Happy Chic at Parker Meridian Palm Springs Resorts

Written by Janice Wilson

Happy Chic at Parker Meridian Palm Springs Resorts

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Le Parker Meridien in Palm Springs, a refreshing California desert oasis and spa is a surprise forrepparttar eyes.

Hospitality executive Adam Glick, president ofrepparttar 140528 Jack Parker Corporation was responsible not only forrepparttar 140529 2003 purchase of a 13-acre resort in Palm Springs, California but also for bringing togetherrepparttar 140530 two disparate unique talents of Jonathan Adler, an art visionary who single handedly turned earthy-crunchy “pottery” into groovy “ceramics” and David Mann, principle architect for MR Architecture & Décor in New York City. The combination is so dynamic that you must book a visit ASAP so you can personally experiencerepparttar 140531 over-the- top creativity of Adler which vividly brings alive Mann’s architectural design for clean-lines and airy spaces.

The entrance is strikingly simple with a curved driveway that made it appear as if I was pulling up to a private home. The first thing I saw was a high latticework wall of white concrete. Behind this brise soleil,repparttar 140532 bright orange entry doors popped into my focus. What I found beyond these doors of this $25 million remodel was not only surprising but somewhat surreal and sublime.

As I stepped intorepparttar 140533 wide open lobby I knew why Adler earnedrepparttar 140534 design reputation for being “happy chic.” Adler thinks these two words might seem diametrically opposed, but he believes they can and should be fused. As I viewedrepparttar 140535 arranged vignettes inrepparttar 140536 4,400 square foot lobby I sawrepparttar 140537 veracity of his belief. Adler combed sources world-wide and amassed a collection of furnishings withrepparttar 140538 single common denominator to blend happy expressions with chic designs. These design “surprises forrepparttar 140539 eyes” set against Mann’s backdrop of slump-block walls and granary-oak ceiling sectors made me realize that “look’n for fun and feel’n groovy” can be a way of life.

Top 10 Tips For Taking Road Trips With Kids

Written by Kat Saveal

Like many other families, our family takes a number of road trips each year. We have three beautiful young daughters and people often say to me “How can you stand to take road trips with young kids?” In fact, I love taking road trips. I now prefer them to traveling by plane. Here are my top 10 tips for having a fun and non-stressful driving vacation.

1. Leave early inrepparttar morning, before Breakfast. This way you can get a few hours under your belt whilerepparttar 140478 kids (hopefully) sleep inrepparttar 140479 car. Then stop for breakfast.

2. If your budget allows, buy your child(ren) a new toy forrepparttar 140480 trip. Don’t let them play with it until you are inrepparttar 140481 car and on your way.

3. Bring along a portable DVD player if your car doesn’t already have one. For long trips, pack at least 3 or more DVD’s. It’s even better if you can buy a couple of new ones to keep your child(ren)’s attention better.

4. Pack a cooler with lots of your kids favorite snacks, drinks and sandwiches. Keeprepparttar 140482 cooler handy inrepparttar 140483 car, so you can just reach in and give them something. Packing your own food saves on costs.

5. Stop at a nice rest area to eat your meals. This will be less stressing then haulingrepparttar 140484 kids into a crowded McDonald’s. When we travel from Texas to Maryland each year we stop at a beautiful rest area in Tennessee. It has nice bathroom facilities and is located on several acres givingrepparttar 140485 kids a chance to run around and exhaust some of their energy.

6. Stop every 3-4 hours. If you are traveling with small kids like us, you will really want to take advantage of this tip. Kids don’t have a concept of time. Byrepparttar 140486 time 3 hours goes by in a car it seems like forever to them. Even stopping at a gas station and letting everyone get out ofrepparttar 140487 car and stretch their legs for a few minutes really works.

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