As I mentioned earlier, I recently attended Modernism Week in Palm Springs. I truly was impressed with every tour we signed up for. One being, the Marrakesh Country Club Home Tour. I really had no clue going into it what it would be like but boy, was I impressed! As we were shuttled into the private community, my mouth started to drop. I felt like I had been whisked away to Pleasantville or the neighborhood from Edward Scissorhands. It was so pristine, so perfectly manicured; a place of immaculate living. As you drive in, you are welcomed by a dramatic slope of perfectly tailored hedges, pink and white flowers and fountains, all leading to the clubhouse. The entire community was designed by architect, John Elgin Woolf. Woolf was a very famous architect at the time and was sought out by several celebrities for his famed "Hollywood Regency" style. Many of his projects were featured in Architectural Digest, Town and Country and Vogue. "Regency's theatrical style is one of restrained opulence with carefully scaled architectural elements in perfect balance." The Regency style at the Marrakesh Country Club is so well maintained that one would think it was frozen in time or newly built.
View of the golf course from the clubhouse.
The first house on our tour was of one that truly was frozen in time. The house looks exactly as it did when it was first built and designed in the early 1970's. Interior designer, Ed Carlmark designed this home for the original owners who eventually passed their home on to their daughter. She and her parents kept almost the entire design exactly the same all these years. I was told Carlmark had been there earlier and was in awe of finding his 1970's design just as he had left it.
Entrance to the early 1970's home
Front patio of the home.
The second I stepped foot into this home, I started grinning from ear to ear. The bright lime green and white color combo created such a happy energy that it was impossible not to love it. Pops of lemon and orange appear every now and again, providing another ounce of happiness. One of my favorite details in the decor was the green upholstery piece that framed the bottom of the television. The fabric is the same print as the one that is used for the curtains and chair cushions.
How fantastic is the side table/lamp?!
View of the living room from the back of the house, looking toward the front door.
Even the laundry room carries the color scheme with a lime green and lemon yellow plaid wallpaper.
A luscious lemon tree sits outside the kitchen window. Makes me wonder if the lemon tree came first or if the interior design plan did... the color combo is just too perfect!
Formal dining room table.
Don't you just love this print?
...and this chair!
View from the back patio. Like I said, it's a dreamland.
One of the two bedrooms - still carrying the lime green and white color scheme.
View of the bedroom, looking out on to the back patio.
Both bedrooms have an attached bathroom. This one is clad in mylar wallpaper (I seriously love that stuff!) and has a window looking out into a side garden.
The second of the two bedrooms.
The attached bath from the second bedroom - such fun wallpaper!
A few Mexican decor items help to enhance the vibrancy of this colorful bathroom.
As I mentioned, the Marrakesh Country Club was like being in another world or another time. Walking around the Country Club, I saw the friendliest lady driving her golf cart around and she was dressed to the nines. Keep in mind it was mid-afternoon. The people there all seemed to have this lovely care-free attitude and it surely made me want to live there. Perhaps it is because they are probably all mostly retired? Who knows, either way, it's the kind of life I would like to live!
Florals are all the rage right now. From small calico prints to large wild blossoms, flowers are everywhere! The looks is very fresh and spring-y but I am not sure I am totally on board. I am getting flashbacks of the early 90's - and not in a good way. I fear that the next store I go into will be selling floral stretch pants with stirrups- yikes! I hope that's not the case. A little floral does you good but let's not go overboard.
My obsession with textures, colors and materials is always changing and always happening. For the last year or so, I have been obsessing over copper. I love the way different textures look in copper and how each one provides a different kind of shine. Copper is gorgeous when brand new but also lends itself to graceful and even more beautiful aging. A green patina naturally occurs on copper and it is one of my most favorite things to see. If I could have a house clad in copper patina, I would.
I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend! I spent my weekend in Palm Springs, attending Modernism Week tours. This was my third year attending and as always, I had a fabulous time learning new architectural & celebrity history. The weather was absolutely perfect and I even got to see a design crush of mine, Nate Berkus! I was much too shy to go talk to him and I am kicking myself now for that; ugh! Needless to say, it was a truly spectacular weekend. If you ever get the chance to go, I HIGHLY recommend it! I will go into more detail about what I saw and learned later on but for now, I'll leave you with a few snapshots of my favorite sights from the weekend.
Happy Valentine's Day! Be sure to send lovely greetings to all your loved ones today. I browsed Etsy's handmade cards today to find my favorite ways to say "I love you" and this is what I came up with. Love to you all! xxoxo
What will you be wearing this Valentine's Day? Luckily, red and blush pink colors are flooding retail stores right now - just in time for Valentine's! Blush pinks lend themselves to softer, flirtier, more feminine looks while reds make a bold statement. I am currently loving both and find it hard to decide which I like best. There is always the option of blending the two colors to create your own color attitude but I am not sure I like them mixed. What do you think? Red or Blush or Both?
Happy Valentine's Week! It has been a while since I've been on here and there is nothing like Valentine's Day to get me motivated to blog again! Single or not single, there is always a reason for EVERYONE to celebrate Valentine's Day! The reason: LOVE. If you are limited on time or not very crafty, turn to Etsy to gift, decorate and send love this Valentine's Day. Handmade love notes and jewelry are a very special way to show your loved ones you care. Support community artists and spread some handmade love. xxoo