a day in the desert.

lost bird found.

gosh darn fog. the sun keeps coming out here in san francisco just enough to tease us, and then it hides away again, and that misty gray comes blowing back in over the hills just about the time you want to pull out the old barbecue. i’m missing warm days, so we’re hitting the desert. i’m imaging a house with a big turquoise pool somewhere, lots of lounge chairs, and a retro mid-century modern flair. grab a mai tai, get on your spf, and let’s put on some frank on!

felt cushions at canvas.


diy bookcase from readymade; leather butterfly chair from urban outfitters; orla kiely’s stem print sheets; and emily chalmers‘ adorable cushions, via automatism.

most fabulous mid-century modern daybed from Peter Hvidt, via artnet.

sea of shoes.

mid-century modern print from artist jenn ski; amy butler beach towels; russel wright pitchers from sundance catalog; and a very modern rocker from Coco Målé.


eames bullet planter, via freakovsky.


some stylin’ retro lounge chairs i spied on craigslist.

another great mid-century modern print from artist jenn ski.

poolside at the ace hotel in palm springs, via annlaur Imagery.

22 Responses to “a day in the desert.”
  1. caroline says:

    Oh I am headed to the ACE hotel in Portland in a little over a week!!! Enjoy the desert! xo

  2. Maria says:

    Those bathing caps are fun!

  3. Lovely…I want a cap like that!

  4. Those caps are so much fun! Oh how I want a pool right now, to enjoy some breezy & sunny weather (cloudy here where I am, ugh!)

  5. Matrioshka says:

    I’m from the bay area so I totally get it. Also, I love all the pictures. Definitely the sort of vibe I’ve been trying to go for in my very non Palm Springs located DC apartment.

  6. tammy says:

    okay i think this is one of my favorite posts ever. amazing images. love the colors!

  7. mlle paradis says:

    thanks for this whoooosh of sunny mid-century madness! do feel sorry for you sf-guys when it should be summer. and me too, those caps are insanely fun and funny!

  8. The most spectacular collection of mid-century goodness ever. A little slice of heaven! Thank you xoxo

  9. Linz says:

    still stuck on the fact that you said you’re missing warm days. it’s 100+ where i live. you can take some of this warmth, noooo problemo! :D

  10. MUS says:

    looove this post! the colors, the caps :), nice collection! thx

  11. Shay says:

    Great collection of Mid century vibe photo’s.Makes me miss our Palm Springs house..It’s been so coolish in Seattle I can’t wait to return.

  12. cassie says:

    I live in the desert, and it’s been 100+ consistently here. I would trade with you any day. Our patio is a mess and all I want to do is clean it and make it pretty, but I can’t because it’s too damn hot!!! I wish we had a pool like one of these, but even then, the pools out here get so hot that they’re just not refreshing in the least.

  13. I know…it’s a tease right? Thought Noe Valley was better, but just left there and same as up here. Yikes! Fog, go away!

    Yes, escape to the desert with some Frank. Sounds great as long as there’s air conditioning! Love the photos. Just pinned one!

  14. Jude says:

    What a great collection – people really need to start making daybeds like that again!

  15. Kate says:

    Great snaps! I love that first one with the swimming caps! Ace Hotels look super neat

  16. Erika says:

    I love that daybed! It would be perfect under me and my mai tai…

  17. automatism says:

    Love this collection of images — and what a fab getaway it would be! Thanks too for the mention!


  18. Liz Stanley says:

    ugg. feeling the same way here in sf.

  19. casey says:

    come back!

  20. April & May says:

    Love the felt cushions…really beautifull…

  21. victoria says:

    thanks everyone!

    casey – i will come back! soon! :) xo

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