Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The One Room Challenge {My Favourites}

For the last couple of years I have really enjoyed following along with The One Room Challenge. The One Room Challenge was created by Linda from the blog Calling It Home. Twice a year Linda invites 20 design bloggers to transform a room in 6 short weeks. Every week the participants let us in on their progress and keep us informed of materials, budgets and design dilemmas. It is so inspiring to see what people come up with. If you would like to take a look at all of this seasons finished rooms you can find them here.

Here are a few of my favourites...

6th Street Design School

Waiting on Martha









Monday, May 11, 2015

The Parker Palm Springs

When I was in Palm Springs I knew I had to stop in at The Parker Hotel to see it in person. I am sure if you are on Pinterest you have seen lots of photos from the hotel, specifically the image of the iconic orange doors and white breeze blocks.
The Parker was originally the first Holiday Inn in California, opening in 1959. It was later owned by Gene Autry and Merv Griffin.
Ten years ago the hotel went through a major renovation, with Johnathan Adler designing the interiors.
The hotel gets mixed reviews, not sure if I would actually stay there, but it was neat to spend a bit of time touring the grounds and taking a few photos. What was interesting about the outdoor design was the rambling dirt paths that are bordered by high hedges that conceal hidden areas to explore. You will find areas for fire pits, croquet, tennis, hammocks, bubbling 
fountains and secluded sitting areas.
For me the design was a mix of mid century and old county club, with a bit of 70's hippy style.




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Friday, May 1, 2015

Ralph Lauren Sun Hat

I love the new sun hat I bought for my trip to Palm Springs.
 I had been looking for something that was light weight, with a brim large enough to keep the sun off my face and it had to be packable.
You can find it here:  The Bay.


Palm Springs

A few more photos of our time in Palm Springs.



Hiking from one oasis to another in the Indian Canyons...





 The guide found a Rosy Boa snake. 




We had dinner one night at Merv Griffin's estate.

The house was built with entertaining in mind. It has 4 guest bungalows, a guest cottage and a gate house that are all available for rent.

I thought the design was really well done...notice the very subtle Moorish details throughout.
 

 "Sammy", "Frank" and "Dean" welcoming us to the house.










 Being serenaded by Dean Martin..complete with drink and cigarette.






 One of the round guest bungalows.






The next night we had dinner in a private dining room at The Riviera Hotel.



We spent a day touring the old Palm Springs downtown. 
Lots of interesting shops and restaurants.





 The Palm Springs Art Museum was well worth the visit.


Lots of beautiful abstract paintings.





This multimedia piece by Brian Wills was crazy.
 It is made up of thousands of rayon threads strung over wooden boxes.
Viewed straight on, the colours are mutted, from the side the colour are more vibrant.
It reminded me of a paint chip strip.