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Palm Springs Modernism Week takes the SoCal desert by storm every February. To take a break from this snow-bird's roster of design events, tours and exhibitions (as well as endless unsanctioned parties and pop-ups), consider losing yourself just outside of town in the desert sun at the Hotel Lautner.
Formerly the iconic Desert Hot Springs Motel, this famed John Lautner property was recently purchased and renovated by Los Angeles based interior designer Tracy Beckmann of Tracy Beckman Design and furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge of Brown + Trowbridge. Although Beckmann has been making a name for herself for her slick, glammed-up commercial and hospitality spaces, Hotel Lautner is more of an exercise in Modernist provenance, showcasing the designer's love for Mid-Century design.
This is Madmen gone wild West. Interiors are true to the period with the "Bachelor Pad" room (pictured below) sporty a smoky, low-slung vibe.
Each room comes with a kitchenette, perfect for mixing a twilight martini. Period ceramics and art dot each of the rooms. We like how ceramic and painted table lamps throughout give each space an authentic vintage feel too.
Taken all together, this beautiful retreat is hard to leave. Comfortable rooms, a wading pool, BBQ pits, and the experience (if for a day) of living in a Lautner? You can count us in again next February. In the meantime, we'll be re-creating the place at home.
Doughnut Cross Brass Robert Abbey Ceiling Light
Wire Chrome Modern Zuo Bar Chairs
Arteriors Home Trenton Lacquered Wood Console
Zuo Whitby Glass and Chrome Dining Table
Trac Tree Brushed Steel Adjustable Task Floor Lamp
Palm Springs Modernism Week continues until February 24, 2013. We hope to see you there!
Images: Hotel Lautner
I always love seeing how current trends and tastes permeate all levels of living -- from the clothes we wear, to the linens we accessorize with. And yes, even lighting!
As I was perusing ESL's fantastic stock of stylish chandeliers, I couldn't help but be reminded of current jewelry trends I've spotted. I'm especially partial to the drama of the first pairing. What about you?
Decorating for a kids doesn't mean you have to throw style out the door. I find that adding a few stylish anchor pieces, that work for any age, is the best way to achieve stylish design in a kids space.
And for me, the best place to start is with lighting. Light fixtures always set the tenor for the room. After all, the pendant light is usually in the center, or the focal point, of the room.
Don't be afraid to think outside of the box. I have been known to use modern lighting, suited for a minimalist-minded grown up, in a nursery that was otherwise quite whimsical. I have also gone the route of using a fancy, unexpected and very shimmery chandelier in the playroom.
The great part about decorating for little ones is that you can mix things up and take creativity a bit further than you might in other rooms of your home.
Another added bonus is that when you use lighting (or any decor piece) that suites your grown up taste, it can easily be moved into another room of the house or simply "grow" with your child into the next stage or room style.
1. Eurofase Bronx Black Pendant Light 2. Possini Euro Design White Flower 3. Dandelion Shade Possini 4. Tech Top Charcoal Gray Drum Shade Suspension Ceiling Light
While I think there are endless options, these four fixtures are a favorite and would work well for both little ones and grown ups alike.
Images: Le Shop, Family Living, La Dolce Vita
Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!
+One thing we love is beautiful photography and nobody knows it better than National Geographic. There's a blog dedicated to nothing but vintage National Geographic photography and it's amazing to scroll through.
+Ladies, creatives and home lovers you must head over to The Everygirl and check out their amazing giveaway to celebrate their 1-year anniversary. There's even a Robert Abbey lamp giveaway from yours truly.
+Hey LED lovers, who also love your dogs. Check out these super cool dog leashes made of tiny LED lights.
+If you love Los Angeles, aren't sure yet or just want a little intelligent insight, Moby shares his architectural thoughts on Dwell.
+No matter what you're doing this weekend, you'll wish you were vacationing at this home in the San Juan Islands of Washington. The entire home is a transformer, with adjusting roof, walls and even floors depending on the weather and time of day. You can watch the stars from a bathtub!
An entry hallway sets the tone for your home. It’s the first thing your guests see as they walk into your house. A Modern hallway may seem like ordinary pass-through that doesn't require a second thought, but with a little attention, these spaces can take on a personality of their own.
No doubt lighting can play a huge roll in modern hallway design. That’s why I’ve pulled together two different ways you can dress up your hallway with lighting – sconces and ceiling lights.
Too often we fall back on the ever-reliable table lamp or typical overhead pendant light — not that there is anything wrong with these options — but maybe it’s time to spruce up your entry with lighting that takes it up a notch! Go for that sconce, pendant or chandelier that you think makes a great statement.
Robert Abbey Havana Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Meurice Nickel Chandelier, ET2 Cassini Chrome Xenon Wall Sconce, Possini Ornament Aged Silver Chandelier, Chrome Artcraft Brooklyn Globe Pendant Light, Anemone Robert Abbey Ceiling or Wall Light
Images: Desire to Inspire, Savor Home
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