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palm springs suggestions?


d*s reader, jules is heading off to sunny palm springs tomorrow and wanted a few design recs for the area. i don't know much out that way so i thought you design savvy readers might? jules and i thank you in advance. xo, d*s

[ps: thanks for all the web help yesterday, i think we're back on track. and thanks for everyone's patience as we work out the kinks. i really appreciate it]



Anonymous Megan said...

I believe there are quit a few of mid century stores on the outskirts of the main shopping dragg El Paseo. If you just drive around you will sure to stumble upon a few.

I visited over Christmas and was very impressed, its beautiful!

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go to Palm Springs every other month or so and just drive the main drag, Palm Canyon Drive, and you'll see lots of shops.

I also hope she's staying at one of the many design-oriented hotels/b&bs. Some recommendations:




I'd also recommend Mexican food and Margaritas at http://www.lascasuelas.com/

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

The Viceroy Palm Springs designed by Kelly Wearstler is very charming!

Jonathan Adler also designed for a hotel out there, the Parker. It's "a 13-acre desert 'swanktuary,'... furnished with whimsical Adler creations such as zebra-skin rugs and geometric white poster beds—as well as four pools, a reception area filled with Gio Ponti furniture, a golf course and staffers dressed in hot-pink blazers who serve Moroccan tea in the afternoon."

The Albert Frey Tramway gas station is a landmark, and houses a cute collection of Trina Turk ephemera. Likewise, there's a great Trina Turk boutique in Palm Springs.

The Kaufmann house is most assuredly NOT open to the public, but it is one of the most iconic mid-century modern houses, and is constantly being used in commercials and television shows. Frank Sinatra also had a house out here.

As for questionable design, if you're driving to Palm Springs from LA, you'll pass the Cabazon dinosaurs, featured in the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Tana said...

First of all, there is Korakia. (Make sure you click all the way into the Rooms section, as the music is hypnotic.)

And I just stumbled onto Hotel Zoso.

Hope that helps!

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I highly recommend Native Foods. Its a vegan place but the food is excellent, and you will never miss it. Its on E Palm Canyon.

There is Modern Way which has mid century modern antiques. Room Service has an outpost in Palm Springs too.

All of these stores are on N. Palm Canyon which is the main drag through town.

I also highly recommend the outlets by the Morongo casino on the interstate. There is a crate and barrel outlet (at the smaller one) as well as a Space (the larger outlet area) which sells Prada.

12:24 PM  
Blogger marissa said...

most of the comments already covered it - I've stayed at the parker and at desert star bungalows. the parker is great - kitschy but luxe. and the desert star is tiny but sweet - only 6 or 7 rooms and totally refurb in bertoia, breuer, eames, etc. the owner is lovely also and very helpful.

there are some architecture tours - I think one is called PS modern. you can also walk around and check out the albert frey and e. stewart willaims buildings.

unfortunately, most of the really fun homes are privately owned and you can't even get past the gate bc they're on a private road. I was lucky enough to get a tour of the elrod house by its owner - she might be able to check with some of the LA museums if they know of anything going on. I saw the elrod house thru a private tour with the schindler house in LA - they do that kind of stuff all the time. there's also the tramway tours - she should check to see if they're open again: http://www.pstramway.com/

the outlets in morongo are great also (but overwhelming). the only prada outlet in north american is there. and there's also a barneys outlet that's pretty good.

most of the food in palm springs is pretty unimpressive but we had great burgers at tylers on indian canyon dr. I think they're closed sundays.


12:56 PM  
Blogger Style Editor said...

Yep, the Viceroy is lovely and low key enough. After staying there last September I designed my apartment around it! The Movie Colony is gorg, too but was under construction while I was there, so a tad noisy.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous smotion said...

This site has some great old postcards of Palm Springs...

I also recommend the Aerial Tramway and I think they still have a bar at the top!

7:11 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Wow.. bumped into your blog .. I like that picture.. very good for a postcard..

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone's comments are so fantastic, I'm planning a wedding and looking for venues in Palm Springs and I hadn't heard of a few rentals and didn't know that Desert Star was back up and running!

Thanks designsponge for posting the question and giving readers an opportunity to share!

6:31 PM  

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