Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Fresh Air in Palm Desert

Spending a day or two in Palm Desert, CA, when you live in Los Angeles, is like a breath of fresh air and a resourcing opportunity. The air feels pure and crisp. You feel the protection of the mountains all around, and the open sky dissolves all stressful thoughts.
I let myself be inspired by the beautiful landscapes, nature's colors and textures, and capture as much as I can with a camera. Then I try to reproduce those moments, finding them in fabrics, in furniture pieces, in various shapes and art - and bring them home to inspire again.

The desert landscape seems ancient and it takes you in mysteriously... Even though there is urban activity, you feel a deep sense of calm.

So let us bring together elements of these beautiful landscapes and create restful bedrooms...
A different one for each photograph.

To mirror the outdoor natural colors, I suggest using wallpaper to accent the wall behind the bed.

Italia panel tufted bed (Restauration Hardware)
Heath - ceramic slice blue wallpaper
(Hygge & West)

Pebble Grey Swanson Bench (Annie Selke)
White Belmonte side table
(Annie Selke)

Pebble Grey fabric

'Male Date Palm' giclee on canvas
(A Gallery - Palm Desert, CA)

In the 1920's, this area of Southern California was named Palm Village because of all the date trees that were planted. Dates are among the oldest cultivated fruits in the world, and the ones that grow in Palm Desert come originally from the Middle East.

The expanse of sky and the presence of the mountains is grounding and relaxing.
The mix of sky and earth, cloud and stone - blues, whites, browns, greys, greens...

Seville bed (CB2)

Cestino night stand
(Ligne Roset)

Cobble Hill Adams armchair (ABC Home)
Lace Web wallpaper
Esplendida photograph (Design Within Reach)

Velvet Applique pillow (West Elm)

Layered Diamonds Crewel pillow
(West Elm)

Majestic tones of the rock against the sky... Natural harmony.

Arabesque ochre (Hygge & West)

Stella brass bed (West Elm)
Sheepskin stool (West Elm)

Circle Inlay nigthstand (Anthropologie)

'Lucas Valley Princess' by Liana Steinmetz
(Serena & Lily)

Vibrant bougainvillea bushes and succulent sculptures are a delight!

Fountain Teal Damask wallpaper

Bliston bed (Frontgate)

Short Peking side table
(Jonathan Adler)

Talavera Pottery
(Direct From Mexico)

Talavera Pottery
(Direct From Mexico)

And of course, gorgeous days end with exquisite sunsets!

Modan mirror (Annie Selke)
Desdemone bed (Ligne Roset)

Cross Grain wallpaper

Rochelle ottoman
(Annie Selke)
Teddy dresser (Pier One)

Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.
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All nature photographs were taken by author.

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