Posts Tagged: Palm Springs

JONATHAN ADLER: FALL ENRICHMINT FORUM AND NEW INTRODUCTIONS

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Jonathan Adler has always been one of my design heros. His love of the creative process, ability to effortessly mix high and low, and his infectious sense of humor make him irresistably charming. I am beyond thrilled that he will be coming to Charlotte next month for the Fall EnrichMINT Forum sponsored by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. The first time I read his company mainfesto, I was completely hooked with all things Jonathan Adler….
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A trip to the Adler-designed Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, gave me a bigger dose of his spectacular imagination.  Mr. Adler’s sense of humor is evident is every detail of the design and branding of the hotel. He created the hotel as the estate of the fictional “Mrs. Parker”, a chic, eccentric globe-trotting collector and lady of leisure. The modern mix of bohemian decor reflects Mrs. Parker’s wanderlust and items collected on her travels around the world. Click here to read the full post.

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Now, we are lucky enough to host Mr. Adler (and his charming partner Simon Doonan, Barney’s Creative Ambassador-at-Large) right here in Charlotte! I cannot wait to see how event chairs and designers extraordinaire Kathryn Dixon and Carrie Miller of Dixon Miller Interiors  trip out the museum channeling the Manifesto above. The evening includes a champagne reception, light bites, conversation and book signing of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life. Tickets are $150 each and be purchased online by clicking here. Proceeds benefit children’s educational programming, exhibitions and acquisitions for The Mint Museum.

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FALL INTRODUCTIONS-click here to see the full collection

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LAMPERT GRAND SOFA, RIDER LOUNGE CHAIRS, JACQUES SIDE TABLE AND COCKTAIL TABLE, PERUVIAN FLATWEAVE RUG, JENNA SNYDER PEACOCK GOUACHE, AND ACCESSORIES

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HAINES CHAIR, CHANNING CONSOLE, BARCELONA ACCENT LAMPS

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VERTIGO SWIVEL CHAIRS, JACQUES COCKTAIL TABLE, MALTA TRIPTYCH, STELLA BANANA SILK RUG, GENEVA FLOOR LAMP, BRASS ORB, STELLA WEB SATIN STITCH PILLOW

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CARACAS CHANDELIER, GOLDFINGER LOUNGE CHAIRS, RIDER ETAGERES, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, BAXTER T-ARM SOFA, ZIG ZAG THROW, GILDED PILLOWS, MALACHITE STAIN STICH PILLOWS, ARIES COCKTAIL TABLE, ABACA RUG

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GOLDFINGER DINING CHAIR, CHANNING DESK, CANNAN TABLE LAMP, JACQUES PEDESTAL, ATLAS BUST, FUTURA DRIP URN, CRAWFORD REVERSIBLE RUG, SALVADOR AND MISIA BRASS ORBS

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MR. 7 MRS. GODFREY CHAIRS, MR. & MRS. NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS, ANTWERP FLOOR LAMP, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, RELEIF VASES, STEPPED BRIDGET BANANA SILK RUG

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THE GOLDFINGER COLLECTION

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TALITHA PILLOWS

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1948 ° DINNERWARE

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JACQUES BAR CART

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POP DECANTERS

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GLOBO COLLECTION

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The entire series of INSPIRATION POINT with JONATHAN ADLER is incredible. Take a peek into his Fantasy Factory and wild world by watching every episode!

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LCDQ LEGENDS 2015 RECAP: PART 2

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”- Oscar Wilde

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3 days & 30 events…To give a sense of the incredibly content packed schedule at LCDQ’s LEGENDS event, I thought it would be fun to take you through one of the 16 hour days to see just how much creative energy you can absorb at this spectacular event. The logistics behind this event are mind boggling…not only do the organizers recruit and manage multiple speakers at various venues throughout the week, but they also throw amazing parties, each with their own distinct atmosphere.  Designers are by nature a very tough crowd to impress and the LCDQ hosts never disappoint.

The La Cinega Design Quarter was founded in 2007 to promote the burgeoning antiques and design neighborhood on one of LA’s oldest thouroughfares. Since the 1950s, it has been the design destination for legends such as Billy Haines, Elsie de Wolfe, Tony Duquette, and Frances Elkins. These creative spirits seem to permeate the atmosphere…especially during LEGENDS.

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Scott Meachum Wood, Me, Denise McGaha, Tami Ramsay, Will Taylor, Jennifer Mehditash

Our first official day began at the beautiful Renaissance Tile showroom for the Blogger Breakfast sponsored by Luxe Magazine. Knowing most of the crowd had very late nights, I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone bright eyed early in the morning to greet us.

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With fellow ambassadors Jennifer Boles & Paloma Contreras

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The first keynote speech was sponsored by Veranda at the Jonas Showroom. Entitled “Page Turners,” editor-in-chief Clinton Smith led a panel with designers turned authors and the highs of lows of publishing. Discussing the creative and business sides of publishing their monographs, they elaborated on how they translated their individual points of view onto the printed page.

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Clinton Smith, Markham Roberts, Winddor Smith, Brian McCarthy

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Next keynote, “Not Your Mother’s Traditional sponsored by Traditional Home at George Smith. Senior Design and Lifestyle Editor Jenny Bradley discussed the new meaning of “traditional” with entertaining panelists Elizabeth Dinkel, Madeline Stewart and Thomas Callaway.

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The Elle Decor Power Lunch at the stunning Compas Showroom is always one of the most elegant events.  The courtyard setting beautifully adorned with abundant flowers is breathtaking every year.

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Robert Rufino, Michael Boodroo and Guest

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Catherine Connelly, Celerie Kemble, Roxanne Hanna, Joe Lucas and Rebecca Dane

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The Egg and Dart Showroom hosted “Branding Beyond the Candle” with interior and product designer Christopher Kennedy, photographer turned fashion designer Jonathan Skow (aka Mr. Turk) and moderated by the delightful Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightly. They shared their secrets of building a brand that appeals to a broad audience while staying true to their creative visions.

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Matching ensembles with Mr. Turk

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Complete with live mermen, the Tufenkian windows were some of the most visited during LCDQ. They hosted “Makers as Muse” moderated by Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief of Luxe Magazine. She lead a conversation with Molly Luetkemeyer, Joe Lucas and Betsy Burnham on the artisans and craftsmen that serve and inspire them and what fuels them to keep their designs fresh and forward thinking.

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The final keynote of the day  “The Art of Upcycling” was held at the gorgeous Woven Accents showroom. Led by Domaine’s creative director Mat Sanders, actress and Honest Company founder Jessica Alba, Ginna Christensen of Woven Accents, Chairish.com’s Anna Brockaway discussed innovations in green living and the perks of up-cycling in interior design today.

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Next up the parties! House Beautiful and the Stark family hosted a cocktail party welcoming Sophie Donelson, the new Editor in Chief in the stunning stark showroom. The gorgeous rugs provided a beautiful backdrop for another insanely attractive crowd!

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Lovely Sophie Donelson taking center stage

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Sophie Donelson with Nate Berkus

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With Tony Buccola, Holly Phillips and Shaun Smith

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The Sherle Wagner showroom hosted the Tributes party complete with live jazz, crafted cocktails and hilarious scenarios for photo ops with their products.

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Victoira Larson, Amy Meier, Tami Ramsay and Patrick Dragonette

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Danielle Rollins and Bill Ingram

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Kerry Joyce, Michael Boodroo and Chuck Comeau hosted the official LEGENDS After Party at the exquisite Therian showroom.  Knowing that the crowd had experienced and overload of visual stimulation during the day, they made sure to come up with some imaginative and exciting entertainment to capture everyone’s attention.

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Fire eating performers…

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Dueling musicians perched above the crowd….

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And the grand finale…Cirque du Soleil inspired performance artists to cap off an epic day.

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And was just the first day!  Be sure to check back to read about the final day of LCDQ which was equally as inspiring and entertaining.  For more of my design musings, be sure to follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.  Thanks for reading and please come back again!

Photography by JL Photography unless otherwise noted.

72 HOURS IN PALM SPRINGS FINALE: TRINA TURK’S SHIP OF THE DESERT

The grand finale to our Palm Springs adventure was a visit to the “Ship of the Desert,” Trina Turk and Jonathan Skow’s beloved modernist home. The house had originally been commissioned by the Davidson family during the Great Depression as a winter retreat. In 1936, California Arts and Architecture magazine featured the home on its cover that had previously only shown traditional architecture and interiors. The house was so unusual that it inspired a transformation of the entire region to embrace modernist design.

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The Art Moderne house was built by the architecture team of Wilson and Webster.  In addition to the distinctive streamlined architecture, the house was also innovative in that it was designed from the inside out. The interiors and built in furnishings were part of the earliest stages of planning the house. The original designer, Honor Easton, worked with the architects very closely to ensure no details were left out. In fact, when the American Institute of Architects honored the house in 1938, Easton was named in the award, not the architects Wilson and Weber.

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In 1998, Trina Turk and Jonathan Skow previewed the house at the urging of their realtor.  It was not in the style, size, or location they had originally wanted, but they fell in love and bought it. Halfway through the renovation, a devastating fire destroyed most of the house and they had to rebuild. This gave them the opportunity to work with Marmol Radziner, a Santa Barbara firm, that specializes in museum quality mid-century modern restorations. They worked with the original architectural plans and followed them to the exact specifications including plumbing fixtures and hardware. The curved walls and redwood balconies resemble a ship’s deck.

Trina and Jonathan have filled the house with abstract works of art, textiles and furnishings ranging from the 1930s-70s. The living room has lighting around the perimeter of the ceiling to actuate the curved shape. All views are oriented towards the vista of the Coachella Valley or towards the swimming pool which was added to the house in the 1950s. The elevation of the pool adds to its privacy…one only sees mountains or palm trees in any direction. in any direction.

JetSetModernist  described the house perfectly…“The house sits proudly on its hill, commanding presence, like a patriarch enjoying the brood of rambunctious mid-century modern children gathered at its feet. Thanks to the foresight of its saviors and current stewards, it will continue to transform the acolytes of architecture who visit it for generations to come.”

After a fabulous tour, we were treated to an amazing meal poolside.  All ingredients were locally sourced and included honey Jonathan had extracted himself….very impressive. Their hospitality made our trip beyond memorable. The “Ship of the Desert” wholeheartedly embodies the lifestyle that Trina Turk represents.  She claims that Palm Springs is her muse and we could not agree more!  Our creative pilgrimage to the desert left all of us feeling very inspired and ready to channel our experiences into our respective fields. Thanks to Trina and Jonathan for making us feel so welcome!

Until next time!

72 HOURS IN PALM SPRINGS: DAY 2

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Designed by Kelly Wearstler
Our trip to Palm Springs was thanks to the gracious and generous Trina Turk. She had come to The Mint Museum as the keynote speaker for a fundraiser and had the Palm Springs weekend donated as part of the Silent Auction. Trina is just as optimistic and lovely as one would expect.  Her brand is a true extension of her delightful personality and her contemporary and colorful aesthetic.
She and her equally talented and charming husband Jonathan Skow (aka Mr. Turk) founded the company in 1995. Jonathan not only photographs and styles all of the shoots, but he is also known as the “Director of Inspiration.” The company has grown into an iconic lifestyle brand that creates eleven annual collections of women’s ready to wear and accessories, swimwear, active wear, Mr. Turk menswear, residential decor and textiles. In 2014, the company will  launch their footwear, handbag and jewelry collections.
To our delight, we were greeted with gift bags from Trina upon our arrival, complete with beach towels, jewelry and our very own VIP cards to use at the boutique.
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Trina and Jonathan fell in love with Palm Springs in the 1990s and became immersed in the renaissance of the Palm Springs community. They purchased their mid century home “The Ship of the Desert” in 1998 and opened the boutique in 2001. (More to come on “The Ship of the Dessert” in my next post)  Trina wanted to create a boutique that captured the essence of what her collection embodied…”the cocktails by the pool” lifestyle of Palm Springs. She enlisted the help of Kelly Wearstler to design the space after seeing her work at the Viceroy. The boutique looks just  as fresh and modern today as the day it opened. We lingered at the boutique for hours and literally tried on just about everything in stock!
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For brunch, Cheeky’s is the best in town.  The wait is definitely worth it…where else can you order a flight of bacon? Chef Tara Lazar only uses fresh local ingredients and takes brunch to an entire new culinary level.
After brunch, the shopping along North Palm Canyon is out of this world.  The galleries and boutiques are full of mid century wares, vintage fashions and jewelry. Some of our favorites were Flow Modern Design, Retrospect, PS Modern Way and Raymond Lawrence.
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Vintage Jewelry at Flow Modern
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Black Coral Beauties at Flow Modern
Franz Kline-Inspired Work by Myke Reilly
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Mid Century Settee in Coral Crushed Velvet
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Encaustic by Johanna Bautzer
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Abstract Painting of the San Francisco Skyline
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Over-scaled Mid Century Lamps
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Kinetic Sculpture at Retrospect
Acrylic by David Allan Peters
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Kenny Irwin Sculpture Garden
Located at 1077 Granvia Valmonte, the Kenny Irwin Sculpture Park is not to be missed.  Kenny’s father handed over his 2 acre property to his son to fulfill his creative fantasy. Kenny uses found objects, melds them together and paints them in vibrant colors to create a wonderful of offbeat, imaginative sculptures. Kenny says his work is inspired by his vivid dreams of aliens and distant planets. He collects everything from old typewriters, computers, slot machines, to air compressors and garbage cans, to realize his visions.

By the late afternoon, search out one of the many local haunts with air conditioning blasting.  We went to The Tropicale, reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs.

Workshop Kitchen + Bar is not to be missed for locally sourced food (within 100 miles) in an industrial chic setting. The original Spanish Colonial building was transformed into a sleek, modern restaurant with 27 foot high cathedral ceilings, sleek seating and concrete walls. Chef Michael Beckman draws quite a crowd with his crafted custom cocktails and farm to table food.  The space is usually fully booked.  Be sure to make reservations weeks in advance.
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Dining Room at Workshop Kitchen + Bar
Back at The Parker Palm Springs, have a nightcap at the dark and groovy Mister Parker’s.  To get the essence of the “joint”, be sure to click here.
Nightcaps at Mister Parker’s
Complete with White Baby Grand