December 18, 2015

Color & Design Mid-Century Modern Project Palm Springs


Now this was a fun color and design project - a mid-century modern home in the Twin Palms neighborhood of Palm Springs, California.  An Alexander and Krisel home built around 1957.

The home was purchased by one of my favorite clients, as a vacation rental property.   The house needed a total renovation and makeover.  

Do notice that fabulous iconic butterfly roof.


AFTER PHOTO TWIN PALMS EXTERIOR
BENJAMIN MOORE SIENNA CLAY  104 ACCENT COLOR
photo by Ketchum Photography

Love the linear rhythm of the architecture, magnified by the sun's shadows.

AFTER PHOTO
Twin Palms, Palm Springs
photo by Ketchum Photography

Next is the before photo so you can appreciate the transformation.

BEFORE PHOTO FRONT

Below you will see the floors in the main area were replaced with polished terrazzo tiles.

Notice the exterior of the chimney is the same color as the interior -  this was done to emphasize the interlocking architectural planes.  Also serves to unite the indoors with the outdoors.

And a new saturated accent color, Benjamin Moore Sienna Clay, brings life and excitement into the room.

AFTER PHOTO
BENJAMIN MOORE SIENNA CLAY 104 ACCENT COLOR
photo by Ketchum Photography

Below is the before photo of the living room.  

We of course kept the Nelson Saucer chandelier!


BEFORE PHOTO

Next is a close up of the Terrazzo tile with the paint chip.   The Sienna Clay color relates to the burnt orange specs in the tile.  

BENJAMIN MOORE SIENNA CLAY #104 & TERRAZZO TILE 

(Btw, the terrazzo tile is from Modern Home Showroom, located right in Palm Springs.  Wonderful showroom with great customer service.)

The new kitchen below has a bold backsplash that adds to the Palm Springs modern vibe.

NEW PALM SPRINGS STYLE KITCHEN
photo by Ketchum Photography

The color palette in the master bedroom below - spicy reds and pinks, honey golds, and a vivid green accent wall.

Once again the accent wall is the same color- inside and out- visually expanding and uniting both spaces.

Benjamin Moore Sherwood Green HC-118, is the perfect color to create a composition with the palm trees,  mountains, and the blue sky.

The green wall visually becomes part of the view - making the viewer feel more intimate with the landscape.   Another great example of the power of color to create a profound experience.


MASTER BEDROOM
BENJAMIN MOORE SHERWOOD GREEN ACCENT WALL HC-118
photo by Ketchum Photography

And in the master bathroom, love the way you can see the accent wall and palm trees reflecting in the mirror.

Renovated Modern Master Bathroom
photo by Ketchum Photography
Below is the new backyard.

Palm Springs vacation homes attract the fun loving Los Angeles crowd, so we needed to create a playful resort experience around the pool.

photo by Ketchum Photography  

The Design Within Reach Mid-century Sunshades have such personality and are perfect for our theme.  

Notice the Sienna Clay paint color on the outside chimney.

And the green balances out the boldness with a hint of nature's serenity.

CHIMNEY ACCENT COLOR BENJAMIN MOORE SIENNA CLAY 
photo by Ketchum Photography

Next is a photo of the private casita.

Modern architectural wall panels bring in texture and a gridded pattern into the white room.

Crazy about the Shaken Not Stirred print - sophisticated fun.

And I adore the gray and yellow blanket my client's mother made for the room - it's the perfect finishing touch.


PALM SPRINGS CASITA
photo by Ketchum Photography

PALM SPRINGS CASITA

So as you can see, this project was fun to color and design, and one of my favorite projects.   Palm Springs is a special place.

Nonetheless,  I must admit, it took me time to adjust to the climate and pace of the desert, as it's quite different from New York.  

But the desert is ruled by mother nature, or as I call her - the desert goddess - and by the time I left, she had me spellbound.



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