PALM SPRINGS SETTING US RIGHT AGAIN

So as you know, we joined some friends and rented a little mid-century gem in Palm Springs last week over the kids' spring break.  It was an Airbnb rental and to my great pleasure there was NOTHING I would have changed about the aesthetics of our setting.  Every detail, right down to the mid-century lawn furniture and patio planters, was sheer perfection.  


The house itself was done in a very well-edited, all-white palette, with just a few shots of restrained color here and there.  It was completely mid-century modern without being overdone or kitchsy.  The white palette made for SUCH a soothing vacation vibe ... clean, calming, uncluttered, unbusy ... all the things you want to feel when you're away on vacation.  





(This is a link for a house we nearly took but didn't ... and while it looks fun and all, I think you'll see the difference between the two right away.)

But back to our vacation ...





We all took our "down time" very seriously, leaving the house only for provisions, cooking up plenty of delicious goodness for each other, and eating and drinking all meals together in the beautiful back yard.  Never ate out once.  Love that.


You know how it usually takes a couple days to fully unwind when you finally get away on vacation?  We were so good about just chilling that I think full relaxation was in effect easily by day 2 ... I mean, do these people look stressed out to you?





These two little cuties were the only ones working.  Somehow they co-wrote a book together during our stay, even though they pretty much never left the pool ...


Where I confess to spending the majority of my time as well ...


A fire pit made the perfect spot to sit out under the desert sky and watch the full lunar ecplise that transpired one night ... did anyone else catch that!?


What is that magical quality about warm desert nights that makes you want to hang around the table long after the meal is over and just talk story? ...


Marc and I snuck out early one morning while everyone else was sleeping in to ride around the neighborhood and snap photos of our favorite houses ...





Have I ever told you that my guy is an incredibly talented REAL photographer?  Check out his gorgeous portraiture at marcroyce.com (he's so good that I feel kind of silly talking him up on my little blog.  I mean, the man worked in NYC alongside Richard Avedon.  Kind of makes anything I say here seem a bit beside the point :)  BUT either way ... if you like really witty and intelligent urban street photography, his instagram feed is BANANAS!



 Look how cute he is in action :)  I adore this man.


I've always been particularly enamored with all the cool geometric cast concrete block used in mid-century design.  Here's my homage (my collage homage montage, if you will :)



Yup. It was good there in Palm Springs.  We headed home happy, sun-drenched, and fully refreshed for another round :)
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TALES FROM THE FACTORY FLOOR: FURNITURE IN BRIGHT CORAL HUES

We're back from our mini spring break in Palm Springs this week, and while I work up a nice plump post for you about all the fierce relaxation that went down and all the mid-century modern design that was absorbed, I thought I'd send out a little dispatch from the factory floor.  

Coral-hued furniture has been in high demand by my custom furniture clients lately!  Maybe it's the coming of spring and summer and people feeling the need to infuse their lives with a bit of color? (I wrote about a current client's mandarine orange lacquered desk project here.

These inspiration rooms definitely demonstrate that principal at work ...

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So here's a glimpse of some of our own coral pieces designed here at RBD as of late.  
This rosy coral velvet daybed packs a potent dose of color to liven up any space for springtime! ...


I didn't have a chance to snap this settee with its back cushions on, 
but I LOVE the cut-out shape of that frame ...


This sumptuous kidney shaped tufted bench is headed for the foyer of a fashion boutique where I expect it to promptly double the sales ... wouldn't YOU want to lounge on it just bit longer?



And a fiery-coral tone works well on this mid-century couch ... SO Jonathan Adler "Happy Chic" don't you think? ...



Have a great holiday weekend and come back for my Palm Springs rundown next week!

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