The Silver Suitcase Airstream

The Silver Suitcase Airstream

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Desert Delights

Tayva Martinez had a trunk show of her Sparkle Lux Jewelry at Just Modern.  I was lucky enough to model her cufflinks and pendants with fellow realtor Chris Bale.  We also got to wear some fabulous dinner jackets from Deja Vu Vintage Finery.  I picked up a set for myself and also put in an order for one of her sweet little retro-feeling under-the Christmas-tree-Alexander home.  Visit Miss Tayva's website HERE

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

World Famous Crochet Museum: Joshua Tree

If you've not yet been to Joshua Tree, be sure to spend a day up there poking around at the art scene.  One of my favorite stops is Art Queen, where they have the World Famous Crochet Museum on their back lot, amongst a lot of other interesting items. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Happy Traveler RV Park Palm Springs

I really think the Christmas decorations at The Happy Traveler RV park are pretty fun- how can you not smile when you see Santa and Mrs. Claus on patio furniture?  Would you have expected anything else from a trailer park in Palm Springs? 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lyons Grill: Steak, Well Done

I love leftovers.  Especially from Lyon's English Grill in Palm Springs.  They've been in business since 1945, with the same owner, David Lyons there practically every night.  David turns 100 in April- and is the brother of 40s-50s Hollywood luminary Arthur Lyons.   I think this restaurant may be my favorite in Palm Springs.  The cocktails come with a bucket of backup beverage, the steaks are incredible, the servers are fun (great career waiters), and the musical entertainment ranges from delightful to somewhat of a parody of what you'd expect to hear in an old Palm Springs haunt.  I'm planning on having my birthday party here in January- will you be there?  I am just now enjoying my leftover Beef Wellington at The Silver Suitcase.

Midcentury Mates: Palm Springs Architecture and Goldie, My Oldsmobile

Goldie and the Distinctive Block Pattern at Robinon's
I've been driving Goldie, my 1962 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight six-window hardtop sedan (that's a mouthful!) this week.  I so enjoy just looking at this car parked in different places, and swung by the former Robinson's department store on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs for a quick snapshot.  The Robinson's store (now The Alley) was designed by architects Pereira & Luckman (Pereira also designed the Transamerica Tower in San Francisco).  

A little bit about the building from Palm Springs Preservation Foundation:
Constructed from 1957-1958 at a cost of $280,000 on land purchased from Palm Springs pioneer Pearl McManus, the J.W. Robinson Department Store Building was designed by the Los Angeles-based architectural firm of Charles Luckman Associates and William L. Pereira. Located on the southwest corner of South Palm Canyon Drive and West Baristo Avenue, the pavilion-style modernist building is dramatically elevated from the street level by four long horizontal concrete steps that create both a sense of arrival and impart a sense importance to the building. The building  won the AIA’s “First Honor Award” for 1958.

This structure was declared a Class One historic site in November of 2012.

Photo of Robinsons from approx 1966

New Listing, Indian Wells Country Club $749,000

Loving my new listing in posh Indian Wells- Bright Fun Resort-style midcentury home in prestigious Indian Wells Country Club. This house has many special features, among them being a view of four fairways and a second kitchen for party preparations or caterers. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home features designer wall coverings and mirrors throughout maximize lighting. High clerestory windows in the entry hall lead to a living room (with fireplace!) that overlooks the Regency pool and golf course and mountain views. You'll enjoy waking up in the master bedroom with the same fantastic views. To see the full album on my facebook page, click HERE.