I have been on such a donut kick lately. I wake up all the time wanting to hop in my car and try out new donut shops in town (if you live in the LA-area, my favorites at the moment are here & here- I love a good classic). Not only are they insanely delicious, but just looking at them makes me happy. Be on the lookout this week- I have a little donut-inspired download coming soon.
Sources (from top to bottom): Paper & Stitch, How Sweet It Is, Francisco Marin, Paper Source, DESIGNLOVEFEST, Sweet Style Blog, Instagram: collegeprepster, Style Me Pretty, Maison Cupcake, and Studio DIY.
One of my dearest friends Amy of Little Bright Studio just reopened her shop and I adore every pretty little thing in it. She has such an amazing eye for colors and patterns.
(Check out the Little Bright Studio website for more of Amy's work)
Not much to say on this balmy Saturday summer afternoon, except for the fact that I still cannot get enough of the bohemian gypsy trend in interior design. These homes makes me want to curl up with my cat and a book and never leave.
Sources (from top to bottom): Delightfully Tacky, Urban Outfitters, unknown, Apartment Therapy: Lauren & Stiles, Ana Lopo, Moon & Trees, The Bohemian Muse, Freunde von Freunden: Nor Toma, Bldg Blog, Emily Katz, vemae, and Ace Hotel.
Since we moved from Portland to Los Angeles a mere 31 hours after our wedding, we never got a honeymoon. Thankfully, we just managed to take a mini one out to Palm Springs over the weekend- five months late, but better late than never! I hadn't visited Palm Springs since I was pretty young, way before I got into modern design. This time, I was able to take in all the incredible midcentury design- I'm sure my husband got tired of me hopping out of the car every half mile, snapping nonstop photos with my phone and film camera. I thought I would share some of the iPhone photos that I took over the weekend. I definitely want to go back soon.
- 1. We didn't stay at the Ace Hotel but we were right next to it, so we kept stopping in for drinks and food. It's such a well-designed location, redesigned from a former Howard Johnson hotel.
- 2. The Kaufmann Desert House, designed by Richard Neutra in 1946.
- 3. The Alexander Estate, a.k.a. Elvis's Honeymoon Hideaway, built by Robert Alexander in 1960.
- 4. Papa Tony's Diner in San Bernardino. We ate here for breakfast on our way in- we both absolutely adore old diners.
- 5. The Cabazon Dinosaurs right outside Palm Springs. When I was a little kid, I was terrified of these (ha!), but now it's one of my favorite roadside attractions.
- 6. Del Marcos hotel, designed in 1947 by William F. Cody.
- 7. Now a Chase bank, but originally Coachella Valley Savings & Loan, designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1960.
- 8. On our way in, I had to make a stop at the Wigwam Motel on Route 66 in San Bernardino. I'm making plans to stay here as soon as we can. Built in 1949.
- 9. The Edris House, designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1954.
- 10. The Movie Colony Hotel, designed in 1935 by Albert Frey.
- 11. The iconic Tramway Gas Station (now the Palm Springs Visitors Center), designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers in 1965.
- 12. Me, enjoying vacation life in a cabana at our hotel (not pictured: fruity blended alcoholic beverage).
- 13. My husband proposed to me inside a photobooth at the Portland Ace Hotel. Since then, we have started a tradition of taking photobooth pictures in every Ace Hotel, hoping to have one from each of them someday. The Palms Springs Ace Hotel crosses number 4 off our list.
- 14. Our hotel: the Caliente Tropics, built in 1964 in classic Polynesian style.
- 15. Royal Sun Inn. Not sure when this was built, but we passed by it and I loved the look of it. Good signage is the best.
- 16. An old cargo train in the distance on our way out of Palm Springs. I love the desert.
- 17. It was hard for me not to constantly take pictures of all the beautiful cacti everywhere! These ones were in front of the Ace.
- 18. The Chase Hotel, built in the late fourties.
My oh my, it's hot down here in southern California. Here is some style inspiration for those days when the sun is blazing and sweat is pouring, but you still want to look good.
Sources (from top to bottom): Esther fromthesticks, Finch & Fawn, myvintagevogue, Brixton, Coline, Fashionista, The Pursuit Aesthetic, Foam Magazine, Therese Antonsen, and Karla Ticas.
I frequently notice that when I am pinning things, there are common color themes that I gravitate towards. Recently I've noticed a lot of pinks and blacks, which I think, other than just looking so damn good together, is the perfect mixture of feminine and masculine.
Pinned images (from top): Black Leather Sofa, Sarah Wood Illustration & Design, Pink Dress/Knee Socks, Mixed Chairs, The Art Of, Swinging Cat Necklace, Barry Leonard : Oh My Days, Cats Wallpaper, and Ceramics Monthly 1953.
The geometrics trend has been going on for awhile now, but I am definitely not sick of it. There is something so aesthetically pleasing about sharp lines and angles (especially in patterns). I have a feeling I'll be loving this look forever.
Sources (from top to bottom): A Merry Mishap, unknown, CUSTHOM, Annette O'Brien, ferm LIVING, Vanessa Jackman, arkpad, BRICK HOUSE, unknown, Pietro Russo, and Est Magazine.