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Thirsty Souls: Desert Modern

This week we're thirsty for architectural details, interior designs, and landscapes that are scorching hot. This is desert modern. 

1. Frey House II, Palm Springs, CA

The second of two Palm Springs homes designed and inhabited by legendary architect Albert Frey, this artful abode incorporates a boulder into the main living space.  Talk about being caught between a rock and a haute place. 

Adding to the charm are glass walls, built-in furniture (including a record player),  and a poolside lounge fit for Don Draper.  

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2. Stahl House, Hollywood, CA

Offering a noteworthy view of the Hollywood Hills, this glass and steel structure reflects the "geometry and symmetry" of the gridlined streets below.  The cantilevered foundation is another defining element of this singular mid-century property, which was famously photographed by Julius Shulman in 1960.

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3. El Cosmico Hotel, Marfa, TX

Pick your passion at this 21 acre nomadic hotel: vintage trailers, tents, teepees, and a Mongolian yurt await with open arms.  Laze in the hammock grove or escape to the reading room for some much-needed r&r; attend a cooking class or songwriting workshop to ignite a creative spark. This is a sanctuary for free spirits. 

4. The Goodland Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA

The Goodland offers a boutique hotel experience with a laid back SoCal vibe. Landing somewhere between earthy and quirky, these digs are decked out with macrame, wicker, wood, leather, and stone.  Amenities include a record concierge to cue up the perfect playlist for guests and a yoga mat in every room. Furry fellow travelers (pets) are also welcome.

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5. Elvis's Honeymoon Hideaway, Palm Springs, CA

Kick it where the King and Priscilla celebrated their nuptials in 1967.  If these walls could talk, we'd probably start blushing...

Tours of Elvis's Hideaway are surprisingly hands-on. Visitors are encouraged to make themselves at home, which makes for some pretty far out photo ops.  

6. Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms Estate

This house is so hip, it offers lessons in cool. The timeless style commands respect, as if Sinatra is winking at us and saying, "That's Mr. Blue Eyes to you."

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs, CA

Ace is our home away from home. Cactus Water flows poolside and is on the menu at the on-site diner, King's Highway.  You can even find us in your room's mini-bar, so guilt-free midnight raids should definitely be on your to-do list.

Originally a Howard Johnson, Commune Design renovated the Ace in 2009 to reflect the "ebb and flow of design and creative movements" in Palm Springs. Two pools, a dog park, a gym, and outdoor fireplaces (adorned with relief sculptures by Stan Bitters) round out this desert modern hotspot. All that's missing is you.

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