It’s not the beach but there’s something about the desert that puts us in that laid-back frame of mind.  The dry heat, cool pools and towering San Jacinto mountains may be over 100 miles from the coast but the peace and serenity of the desert is like a vacation all year round.

Native Californian Trina Turk has made Palm Springs her home base and draws much of her inspiration from the resurgence of the mid-century modern lifestyle that has emerged in Palm Springs over the last decade. She’s also influenced by graphic arts.  This week she launched her collaboration with Banana Republic on a line of modern and colorful summer classics drawn from her signature prints.

Pisces print top in pool, a signature print.

Her indoor/outdoor textiles available through F. Schumacher are the perfect complement to a sunny backyard.

Loveseat upholstered in Pisces print in punch.  Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

These chaise lounges upholstered in Trina’s Zebra print in orange with bolsters in bamboo are a nice resting place to read a book or nurse a drink by the pool.  Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

Blue and aqua make a nice pair on this upholstered outdoor couch in Carmel Coastline in surf with pillows in Kalaheo in aqua.

Shopping list:

Custom made pillows in Pisces print in punch by Sew Susie Designs.

Tulum chair from Inside Out 365.

Potted succulents like these can be found at your local garden center.


The recently opened Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

Trina Turk Residential in Palm Springs.

Cocktails and appetizers at Birba.

Champagne brunch at Norma’s at the Parker Palm Springs.  Photo courtesy of Sunset Magazine.

Hiking in Tahquitz Canyon (any season but summer) to see a magnificent waterfall courtesy of the mountain snow melt.


Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs

The Colony Palms

Martyn Lawrence-Bullard-designed rooms at the Colony Palms.

If you need a little more space including a private terrace and jacuzzi, be sure to stay at one of the villas at the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells.

Save me a seat by the pool.


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