Palm Springs Design in Pictures

My husband and I took a little four day getaway to Palm Springs last week.  We love Palm Springs, and have been back twice since we first honeymooned there three years ago.  Besides near perfect weather and golf in January, Palm Springs is an eclectic mix of design styles.  One side of town caters to wealthy retirees and snowbirds while the other side boosts a cool Mid-Century modern vibe including landmark homes of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.  So I thought I would recap some of my favorite Palm Springs design experiences over the years with some of my favorite pictures.

1. Bold Modern Buildings
I love the modern buildings that make a bold statement with bright colors and classic design.  This one is located in the heart of Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive.

2. Courtyards
Nothing more charming than coffee in a courtyard on a sunny morning.  Here is a classic courtyard off of El Paseo, a high-end shopping strip in Palm Desert, and a modern courtyard at Cheeky’s, a hip breakfast spot, on Palm Canyon Drive.

3. Mid Century Classics
We hit up the King’s Highway diner at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club.  This hot spot is housed in a restored Denny’s and boasts classic Mid-Century Modern design both in and out.

4. Views
Who needs artwork on a wall when you can have a picture window with this view.  Here is a pic from our timeshare patio at sunset.

5. Mid Century Shopping on Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Canyon Drive is filled with Mid Century second hand stores and vintage-inspired decor.  And shops like Trina Turk Residential and the Design Within Reach Annex offer plenty of new design inspiration.

6. Landscaping
The landscaping is incredible in Palm Springs.  Maybe it’s the array of succulents that draws my attention since I can’t keep any normal plants alive, but the use of desert plants and rock can’t be beat.  View from the pool at our timeshare.

7. Luxury
It’s always fun to indulge in a little luxury.  Our indulgence this year was at the Indian Wells Golf Resort where we enjoyed a lovely day of lunch, golf and sunset shirley temples with a view.   Here is the view from our lunch on the front patio.

And I was a sucker for the luxurious bathrooms.

 Oh and don’t forget the golf!

8.  Shopping on El Paseo
Very much the antithesis of  Palm Canyon Drive, El Paseo is high end fashion designers and interior design.  It has old world charm, great inspiration and even better people watching!

For more great Palm Springs design ideas check out the Palm Springs Design Guide on DesignSponge.

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