I am in the midst of getting myself ready for a long weekend in Palm Springs with a few other bloggers and some of my favorite people from Bing to spend some time being creative together and exploring the town. Bing is going to be showing us all some new things they’ve got brewing and I’ll be sure to take careful notes to come back and share with you all!
I’ve never been to Palm Springs before, but I am so looking forward to it. Partly because its been a tundra in the midwest all winter and I am ready to not be cold for the first time since last fall, and partly because I’m excited to be trying out somewhere new with a bunch of creative and amazing bloggers. It’s such an inspiring place to talk about design and learn new things.
Speaking of new things, when I think about Palm Springs, I always think of it as almost the exact opposite of my ‘comfort zone’ for design. I’m mostly neutral, minimal, industrial and a little glam. While Palm Springs is known for being over-the-top colorful and embraces everything mid-century. It has a 50’s desert glamour that is hard to describe. I would say the only thing about the style that aligns with mine is the desert part – it goes with my natural inclinations.
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When I look at photos of the Ace hotel in Palm Springs, I begin to wonder if our styles aren’t such a big departure after all. Natural textures are everywhere. There are lots of warm neutrals – amber, rust, marigold, wood grain. While the overall thought of Palm Springs isn’t necessarily minimal, the lines of mid-century designs sure are. The Eames chairs, the clean stucco facades of buildings.
Now, the style of the town and the design that will surround me has me curious. What inspiration will I find that will make it’s way back here to House of Earnest? Maybe a bunch, or maybe just a few little ideas. I still don’t think I’d deck my house out in the Palm Springs style, but that’s why vacationing in it and being open to new design ideas will be so fun.
Tell me, is there a place you’ve been that’s opened your mind to a distinct style? Where was it?