Sunny. Stylish. Modern. Desert Getaway.
A design destination surrounded by stunning natural desert beauty.
In each installment of “Places we’re dreaming about,” we offer you a mental escape to one of our favorite destinations. Exploring from afar, we share special spots for you to bookmark for future travel—plus some transporting cocktail recipes from local mixologists that you can mix up at at home while plotting your next trip.
Palm Springs is a glam vacation town in the Coachella Valley, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. Famed as the hangout for the Rat Pat and Hollywood royalty in its mid century heyday, Palm Springs is still a getaway for Los Angeles jet set. In addition to its celebrity history, the past lives on in Palm Springs’s midcentury architecture and in a thriving vintage shopping scene.
It’s strictly clothing and accessories at this beloved, vintage boutique where the vibe is more poolside glam than cocktail party. The Frippery describes its wares as “mod, resort, bohemian, and a little rock ‘n roll,” and almost everything in the shop is bursting with color and pattern. The Frippery recently launched their own line of vintage-inspired caftans under the name O’Pell to fill a hole in the vintage market.
Read our Palm Springs area vintage shopping guide here.
Visitors to Palm Springs will find many interesting recently-renovated hotels and new bars and restaurants thanks to the town’s encouragement of the tourist economy. One of our favorite watering holes is Seymour’s, a cocktail bar with an unmarked entrance tucked behind Mr. Lyons Steakhouse (233 E. Palm Canyon Drive).
The interior of Seymour’s has a dimly-lit, speakeasy vibe with an epic black-and-white-tiled bar, but it’s the patio complete with bocce courts that beckons on mild evenings. Co-owner and beverage director Steen Bojsen-Møller’s cocktail menu features freshly-squeezed juices, homemade syrups, and in one unusual twist, California’s favorite fruit: The avocado! Guests longing for edible nostalgia will appreciate the pimento dip on the bar menu. Though Seymour’s is currently closed, you can shake up one of their most interesting cocktails at home while you plot a future escape to Palm Springs.
Bring the desert style home
Get the fresh, modern California look with a desert rose palette.
1 Serape Rug | 2 Laundered Linen Sky Throw | 3 Pink Cadillac 1 Wall Art | 4 Mod Facet Turquoise Lamp | 5 Cactus Wall Art | 6 The Sunbather Wall Art | 7 Calamus Dove Swing Chair | 8 Carmen Ceramic Stool | 9 Jena Macrame Pillow | 10 Journey Pink Rug | 11 Urch Vessel | 12 Kissed Speedy Peony Vase | 13 Beauvoir Club Chair
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