Sometimes you just want a vacation in the city. This client wanted to evoke an authentic midcentury Palm Springs vibe in her early 1970’s house without having to get on a plane. The challenge was that the house didn’t have a vibe to start with.
We took a house with 5 small bedrooms and reimagined it to have a larger primary suite, a suite with study/lounge space for the teenage child, a guest bedroom, and a home office. We opened up the living/dining/kitchen to improve circulation. And we created an open hang-out space with a kitchenette on the lower-level walk-out basement for watching movies, ping-pong, games and hanging out with friends. Custom cabinetry with mid-century detailing was added throughout, including wood screens and casework that divide the spaces but let light flow through.
Materially we added large format terrazzo tile in the entry and bathrooms, concrete countertops, smoky mirrors, vintage furnishings, decorative lighting, Heath Tile, full height draperies in bedrooms, kitchen, living, dining and office. The entry powder was paneled in clear cedar with a floating custom cedar vanity and custom integral wood pulls (carved and applied). Because there were not many large art walls, the owner wanted to treat the decorative lighting as pieces of art.
Let’s just say, this owner loves to entertain. The coffee table doubles as a dance platform.