Saturday, April 23, 2011

Piddling in Palms Springs...

Palm Springs is having another moment...There have been many surges of youth and culture that have hit this beautiful area in it's relatively short history. One being the "Frank Sinatra" era in the late 50's and early 60's, that kind of turned into "the epicenter of old", and then came the "Less than Zero, Robert Downing Jr." cocaine kids from L.A.,in the 80's moment, and another moment now, with Coachella bringing the cool kids from L.A. (and further), to see some amazing bands play in a virtual dust bowl. The pressure is on to see who will win their attention...

I had not been for a while, and never really explored the area much, so this time 
went for a gorgeous hike,(that I still feel dehydrated from!). 
Driving through the desert, there is an area where the native people settled, called Palm Canyon, and it literally looks like you are coming upon a mirage, a little circle of paradise, in the middle of the parched, and dusty earth all around.

And then...Behold...A flippin' waterfall right there, under a bunch of enormous boulders, that the Native American's used to slide down, from 20 feet above, plunging into the pool of water. This is why they call it, "Palm Springs", because there is a huge source of water under this town, literally "a spring". I never would have fully understood this, considering Palm Springs (for the most part) feels, and looks like a dusty clay pot, with pockets of un-natural looking green areas, and golf courses, if I had not talked to this AMAZING Native American park ranger with more knowledge of the "important stuff", than anyone I have ever come in contact with...








Caves, with water dripping down the interior surface of the boulders...

Ok, now on to the superficial stuff...Shopping!

There were really only a couple of stores that drew my attention.Which I actually liked, because it kind of forced me to stay by the pool...Blvd, House 849, and Trina Turk Home, were all very nice...



House 849


House 849

      
Do not have any idea what this is,
But it looked cool and it had horns....HORNS...I kinda like NOT knowing...
                                                                      (House 849)














 The Parker was definitely my favorite of all of the hotels in the area...The rooms that I were shown were a tad small, but Jonathan Adler did an insane job with the design. What I loved the most was the stringy drapes...I need those...If any of you have been to The Parker and know where to find those drapes...Please do tell!!:)











The drapes above are gorgeous...







Of course I HAD to check out "The Ace", and had a wonderful time with the super talented,
(Interior Designer to watch), super cute, super authentic, and really nice guy, Grant Gibson...

I could have hung out all day with this guy...(More on Grant, and his work, soon...)

Ricotta, banana, walnut, date, something else and something else, delicious pancake...

I have so many images I have been stockpiling to do a post on wall hangings, that are so back from the 70's it is not even funny...I have fond memories of HUGE looped wall hangings my grandmother had hanging all over her walls....Oh how I wish I had those now...


Doorknob LOVE...




 I know...The way overdone blog post, of the foot in front of the pool shot...I thought about putting them on a toilet, or the hood of the killer dodge charger that was our rental car, but alas, the day grew long and I grew tired...and lazy...And here are my feet...sore, hot, bloated, and thirsty...




Photo's by Jennifer Ament

3 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello:
We are amazed. Amazed at the landscape, the merchandise, the shops, the hotel.... Nothing like this in the whole of Hungary or, most likely, Eastern Europe!

Until now we had no idea where the name Palm Springs came from, and how interesting that it has developed in the way in which it has.

Some, no many, of the things which you show here are, we fear, most covetable. And especially some of the vintage things. A most exciting and enjoyable post.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Your pictures are THE BEST!
SO LOVED seeing you!

xx

Jennifer Ament said...

LOVE YOU talented man!!! Can't wait to see you again!

XX

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