3.14.2013

Palm Springs Modernism Week Bus Tour

While I was in Palm Springs for Modernism Week, I took an architectural bus tour throughout the city. The double decker tour explored some of the most famous architectural landmarks of Palm Springs and several celebrity homes. If you ever get the chance to take one of these tours, I highly recommend it. Our tour guide had an abundance of information to share and being able to view everything from the second story, we could see much more than you could in a small car. Here are just a few of the places we viewed...

The Dinah Shore Estate was designed in 1963 by Donald Wexler

Elizabeth Taylor's Palm Spring Estate was built in the 1930's.

This home, designed by A. Quincy Jones was used in Oceans Eleven. 

The Honeymoon House
Priscilla and Elvis honeymooned at this home in 1967. The story goes that they were going to get married and have the reception around the pool of this home with their closest friends and family. Rona Barrett, a  famous gossip columnist, lived around the corner and revealed to the public this news. Priscilla and Elvis snuck out in the middle of the night and flew to Vegas in Frank Sinatra's private plane and were married there. They flew back to Palm Springs right away and stayed here for their honeymoon.

The Kaufmann House built in 1946 by Richard Neutra. 
Barry Manilow was one of the many owners who lived here after Kaufmann died. 

Bank of America was constructed in 1959 by Victor Gruen Associates.

The Palm Springs Visitor Center designed by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers from 1963-1965. 
This was originally the Tramway Gas Station but now is the official Visitor Center of Palm Springs.

The Wexler Steel Houses were constructed in 1961 and designed by Donald Wexler. 
While Wexler set out to build a whole neighborhood of affordable prefab steel houses, only 7 steel homes were built due to the rising cost of steel.  

The Wexler Steel Houses
The Wexler Steel Houses
The Wexler Steel Houses
The Wexler Steel Houses

Palm Springs City Hall, constructed between 1952-1957 by Albert Frey

The Twin Palm Estates were designed by William Krisel and Dan Saxon Palmer in 1960 and built by George Alexander Construction Company. The majority of the community in Twin Palms has done a remarkable job   of maintaining the original architectural beauty of these homes. How amazing is that landscaping?!


This vacation home was designed by Moises Esquenazi & Associates. 
This has always been one of my all time favorite homes. I remember seeing it in a magazine or online somewhere a few years back and instantly fell in love.  I was so thrilled when our double decker drove right up to it - seriously, it made my day.

The "Ship of the Desert" was built in 1936 by Adrian Wilson and Erle Webster. 
In 1998, the home was destroyed in a fire and was re-built according to the original plans by fashion designer, Trina Turk & her photographer husband, Jonathan Skow. 

The Robot House
In a neighborhood filled with classic modern architecture and celebrity homes, you will certainly be caught off guard when you see a rainbow of robots scattered around a corner property. I don't know who owns this place or what the deal is but I seem to always appreciate it when I see it. 





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3.11.2013

The Marrakesh Tour Continues Again

I am back to share more from my Marrakesh Country Club Home Tour! If you missed Part 1 or 2, be sure to check them out for a greater overview of the fabulous Marrakesh lifestyle. The last house I will be sharing about from the tour was another favorite of mine. The home spoke in relaxing tones and was rich with texture and pops of color. 

The front patio of the home.
The living room was by far my favorite. A strong feeling of luxurious relaxation hit me dead on and I loved it. The various creams and golds brought on the fancy, while wandering textures and drift wood relaxed the room. 
A wall which would otherwise be used for showcasing knick-knacks and collecting dust is covered with three giant paintings. These paintings were spectacular. The explosion of color is so dynamic and so full of energy, yet their neutral backgrounds still offer the relaxation that is needed for the space. The gold and cream rug is too die for - it's one that I have had my eye on for quite some time and I think the designers executed it perfectly.
The back patio continues with the neutral color palette and the wandering natural elements that bring in the high energy levels. 
The back patio had two seating areas and both were gorgeous. Both seating areas were inviting and luxurious.
The dining room table was set beautifully and had a fantastic glass chandelier suspended above. No, it is not a Chihuly, but I think it's still quite nice. The chandelier was a perfect pairing to the room. The living/dining space felt as if it was showcasing the beauty and comfort of the chaos in nature. 
The kitchen was on the smaller side but was well designed for the space.  
At the back of the kitchen sat a small sitting area for two. I have to say, I kinda like the idea of having a comfortable seating area like this in the kitchen area for guests to sit and sip wine while they wait for the food to be ready. This way, the guests stay out of the cook's way and everyone is happy!

The master bedroom was luxe in gold and had linens with glamorous sheen and sparkle.  The only thing that slightly bothered me was the mirror above the bed. I feel that for such a rich room, the mirror was lacking the oomph that the rest of the space had. Even no mirror may have been a better choice?
The wall opposite the bed showcased an array of neutral toned sculpture and glass pieces. This wasn't my favorite but I think the shelving is quite nice.
The Master Bath.

If you read my last post on the home tour, you will know that I felt there was a big disconnect in the last home I toured. Well, I felt it again here. The guest bedrrom was well designed but it didn't go with the rest of the house. The house was mostly neutral, natural and relaxing with touches of glamour. However, the guest bedroom was loud, bold and contrasty. Like I said, I really liked this room but it didn't make sense when compared with the rest of the home. I believe that a separate designer was assigned to only one room, which may be the reason for the disconnect.
The guest bedroom had a small extended room attached, which had this edgy feel with the black and red wallpaper and studded console. I loved the whole idea of it but again, there was such a big disconnect from here to the rest of the house that I had a time fully embracing it.



3.06.2013

The Marrakesh Tour Continues...


If you saw my post last week on the Marrakesh Country Club, you will know that I visited Palm Springs Modernism Week. There were several open houses on the Marrakesh Country Club home tour. The "Medina" house was the second home we visited and was for sale. A group of interior designers designed this home for the tour. Appropriately,  this home was modern with a lot of Moroccan influence. I really enjoyed the design in this home except I felt a big disconnect from one of the three bedrooms to the rest of the home. Come inside and I'll tell you why.


The front patio of the home.
The first thing you see as you walk in the door is this wonderful partition. I thought the designers did an amazing job of bringing in the Moroccan influence with the pattern but the grey and white color palette kept it very modern and clean. 
Peek around the partition and you will find a rich creamy living room.

The fireplace wall was one of my favorite things on our entire tour. I though that the wallpapered fireplace was genius. The fireplace is a beautiful focal point and is framed by stunning lacquered white light fixtures. Each light fixture has a built in seat with storage below. Again, the mostly neutral palette but bold graphic patterns is such a success for marrying Moroccan design in a modern home. 

Gorgeous, right?


My lovely mother (on the right) and I took a second to pose on the back side of the entryway partition. I just so happened to coordinate very well with the home. 
The back patio wasn't all that exciting but as all the Marrakesh homes have, there was very relaxing view of the pristine grounds and the pool wasn't too far in the distance.
This is one of the three bedrooms of the home. The designers chose to make it more of a bonus room for lounging and watching television. I thought the red ikat poufs were a great idea for versatile seating. I actually recognized them from Target... they are really for the outdoors but I thought that since this room opens up to the front patio, they could easily be used inside or outside and still coordinate with the patio decor. I am not sure if that was the designer's thought process on that or not but I think it's a good idea!
The sofa in the bonus room has a lovely array of pillows, again, coordinating well with the outdoor patio fabrics for an easy transition from indoor/outdoor. 

A Palm Springs home is never complete without an Audrey.

The lounge area directly outside of the bonus room. As you can see, the same pillows are used here. 

The guest bathroom.
The master bedroom has a beautiful wood carved headboard with colorful pillows, while the rest of the room remains mostly neutral. The master has access to the back patio; a place where I would love to sip my morning coffee. 
The dark console and dark blue painting is a very nice anchor to the room. I am not that crazy about the hanging light fixture but I can see why some people would like it.
As wild as I was about the fireplace wall in this home, the master bath was by far my favorite thing in the home, if not entire tour. The cabinet pulls are simply to die for and the styling of the accessories is beyond! 

How gorgeous is this bath tub and light fixture? I mean, I'm drooling here! I love that everything is offset. Perfection. 
This is where the disconnect for me occurs... this guest bedroom looses me on the color palette and with the furniture selection. 
The guest bedroom has an attached bath which I really, really want to like but the color choice of the painted design makes me cringe. I see the Moroccan influence but I lose the modern/contemporary here. The sinks and the mirrors are gorgeous but they get lost by the overpowering color on the walls. Perhaps if the designer used the same grey from the entryway partition, the painted pattern would not overwhelm the space?  
Like I said, I reallllly want to like this bathroom; I mean, look at the tub, it's beautiful! I just can't get past the color palette - I feel like the colors are shouting at each other. I really feel that this bathroom would have been a success if the colors remained neutral. What do you think? Do you think this bathroom is a hit or a miss? 



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