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8.8.07

welcome to the parker

ac and i are reality tv addicts. hey paula, making the band 4, hell's kitchen- we watch it all. this summer we've been really enjoying flipping out and welcome to the parker on bravo. while i'm still not sure i love the new trend in programming on bravo towards only doing competition or pop-culture documentaries, i'm really loving these two shows. mainly, welcome to the parker. aside from being a pretty hysterical show (that event planner dude is a disaster) the parker is one of the most gorgeous hotels. designed top to bottom by jonathan adler, the place oozes his 'happy chic' philisophy. but what i love is that he includes some edgier pieces like lots (lots) of nude paintings in the hotel's bar and a vintage "drugs" sign that seems to really bother the (horrible) HR woman at the parker. i've spent most of my time staring at the hotel's details so i thought i'd post some of my favorite images- i'm hoping to head out there next year and see it in person. looks like a fun trip.

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20 Comments:

Blogger raya said...

My friend loves this hotel! She showed it to me when we were discussing decor for her home and she forbade me from blogging/talking about it (her little secret destination and hopeful location for a future wedding). Seeing as there is a whole show about it, I guess the word is out. It is amazing though - the patio with all the wire chairs is my fave.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a whole Bravo show about it- I think the word is out ;-)

Kim

12:06 PM  
Blogger JHill said...

new york mag did a great story this week on bravo's pop-culture shows. check it out: http://nymag.com/news/features/35538/
makes me long for cable...

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That bar is amazing! I love the entryway facade too.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Linda Merrill said...

I love the decor, but could do without the Drugs sign - it's neither happy, nor chic. Just because something is vintage, doesn't mean it's appropriate.

Meanwhile, I didn't blame JA last week for being horrified that they were going to ban dogs. He designed it with the idea that pets were allowed, his name is all over and they use his name to promote it, so he still should have some say in things like that.

I am enjoying flipping out, he's a nut, but he puts his all into his properties.

1:53 PM  
Blogger alison whitla said...

A friend of mine works at the parker(hasnt been on the show yet) and she says that everything so far is pretty true to form. I love hearing about the goings on there from her and was able to stay there for a few days..the show hardly does it justice.

When they were talking about the need to hire a "fluffer" for all of Jonathan Adler's needs i nearly offered my services right then(being a jobless recent college grad art major)

1:59 PM  
Blogger Monkey said...

Hell's Kitchen rocks! I know it's mean, but I love how he yells at them and it's especially funny with his accent. I never feel badly for relative t.v. stars when they have to put up with stuff like that because I figure you've seen the previous seasons, you should know what you are getting yourself into! When my little Art students are doing something crazy I like to say "What are you doing?!" in my faux Gordon accent! :)

3:10 PM  
Blogger LauraB said...

Welcome to the Parker and Flipping Out are 2 of my new favorites too! It makes me laugh though that the parker, while visually so pleasing, apparently isn't up to standards in their service or food. Still looks like a good time though.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous coco smalls said...

i have not seen the show but i have stayed there twice and it is the mostly lovely hotel in palm springs. really just amazing grounds and the food is wonderful. too bad i will never get a room again now that there is a show....

4:36 PM  
Blogger Calie Anderson, C.I.D. said...

I want the key that is hanging over the fire place.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I luv luv The Parker show. What were they doing with all those ice cubes? :)

Flipping Out guy is totally wacko and probably, the most self centered person on t.v. But, of course, I watch.

6:37 PM  
Blogger anon said...

if you want even more tranquility just across the way in desert hot springs, you cannot beat hope springs resort for quiet, mid century style relaxation...i try to get out there a couple times a year, and i always come back in a better mood!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I just started watching both shows & am thoroughly enjoying them, despite the fact that they’re just the newest additions to Bravo’s line-up of the same concept filmed in different venues. I also started watching Scott Baio is 45 & Single - it's bad, I know, but I just can't stop!

10:09 PM  
Blogger suzannemarques said...

i love the parker show! i like many design elements of the hotel. though the key is a bit cartoonish to me & i don't like the drugs sign in that spot of the hotel. it's not that i'm offended, it just seems to be trying too hard. maybe it would be better in the lounge/bar area? kelly wearstler's viceroy hotel is more of a visual masterpiece.
though most hip west coast hotels are lacking in the service dept.

i can watch flipping out a bit, but he's brings me down too much. he's so neurotic and mean. i know too many people like him here in my lovely LA. he's not joking with his attitude.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous katie plumb, England said...

A fantastic hotel - my husband and I stayed there lst year and samples the food at Mister Parkers...it has a wonderful atmosphere.
Thanks for bringing back those wonderful memories !

4:38 AM  
Blogger andreec said...

I stayed at the Parker two years ago and it is more visually stunning in person than any photos could ever do justice to. everything is well thought out and very comfortable while still being chic. the only disappointments were "just ok" service and terrible food at Mr. Parker's- for the outrageous price it was really mediocre. however, Miss Norma's, the outdoor cafe, was excellent! they serve the most amazing brunch, so we usually at there late in the day and just skipped dinner. the spa and the outdoor bocci court were pretty great as well! it's a must stop for any design afficianado.

7:33 AM  
Blogger blogsurfer said...

Awesome! It would be great to visit that hotel someday. Talking about "Flipping Out", I have watched it last week. It was a great show. Most of all, I love watching it because of "Tori" the psychic. They blew it! Tori is more interesting than anyone else.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so this probably isn't appropriate here. It's more inline with comments on gawker, but what the hey. So was that a typo:"designed to bottom by jonathan adler"? Or a slip of the tongue? Sorry, just had to chuckle at that one. Hope you can remove this if it's offensive. Love your site (and the show)!

3:54 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

whoops, typo ;)

thanks

d*s

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to second an earlier comment that the hotel is fabulous as far as decor goes but the service is definitley not five star. Thank god I have encountered any guests that were that abnoxious!

7:16 PM  

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