Palm Springs Vacay Time

I am departing from staging and decorating for a moment of travel talk. Been away on vacation but I am back and inspired!

We have this favorite pocket of Palm Springs where we love to stay. It keeps you just blocks from all the downtown energy. Most of these hotels have bikes to share so you can ride in that warm Cali sun.

My sister, Tara, is the Queen of hotels. When you travel with her you take a back seat. She will check out the room, location and make the necessary changes if it is not on par. That comes from her years in the hotel industry.

Had to do this all on my own this time. For me simple is fine but stylish is a must.  

Our last week in Palm Springs was a 10! We stayed at the Avalon Hotel. Where guests fetch their coffee in their fluffy hotel bathrobes, yoga is happening on a balcony, couples are sitting on their lanai planning their day ahead and others lounging poolside reading the newspaper. Incredibly intimate. You do not have to search for a lounge chair because they have 3 beautiful pools-plenty for everyone. Life there just slowly plays out before you...

Avalon Hotel


It's my 3rd time here and I really do want to return but not until I try the hotels below that I found to be just as lovely in their own distinct way. Here is where we stay next:

The Three Fifty Hotel

The Three Fifty Hotel

I met the owner/designer because I got caught stalking the grounds trying to get photos. She took time with us and showed us around. I am sold!

If you phone the hotel personally and use "LOYAL20" they will give you a 20% room discount.

Del Marcos Hotel

This is another fun hotel in that same pocket of Palm Springs that I love. Give me a white bed and I am all good. 


Again, if you phone or book the hotel personally and use "LOYAL20" they will give you a 20% room discount.

La Serena Villas

I got the impression this place would be expensive but it is right in with the others. Love the decor in their restaurant Azucar-especially if you are a Frida Kahlo fan. The pool is beautiful and the rooms are perfectly dreamy.


Use the "Loyal20" code here as well for the 20% discount on your room. Awesome, right?

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Now,back to the really serious business of staging...


Sister Ex and I are absolutely exhausted. We just finished a 7000 sq foot home. The American Express is on fire so I am removing it from my sister's hands so that it can cool down for a few days. We have acquired some of the most fabulous and artfully designed furniture which is the good part of all of the work.

We are now off to Palm Springs, leaving our company in the trusty hands of our amazing staff.


Palm Springs Modernism Week 2014

Signing off for a few days as I head to Palm Springs for a ton of inspiration. This Middle Sister has tickets to the Vintage Trailer Show, Prefab Show, Mid Century Designer Show House, Double decker bus tour of Mid century homes and a Jump and Jive dinner party. A huge week of fun!

Stumbling Across Cool

How lucky to be staying at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and witness the process of a pop up store with super cool artist Steve Harrington. More on it here. To give you an idea of the clientelle here at this hip hotel-they give you a bucket of beers upon check in. (well at least they did me...)

We photographed the images as they unfolded throughout the day. This is Steve Harrington working on his mural right outside our hotel room.

Viceroy Palm Springs

Another not-to-be missed hotel is the Viceroy. It is super boutiquey in that it is intimate, small and quiet. My oldest loved it the best but said they would really have to make sure they were very quiet in the pool. Designed by our super star favorite designer Kelly Wearstler it is visually magical.

All of the photos were taken by my crappy little camera.