you may have seen from my instagram feed, i took a trip to Palm Springs last week with bri and the designlovefest team, and while there stayed at the magnificent Parker Hotel. bri planned this retreat for her team a while ago, and very luckily for me, they let me tag along! it was mid-week, and off-season, so it was essentially like we had the place to ourselves, and handsome fellas in coral-colored bermuda shorts greeted us by opening those sky-high orange doors wide open and into the parker’s alice in wonderland-like lobby.
in another lifetime, the Parker was formerly Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch, where as a kid my family and i would spend a week every Easter break. as we walked through the parker’s completely renovated grounds, wonderful memories flooded my brain — the smell of Coppertone on my skin and remembering so much pool time we would turn into sunburnt prunes. Palm Springs is hot if you’ve never had the pleasure of a visit, but it’s dry heat (i.e. the good kind) and so peaceful if you want it to be. the parker is especially zen.
The Parker Palm Springs is situated on thirteen acres of landscaped gardens surrounded by the desert and mountains, and of course, if you haven’t recognized already, is designed by Jonathan Adler, so the decor is signature Adler all the way! with an ironic ‘drugs’ sign, awe-inspiring lighting fixtures, a circular fire pit, and swing chairs you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. i could have sworn i was hanging out in cher’s living room!
The Parker also boasts a few pools for you to choose from — Two outdoor heated pools surrounded by beautiful bougainvillea, chaise lounges, and plenty of staff to cater to your every whim, along with lemonade stand that serves up an adult version, like a beer shanty and the muddled lemon served with citron vodka. Norma’s restaurant has an amazing comfort food laden brunch menu, and every detail is attended to — when you sit down they serve you up a smoothie shot, which was always delicious. and don’t get me started on the PSYC spa — with a steam and dry sauna, indoor pool and this really restful ‘dark room’ where you can escape the heat to a lounging area entirely pitch black except for candlelight. so basically, once you arrive, you don’t want to leave. i would have stayed an extra day if i didn’t have a special pup waiting for me at home. all i can say is heartfelt thanks to bri for including me on a trip that was exactly what the doctor ordered. i highly recommend a trip to the parker when you need a special and very memorable getaway.
Top to bottom, left to right:
- Classic Scandinavian styling from the ever-inspiring Fantastic Frank
- A DIY Plywood Floor Mirror for your dressing and home decor needs
- The rudimentary form and soft angles of RAMA chair from OX DENMARQ
- Everyday cotton pieces from A Merry Mishap’s impeccable closet
- This DIY triangle mirror makes a clean and simple addition to any wall
perhaps it’s because i’m not quite ready to say so long to summer, and maybe even more likely because i’m off on holiday for a few days, but i’m loving these beachy decor vibes. these spaces make me feel like i’m off on an island somewhere, sunning myself without a care in the world. pretty pastels that light just seems to bounce off of and a laid back atmosphere that just whispers, “oh relax already, would ya?”. alrighty, i will! but annie will be back tomorrow with friday finds, and i’ll see you over my long weekend on instagram!
schoolhouse electric’s new fall collection is out, and this season they’re all about chasing the light. Looking at the world like we did as kids, eager to absorb everything, hoping to make the most of shorter days by holding tight the things that matter and letting go of what doesn’t — those moments where we let in the light are the ones we keep closest. the new lookbook from schoolhouse was inspired by and photographed at a friend’s river house in Tillamook County, about a 45-minute drive outside schoolhouse electric’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. Throughout the three-day experience, the schoolhouse team was continuously struck by the fiery light that poured into everything, and As a group, they found themselves sitting together on the back patio, taking a moment to enjoy a distinct feeling of gratitude and contentment. From there, the season of #chasingthelight was born. As fall sets in and the days get darker earlier, the appreciation of light – both physically and figuratively – becomes more present. the new collection from schoolhouse reflects those moments — and i’m especially drawn to the copper fixtures and the way the light from them really feels so much like fall. here’s a look at my favorites. like the print from artist anthony burrill says, want better, not more.
One of Silver Lake’s favorite boutiques, Lawson-Fenning opened a sister store on Melrose earlier this summer. Owners Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning are well known to the city’s interiors designers and architects as they’ve been creating and curating since their time at The Art Center in the late 90’s. The much larger Hollywood Lawson-Fenning space serves as a showroom for many of their own unique designs alongside the smaller home accents that attract so many to their Silver Lake location. The two story building provides home inspiration with its clean and colorful design and room layouts as well as a space reserved for a rotating furniture art gallery.
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.