Hotel Design Inspiration: The Parker Palm Springs & Jonathan Adler

The Parker Palm Springs outdoor courtyard and landscaping.

The Parker Palm Springs outdoor courtyard and landscaping.

Sometimes the best inspiration comes from commercial spaces who can afford amazing designers like Jonathan Adler.  Case in point: The Parker Palm Springs.

I spent the past weekend at the fine resort for a friend's wedding.  It was my second stay at the hotel, which is beautifully manicured and richly decorated.  Homes and hotels all across Palm Springs are known for their updated midcentury modern decor.  However, none of them do it in a way that feels quite as upscale as the Parker.  

The Parker's lawns are well maintained, structured but yet still helps guests relax with some central pies.  There are hammocks, outdoor fire pits and small bistro tables where guests can gather, sip a cocktail, and soak in the rays or moonlight.  

Crisp white chairs surround a fire pit to keep guests warm while enjoying the peace and isolation among only the stars as witnesses.

Crisp white chairs surround a fire pit to keep guests warm while enjoying the peace and isolation among only the stars as witnesses.

Doorway exiting a private garden, often used for events.

Doorway exiting a private garden, often used for events.

In a slight departure from the modern midcentury look, their outdoor pool bar is decorated with wicker benches and sunny yellow umbrellas reminiscent of the 40s and 50s. 

In a slight departure from the modern midcentury look, their outdoor pool bar is decorated with wicker benches and sunny yellow umbrellas reminiscent of the 40s and 50s. 

Hammocks strewn throughout the grounds help guests getaway from the busy pool scene to read a book or take an afternoon nap.

Hammocks strewn throughout the grounds help guests getaway from the busy pool scene to read a book or take an afternoon nap.

With such beautiful grounds, you won't want to stay inside -- even if it is 100 degrees inside.  Nonetheless, their lobby and rooms do deserve some special attention.  

My absolute favorite was the white canopy beds paired with a crisp white duvet.  A red chair in the corner adds a pop of color to the room, without overpowering it.  Bamboo wallpaper accents the ceiling to add more texture.  While I'm not a fan of the cheetah print bench, the geometric Kilim rug helps redeem the poor choice. The weaved bird rug further adds a geometric look that appeases the eye. Lastly, the gathered fabric on the lamp shades add texture to help a wall pop and would be a great addition to any room. 

Patio room at the Parker Hotel Palm Springs.

Patio room at the Parker Hotel Palm Springs.

Finally, their indoor bar adds a sexy mood to any nightcap.  With so many mirrors, a little lighting goes a long way.  While so many mirrors could be dangerous with the wrong designer, Jonathan Adler knows how to maximize this small space to make it pop.  The potted palm trees help to tone down any gaudiness and gives it the right amount of a tropical vibe. 

Indoor bar at the Parker Palm Springs

Indoor bar at the Parker Palm Springs