Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

July 30, 2012

I know I’m a little late in the game posting about the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  I’m sure all you hipsters out there have already been there, done that, but given its awesomeness I also know that you probably won’t mind seeing a few nice pics…

For those of you who haven’t been, the Ace is a wonderful hotel tucked into the mountains in the south end of Palm Springs.  It used to be a Howard Johnson but was recently completely renovated and updated into the most hip, un-kitch mid-century oasis one could ask for.  Its almost like mid-century modern hipster camp.

We usually love being out in Palm Springs, exploring architecture and all the funky consignment and vintage stores, but we didn’t even leave the grounds of the hotel once.  Between the pool, restaurant and our perfect little room with private patio we couldn’t think of a reason to leave.

I highly recommend!

The view from my lounge chair at the pool.

my frosty beverage.

lounge chairs by the pool

the counter in the super yummy restaurant, I loved the tile shown here which is used generously all over the hotel.

lounging in bed, that’s the control to my son’s RC car.

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I started working on a house in the valley just about a year ago.  It’s a treehouse, built in 1964 by Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe.  Originally named the Strimmling House for the family who commissioned the project, it boasts many of the qualities that Kappe is known for.  A beautiful flow between indoors and out, the use of redwood galore, walls of windows from floor to ceiling…and it had not been properly cared for over the past 15 years.

Over the past year I have spoken to Mr. Kappe himself, worked with his lovely and sweet structural engineer who was the original engineer for the house back in the early 60’s (and yes, at over 80 years old, he got down on his hands and knees and was crawling around under the house with me checking out the foundations), dealt with the Getty  museum attempting to get a copy of Mr. Kappe’s final plans for the house which now reside there, jacked up decks, had a baby, landscaped, put in footings and new posts and beams and have basically done everything that was needed to restore the house to some resemblance of what Mr. Kappe had intended it to be.

Honestly, when I began working on the project the owner told me he believed someone would most likely want to bulldoze the house.  I could see that all the house needed was a little love and someone who believed it was worth saving and that’s exactly what I set out to do.

Sometimes a house or a project can look a lot scarier than it really is and this was definitely that house.  It still has a long way to go, I didn’t do a full restoration, my job was to get it presentable for sale, basically my job was to get the house into a state that didn’t scare people away and then stage it.

I’ll let you judge for yourself, but I think I accomplished my mission…