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.

Moroccan Tile Obsession

June 18, 2012

It all started with the tile at Intelligentsia Coffee House in Silverlake.  I went searching for what and where I could find this tile and ended up on the Granada Tile site.  I found the Fez Tile that I was looking for, and then got addicted to their interactive tile customizer.  You can literally sit there and go through each and every tile on the site and come up with countless tile color combos…

I wasted more time than was necessary designing tile combos for no one.  I highly recommend you try it.

Backtrack for a minute…

It actually all started because I’m searching tile for a project.  I got this cray cray idea that I want to put a super earthy moroccan tile in an ultra modern kitchen.

So after finding Granada, I start searching for more moroccan cement tiles and get to Popham Design.  You should go to their site right now and look at every single product that they make.  Their shit is RIDICULOUS.

Anyway, I get on the Popham Design site and start milling around and find a pattern that I had been looking at earlier in the day during a visit to my local Ann Sacks.  I am proud to admit that I am borderline stalking their Zig Zag pattern.

It’s probably the one, we’ll see…

Here is the Fez Tile by Granada, the tile that started this whole thing.

Here’s the Zig Zag by Popham Design, yum!

 Popham Design

Granada Tile

Popham Design

Granada Tile

Popham Design