Palm Springs Indian Canyons

If you’ve ever wanted to look at endless photos of palm trees, you’ve arrived! We spent some of Thanksgiving week in our favorite place and spent a wonderful morning exploring the Palm tree oasis’ in Indian Canyon. Just south of the city sits not just one, but several, of the largest oasis’ of California Fan Palms (the only native CA palms). How we have never done this, I DON’T KNOW! It was an otherworldly kind of beautiful, if you are into deserts and palms and rocks. Time to do some soul searching if that doesn’t describe you. I can’t put into words, mostly because I’m a blubbering idiot, how magical it was to wander around under 1000’s of palms surrounding a desert stream. It looked fake, like a movie set, and rivals whatever you think the most beautiful place in the world is (me: tie between Alps/Mt. Rainier/Redwoods/and now this…got a lot of west coast bias in me I guess??).We skipped the largest and most crowded oasis, Palm Canyon, though we did peek at it from the parking lot, opting to hike using that term sooo loosely the lush and less visited Andreas Canyon instead. The kids did the “hike” literally in the stream and us grown humans followed the trail next to the stream. I’ve discovered that a family hike through water is infinitely more successful than a regular hike on top of dirt. The morning we visited was high 70’s/early 80’s but, with the water, I can imagine this being the hike to do on those hotter days when you still want to get out in and see the beauty of the desert. The biggest goof in a happy place.The oasis from afar. Can you see it?That up there is the parking lot. I can’t wait to go back. Totally 100% worth the cost of admission and I can’t recommend it enough.

We stayed again at our family favorite, The Twist. I’ve said it before, but the Palm Springs living is easy there when you have kids in tow. We spend hours at the pool, and they couldn’t be more enjoyable. They even had out some Christmas decorations = take my money, I’m moving in.Basically, when can I retire? And will it be a classy desert retirement in a mid-century jewel box in Palm Springs? Or a trashy desert retirement in an aluminum trailer along the stinking shores of the Salton Sea? I really can’t wait to find out which way life unfolds… xoxo

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Christmassy Den

I never would have thought that my blue room would be one of the most Christmassy, but every year it is! This room always gets the most basic of decorations (2016 and 2015) and nevertheless, it is always ready to party. All I did this year was add a tinsel wreath to the fireplace screen and hang a vintage mini aluminum tree and BOOM it’s Christmas. The colors in here just lend themselves to lots of shiny silver and bright colors, I guess. Whatever the reason, thank you den for your enthusiastic participation! Most everything in here is vintage except for the rug and mirror. Family room Christmas right here!

Praying for California today. All the firefighters, residents and animals. None of the big fires are in our county, but could so easily be. The neighborhoods burning in Ventura look just like ours. I clearly have a soft spot for shelter and “home”, and the safety and comfort they represent. I can’t imagine the pain and workload facing the many who have lost so much. And the horses. The horses! It’s so heartbreaking. God bless firefighters. Here’s how to help. xoxo

Oh, Christmas Tree!

faux sheepskin christmas tree skirt ikeaIt’s that time! Our aluminum tree is up in our family room! Last year it was in the den and we did a flocked tree in here, but in the interest of simplicity, we are keeping things nice and minimal in 2017, which always ends up being my favorite way to decorate for Christmas. I’m such a sucker for simple glass balls on Christmas trees, especially airy aluminum ones, and after some deliberation we landed on this turquoise/yellow/orange/green/gold color scheme that I am loving in this room. I think it’s the prettiest tree ever, but I think that every year.
mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny britemid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteThe “tree skirt” is just two Ikea faux sheepskins.mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteSome ornaments are vintage, but those lovely turquoise and aqua ones are new from Michaels. It’s hard to find a really good vibrant greenish blue, so I scooped up a bunch after Christmas last year and a few more boxes this year too! I want more orange but nobody ever sells orange ornaments…
Elsewhere in the room, tinsel drenches the bookshelf and a few little vintage trees sit here and there and that’s the extent of the decorating!This beaded tree was my husband’s grandma’s. Isn’t it adorable? That spacey base alone!Not planned, but a perk from outside is how well this year’s tree coordinates with our patio and backyard (same colors as crazy wall!). Double fun!mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny britemid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteIt goes without saying that a color wheel illuminates the tree at night, making boss wall shadows everywhere! I’ve scattered a few other festive touches around the house and it feels like just enough, not too overwhelming. I’ll share more next time!

Hope you are having a slow and simple December. We would be except I’m pushing to finish the front yard saga (yes we are still working on that) before the new year and, if we make it, it will be cutting it close!