Posts Tagged: Trina Turk


“We’re thrilled to introduce an excellent selection of Trina Turk and Mr Turk to friends of the brand, and newcomers alike. We’ve been treated to Charlotte’s southern hospitality, and we look forward to reciprocating at our new boutique.” -Trina Turk

We have been devoted fans of Trina Turk long before her visit to Charlotte in 2012 as our guest of honor for the Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Fall EnrichMint Forum. Ever since that visit where Trina and her husband Jonathan Skow (aka Mr. Turk) charmed everyone with their fashions and passion for architecture and and design, we have hoped they would open a boutique here in the Queen City.  To our delight, that wish is coming true this summer and we have the pleasure of collaborating with them to design their new boutique. See below for the inspiration behind the design….and come visit the boutique opening August 1st at Southpark.


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.

Via Loews Magazine

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.

Via Palm Springs Life

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!


Trina Turk Boutique
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.
Surprise Swag Bags at our Hotel
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!
Trina Swimwear
Trina Pillows
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.
Mid Century Tourism Posters
Vintage Jewelry at Flow Modern
Flow Modern
Black Coral Beauties at Flow Modern
Franz Kline-Inspired Work by Myke Reilly
Flow Modern
Mid Century Settee in Coral Crushed Velvet
Encaustic by Johanna Bautzer
Abstract Painting of the San Francisco Skyline
Over-scaled Mid Century Lamps
Kinetic Sculpture at Retrospect
Acrylic by David Allan Peters
Raymond Lawrence
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.
Bar at Workshop Kitchen + Bar
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


All of this snowy weather has me longing for warmer destinations, lounging by the pool, and soaking up the sun. My all time favorite hotel is The Parker Palm Springs designed by the incredibly creative and talented Jonathan Adler.  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.

There is a surprise around every corner at The Parker.  The estate has been configured as a series of outdoor rooms with pathways hidden among tall hedges.  You never know what you will find at the end of each path….it could be a gorgeous pool set against the backdrop of the mountains and palms, a croquet lawn, the colorful PSYC Spa, or the delightful Lemonade Stand seen in the image below (complete with mist to fight off the desert heat).

The architecture and interiors blend together seamlessly.  From the entrance through the infamous orange doors, pops of orange connect the eye through the lounge areas and onto the terrace where Norma’s restaurant is located.

The chic and cleverly named Mini-Bar off of the main hotel lobby…

In addition to the spa and various villas, guests will discover clay tennis courts, two saline swimming pools, petanque, fire pits, hammocks, croquet, and charming lounge areas nestled into the grounds of the estate.

Each villa is decorated in typical “Mrs. Parker” style with furnishings and accessories from Jonathan Adler along with vintage mid century furnishings and art.

The Palm Springs Yacht Club (cheekily known as PSYC) features world class treatments set in a colorful nautical theme. The spa also has an indoor pool, fitness center and outdoor garden and dining. Click here to see a hilarious video of the amenities at the spa.


We believe in the American country club experience: mixed doubles, a long steam, and a stiff cocktail. We believe in inner beauty. But, do what you can on the outside. We believe in old-world etiquette and new age simplicity. We believe you can swim right after you eat. We believe we should trust those seeking enlightenment and doubt those who claim to have found it. We believe the earth is three-quarters water, and your body is three-quarters water, and… this is purely coincidence. We believe in good sport as well as fitness: Pétanque and Pastis, Pimms Cup and Croquet, Snooker and single malt whiskey. We believe you are only young once… but you can be immature forever. .

My fun-loving travel partners…accessory designer turned stylist Jodianne Johnson and artist extraordinaire Windy O’Connor. A special thank you also goes out to Trina Turk for getting this trip donated as an auction item for the Mint Museum Auxiliary.
For more fabulousness from Jonathan Adler, click on this video to see how he inspires his team to hip hop their way to their inner creativity….
Here we are meeting Jonathan at the flea market in Paris….this made our whole trip!
All images from the Parker Palm Springs unless otherwise noted.


Surrounded by Good Vibrations

Forgive me friends….it has been 368 days since my last post! After a year dedicated to volunteering and fundraising for The Mint Museum Auxiliary, I am back to solely focusing on interior design and easing back into the world of blogging.  Special thanks to my VERY patient and supportive clients that allowed me to fuel my passion for arts education and acquisitions while working with them this past year.

Over the past twelve months, I have met some of the most inspirational and creative people I have ever encountered. From fashion designers and fundraising gurus to interior design icons and volunteers, I have been blown away by the passion and energy of these talented individuals. The common trait that they all possess is their positive energy and their willingness to share their passion with others.

I was fortunate enough to attend a design conference in Paris this fall and visit Maison & Objet for the first time. I was blown away by the words of the Maison & Objet Observatoire, a small group of French design experts that analyze the current dynamics and changing influences in art, media, home, fashion, and architecture each year. This year’s theme was “ENERGIES” as described below….

The time has come to recharge our batteries. Where design is concerned, we should not save our energies. Quite the reverse. We are encouraging use when circulating GOOD VIBRATIONS… Positive , optimism-inducing waves are electrifying the established order.  This is a beneficent motion that is freeing our imaginations, reinvigorating unexpected aesthetics and activating alternative currents. (To see the full video, click here.)

This idea summed up everything I have been experiencing over the past year and strive to apply to my design practice. From collaborating with clients and workrooms to brainstorming with fellow colleagues, feeding off of each other’s positive energy only yields better results.

Tomorrow, I am off to Nashville on another adventure to attend The Southern Coterie Summit with designers Holly Hollingsworth Phillips and Margaret Fisher for more inspiration with some of the South’s most creative minds. The organizers have put together a fabulous line up of speakers to help us connect, collaborate and create. Stay tuned for details….updates to follow!