Friday, April 25, 2008

Life in The Springs

As far back as the early 40's Palm Springs has been a popular destination to relax and enjoy the desert climate in a casual atmosphere. Our desert has played host to the Hollywood elite, young starlets, ambassadors, former presidents, singers and comedians who kept a home in the Palm Springs area. Last Sunday John and I attended a party at the former estate of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. As I took this photo, I couldn't help but think about all the intersting things that had gone on in this house. Here, Sinatra hosted many glamorous parties, with stars including Bob Hope, Joan Crawford, Phil Silvers, Greta Garbo, Mary Livingston, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Lana Turner, and Ava Gardner. If only the walls could talk! The classic mid-century house was designed with Sinatra in mind, including a pool shaped like a piano. The walkway along side the pool has a shade structure that casts a shadow of piano keys. It's a beautiful property with loads of character, and represents an era of the high life in our desert community.

Life in The Springs Today...
Even today, the social scene in Palm Springs is largely what takes place in private homes, hidden behind tall hedges and stone walls. Poolside cocktails and intimate dinner parties are framed with a dramatic backdrop of the mountain-scape. Palm trees glow by the light of the pool and are illuminated by landscape lighting in the cool of the evening. It's the perfect setting to surrender to the desert and let your mind escape from it all.

above: I took this photo at the home of some friends during a party they hosted recently. I could have sworn I felt the presence of Marilyn Monroe...
Where the Young Elite Go...

above: Private poolside cabanas at The Viceroy hotel are where today's trendy visitors relax and enjoy the desert. It's a fun place to go to watch the LA crowd play in our desert sun...at least this is a place I can call "home". Happy Friday everyone!
-Rick Rockhill

7 comments:

Tod said...

I am so envious of those lovely pools and a climate to match!

I'm gonna go get me a plastic paddling pool and a big bottle of pre-mixed cocktail and dream. ;)

TWISI said...

Living in Palm Beach is a lot like Palm Springs... I love it here and getting to see how the rich and famous live AND lived is interesting.

afod said...

A-ha! The "piano pool!" But it looks like they painted over the ebonies and ivories at the bottom of the pool. :-(

All these pools and no one uses them. Or is that when the photo shooting stopped? I need to see you doing some laps in those pools.

whimsical brainpan said...

And I thank you again for sharing your lovely home with us.

Real Live Lesbian said...

You are one lucky dude! Gah...I SO want a cabana now! ;)

tt said...

Ahhh**heavy sigh** the glamour of the 40's and 50's!!! What an era!
You're lucky to be able to visit that time and replay in your mind what it must have been like.
Happy Friday to you as well.:)

roborange said...

Have seen the recent Men's Vogue and the article about Palm Springs?

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