbrella for a dining table, be sure that the umbrella is larger than the table, and that the base will work with your table as well. If you are purchasing an entire patio set, make sure that you have measured the space and that there is enough room for the chairs and the table. You should also make sure that the umbrella will clear any landscaping when open.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Corbett Lighting

Corbett Lighting has some fabulous light fixtures on their new website. We've recently used some of their fixtures in a fabulous home in Palm Desert as well as some economically-friendly fixtures in model homes in Rancho Mirage. Take a few minutes to browse their site- really great photography on their installations! Corbett is California-based, and has been in business for over 40 years, using materials such as hand-made rice paper and rare metals in their unique fixtures.


I read a great little article about Chinoiserie, which is a French term used to describe decorative objects or furniture pieces which have been influenced by traditional Chinese design styles. The term was first used in the 16th Century throughout Europe. As travel and trade became more commonplace, Chinese imagery and artistic techniques became a fad in furniture, architecture and decorative objects. What once started as a trend hundreds of years ago has now become a classic design style. Today, Chinoiserie has been modernized and is still used in current decor. We see it so often in Palm Springs because it overlaps into so much Hollywood Regency elements. If you want to read more, check out the Designer Speak blog.

Photos: Jonathan Adler, Lonny, House Beautiful, and Katie Rosenfeld via Designer Speak

Alexander Weekend, Part 3

I love
being able to share all the fun houses of Palm Springs with my readers. I feel so lucky to live in a place where so many people appreciate interior design and architecture. This post, if you remember is a snapshot of one of several homes that were on the Alexander Weekend Home Tour by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

My favorite thing about the exterior of this Alexander home was the addition of redwood to the atrium/breezeway area between the carport and the home. I really loved the sculpted tile in the bathrooms- I still want to find out who the vendor is! Isn't that wall sculpture above the bed fantastically space-age?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Alexander Weekend, Part Two

were more than ten houses on Palm Springs Preservation Foundation's Alexander Weekend Home Tour, so I am breaking the houses down weekly- it was way too much to take in at one time in person, let alone through snapshots! This Alexander home is in the Twin Palms Area of Palm Springs, and was done by interior designer David Jimenez of Kansas City. I was lucky enough to meet him a couple of times while he was here in Palm Springs. I love the resort feel of his home- you really feel like you're on a fun vacation from the minute you walk in the door. I love his use of chrome and other high-gloss finishes combined with bright sunny colors.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

London Subway Cars as Artist Studio

These re-purposed London Subway cars are now being used as artist studios- Furniture designer Auro Foxcraft purchased for underground cars for about $400 each and mounted them on the roof of a neglected warehouse. The warehouse now serves as a gallery space, and the subway cars rent for about $30 a week. I really enjoy seeing things such as these cars recycled into useful and attractive spaces for living and working.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3form Installations

mentioned 3form a few times, but they are worth mentioning again. I just received some new application photos, and the results are always visually stimulating. 3form is a great product that can be used for wall cladding, furniture, and lighting design- it's an amazingly simple product with so many ways that it can be used- it's also LEED certified, and comes in so many styles and colors. The photos are fun to look at on their website, and it's definitely inspired some projects for us! My favorites are the lightbox tables- so great for a combination furniture and lighting function. We have spec'd this for many residential clients in the desert- specifically in Palm Desert and Palm Springs- really fabulous looking at night.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Palm Springs Preservation's Alexander Weekend

the next few Mondays, I'm going to feature some of the fun snapshots of the great homes that were on Palm Springs Preservation Foundation's popular Alexander Weekend. The Alexanders were a development team who worked with architect William Krisel and Don Wexler that turned out thousands of outstanding modern homes in Palm Springs thoughout the 1950's, 60's, and 70's.
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