The two-bedroom home on the grounds of the decade-old Parker Palm Springs resort in Palm Springs, California was built when Hollywood performer Gene Autry owned the property (at the time, it was called Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch and he and his wife lived there). Now, the structure is the most sought-after and private space to book at the newly-renovated hotel (it’s a celebrity favorite). The new house features a vast living room, dining room, private screening room and a lot of private outdoor space—designed by potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler. “Palm Springs is singular, says Adler. “I wanted to create a hotel that captured the essence of Palm Springs—groovy modern architecture meets Hollywood glamour—and crank it up a notch.” Adler tells Domino about his latest creation.
“The encaustic tile used at the entryway sets the tone for the entire villa,” says Adler. “It’s graphic, it’s groovy, and the sun pattern reminds you that you’re in the most fantastic desert oasis.”
“The living room includes a few different areas for glamorous socializing,” explains Adler. “There’s the perfect perch for games, for conversation, for cocktails or for Netflix and chill.” The bar and barstools are vintage Italian from the 1950s and the pendant is Adler’s own Globo Pendant.
“The focal point of the living room is my Aspen Sofa,” says Adler. “It’s sculptural, but don’t be fooled by the design rigor, it’s also incredibly comfy.”
“I layered hand-knotted rugs on top of wall-to-wall seagrass to define the living area’s different zones,” says Adler of the vibrant dining room floor coverings. “The surfaces are silky and luxurious and encourage you to kick off your shoes and relax.”
“Don’t be afraid to mix patterns like I did on the drapes and the rug,” says Adler of one of the bedrooms which features custom made beds. “The large-scale ikat on the drapes evokes a well-traveled jet setter.”
“Collections of items, like these African masks, always pack a punch and make it look like you’re well-traveled,” says Adler. “It doesn’t matter if you haven’t traveled the world, that’s what Etsy is for!”