Palm Springs is likely one of the finest locations for inside design and structure lovers to go to. The town has true character and a wealthy historical past with superbly designed houses and lodges. It virtually looks like stepping right into a time machine. Most of the properties have a retro-inspired but genuine vibe, particularly the Fleur Noire Lodge.
Created by Corey St. John and designer Chris Pardo, this resort is really distinctive. A mixture of modernism, French inspiration, and daring floral prints, it doesn’t take design too significantly.
Pardo is an unimaginable expertise recognized each regionally and outdoors the Palm Springs space for his work at numerous Arrive lodges in addition to the Kimpton Palm Springs amongst different hospitality tasks.
The Historical past Of The Fleur Noire Lodge
Like many lodges in Palm Springs, the property was initially constructed as one thing completely different—remodeling and evolving through the years. First, it was the Burkets Commerce Winds Lodge, which operated as a seasonal resort vacation spot. It featured each casitas and resort rooms. Through the years it developed into flats and mixed-use retail.
Lastly, the Fleur Noire Lodge opened in November 2021. This intimate boutique resort has 21 rooms together with studios (that are typical resort rooms), requirements (resort rooms with a eating nook), and one-bedroom suites in addition to double queen casitas.
All of the rooms function classic and new furnishings curated by Pardo. “The aim was to supply a enjoyable house that isn’t making an attempt to take itself too significantly or be too preciously. The furnishings is supposed to be additive to the artworks with out competing,” he tells me.
Each room is adorned with floral mural wallpaper designed to go with the outside murals. All the main points really feel intentional from the pink espresso makers within the kitchenettes to the print eating chairs. Cheerful wainscotting supplies a pop of coloration. It’s a blast from the previous whereas nonetheless feeling trendy and recent.
St. John and Pardo got here up with the idea for Fleur Noire whereas engaged within the native arts scene.
The designer tells me, “Considering of rework a considerably utilitarian assortment of constructions right into a cohesive backdrop they developed the thought of making use of artwork, in a giant method. The idea of getting each inch of the lodges exterior be the canvas for big format artwork was born.”
Whereas Palm Springs is usually recognized for its mid-century structure and brilliant colours—the present construction on the property additionally had a Spanish affect. “Approaching coloration and distinction another way was the aim, giant colourful floral murals with a black backdrop juxtapose architecturally planted desert landscaping. Like an artwork gallery, the property would supply distinctive views and experiences of the murals because the visitors make their method by means of the grounds.”
Essentially the most notable facets of the Fleur Noire Lodge are the daring floral murals on the outside of the buildings painted by artist Louise Jones. Often known as Ouizi, the Detroit-based artist was born and raised in Santa Monica California only a few hours west of Palm Springs. She has made a reputation for herself creating giant mural installations in a wide range of areas together with museums and public parks.
Jones took residence on the property for 3 months to create these stunning artistic endeavors. “Because the floral murals began to develop I started inside and panorama design, taking cues from the colours, textures, and shapes of Louise’s artwork,” explains Pardo.
“Like the outside, the inside was additionally to be outlined by giant format florals, on this case, Ellie Cashman was approached, whereas stylistically distinct to Louise’s mural work, the darkish saturated floral wallpaper prints designed by Cashman embodied the identical qualities of defining house.”
The resort has an intimate, virtually bed-and-breakfast really feel with a foremost constructing that has a foyer, reward store, and snacks. A pool, lounge chairs, sizzling tub, and backyard space with firepits and cornhole sit in the course of the buildings.
Whereas there isn’t a restaurant on-site (though it’s surrounded by a number of unbelievable ones), there’s a rosé wine bar. “La Boisson blossomed out of a need to totally embrace the French influenced lodges theme, providing a brass bell (or textual content message) to ‘Ring for Rose.’ Friends can order on the gloss pink bar when the doorways are open or just textual content poolside and your drink of selection is delivered to you full in pink acrylic glassware,” says Pardo.