It’s well known that Palms Springs is famous for their abundance of mid-century architecture and design. Despite the fact I’ve worked on a wide range of projects from Spanish remodels to Traditional ground ups, I always find myself being drawn to the simplicity and ease of mid-century modern design. We’re starting a project this week that has me really excited…a warm, modern home that is inspired by post and beam architecture but is also friendly to the needs of today’s modern family. We were already heading to the desert for a wedding so it was the perfect opportunity to get some research going and get inspired in the most mid-century place I know…Palms Springs!
Arriving in Palm Springs I’m immediately drawn to the contrast of the desaturated desert landscape intertwined with the saturated Palm trees and deep blue skies.
I get so inspired by the landscaping here. I love the various textures of all the different plants and materials.
We headed straight to the Modernism show to check out some of the local dealers before heading into town. I loved seeing all of the different objects and decor the designers and dealers have on display. There is an art to how they style their spaces. This fun and quirky seller had a lot of great mid-century finds. Already getting ideas for the new project!
He also had some interesting upholstery pieces. I loved the simplicity and scale of the furniture, it was very proportional and complimented their fun and funky decor.
This dealer carried furniture that was a little more refined and modern. I love how artful and curated his booth felt and I’m obsessed over this chair.
This vendor actually came up from Los Angeles. He had some great mid-century American and Danish pieces. Still swooning over these blue slipper chairs.
When I saw these rugs I got pretty excited. I was very inspired by these bright colors and patterns. Rugs, in my opinion, are extremely important and can really set the tone to the overall design. Not every room needs a bright rug with an excessive amount of pattern, but used in the right way it can really bring something special to the interior. Loving the deep greens and sharp orange colors on this rug. I would keep the color and the lines of the furniture super simple and introduce color with objects and pillows.
This rug would be super serene and pretty in a girls room paired with soft, cream textured fabrics and warm wood tones.
I fell in love with this rug, I’m thinking of using this for my newest project! Blue is one of my favorite colors and this rug is truly extraordinary!
I hate seeing tissue boxes more then anything…so when I saw these fun mid-century tissue box covers I was pumped! Maybe one for the playroom for my new project?
After the Modernism show we headed into town to check out some of the stores the dealers had close by.
I can see why designers use such saturated and bright colors here in Palm Springs. With all the desaturated tones of the rocks and sand it’s the perfect backdrop to colorful decor. Love these turquoise and smokey colored glass vases.
This faceted ceramic lamp was beautiful and I loved it against the dark grey shelves.
I’ve always admired some of these marbleized vases, but these in particular I loved because of their coloration.
What was so intriguing about some of the showrooms I visited was the architecture of the stores themselves. I love seeing textured architectural materials like this being used for both the exterior and interior when it is used sparingly and thoughtfully. I’m looking forward to finding a way to do this on our project. I’ll probably do so with brick because our space will be less rustic and a little more formal.
It is 94 degrees and we have been all over. I think I need a cool beverage and comfortable chair…stat.
After a day of shopping came to an end we headed out to drive around some of the neighborhoods to admire some of the fab homes close by. These residences opened up to a quaint courtyard and pool.
I’m loving the textures out here as you can see. This gorgeous rock was used for a wall that lined the property.
Close up of this wall makes me happy!
This little neighborhood we stumbled upon was so charming. Various streets intertwined with one another and each house color combination was unique.
I love post and beam, here is a very simple version we saw in this neighborhood.
Here is a shot of one of the streets we traveled. You can tell that there was thought, planning and a dialogue between the people involved in developing the area. We loved ending our day driving up and down these streets. Feeling inspired and excited to begin this next project…stay tuned for lots of project updates and pictures.