"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Neighborhood Watch

803 North Canyon Drive (Love the Chanel topiary!)

Although I have escaped to the desert oasis of Palm Springs many times we are usually in such a rush to get poolside with a stack of magazines, tropical scented sunscreen and (admittedly) frosty umbrella drinks we bypass activities that require leaving the lounger. My most recent trip was for a different purpose, however, and as a result I discovered life does, in fact, exist beyond the resort's bougainvillea-covered walls. 

Look what I've been missing!

Located approximately 120 miles east of Los Angeles, North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs is a happening little section of downtown's main drag (from E. Alejo Road to just before E. Tachevah Drive). For enthusiasts of mid-century modern architecture the neighborhood is nothing short of Mecca.

Art galleries, restaurants, vintage shops, designer boutiques and (high end) "thrift" stores cater to the modern, multi-million dollar estates a few streets away.

Visit while the weather is mild (Nov. through April), and consider renting a cool-looking cruiser at BIKE (625 North Palm Canyon Drive) for meandering through historic neighborhoods like Vista Las Palmas and Old Las Palmas.  You'll see pristine examples of mid-century modern homes, original Spanish Colonial styles and modern masterpieces.  If all that pedaling makes you hungry. Head back to N. Palm Canyon Drive and check out the noteworthy eateries -be sure to leave room for Cafe Chocolat (after all, you've earned it...).

Cheeky's is open for breakfast & lunch and was packed when we arrived. The manager squeezed us in before closing. Great atmosphere, fantastic food. Pesto fries! Need I say more?

Full disclosure, if you are unfamiliar with the sun-drenched landscape of the desert you may be disappointed by what you perceive at first glance. However, if you look beyond the sparse vegetation and several unfortunate, dated buildings you will be rewarded with a fun, uniquely Palm Springs experience. If it was good enough for the Rat Pack...

However, if you're afraid of losing a primo spot poolside and can't be gone long, take a mini-break from the sun and see Trina Turk Residential

Housed in a 1960's Albert Frey building, the shop's swanky interior was designed by Kelly Wearstler and features a whimsical 1970's meets California Luxe vibe. The desert outpost features Trina Turk Residential regulars (including Missoni towels, Jonathan Adler ceramics,  home and garden items from Alice Supply Co.), selections from Turk's clothing lines and one-of-a-kind vintage resort wear pieces. Glam!

Trina Turk Residential - 895 North Palm Canyon Drive


  1. Ahhhh Cheeky's....can I just say FLIGHTS OF BACON are offered!!
    yes, I said Bacon (not wine)! ha!
    We were there last year during the PS Film Festival and had breakfast there EVERYDAY! I loved the mod furniture and square bowls they served steel cut oatmeal in...but the jalapeno infused bacon (on one of my flights) was insanely good!
    AMAZING photos...the yellow pantone chair is on my xmas list now! Keep posting and clicking...can't get enough of this concept!

  2. Thanks, so much! My son ordered the jalepeno bacon BLT and I had to try it -for research purposes! It was great -quite a kick! Look forward to trying a bacon flight(!!) next time I'm in PS!! Thanks for sharing!


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