It’s the details and color selection that are important.
The fun thing about Palm Springs interior design is that you can get really playful by incorporating mid-century modern features and a hip ’60s vibe. There’s a lot of freedom to be really bold, but you can also go too far and end up on the wrong side of “kitsch.” Combining patterns, colors, and motifs in a way that isn’t overwhelming is a balancing act.
Interior designer Michelle Boudreau has perfected this four-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Palm Springs with a calming, neutral color palette and eye-catching patterns, textures, and wood materials. , making it a quiet and charming place with nods. From mid-century modern design. “The house had nice architectural bones and nice classic mid-century details, so it was a great start,” Michelle explains. “But it hadn’t been updated in years.”
Problems with the house included not having an adequate bathroom for guests, the kitchen and dining room being too small and “broken down,” the materials being old, and the original wood rabbets. This includes the presence of watermark marks. Sealing.
Michelle’s clients loved the property’s iconic mid-century architecture and wanted to update it and enhance the design while maintaining its historical authenticity. “They wanted a place that exuded the Palm Springs lifestyle, a place where they could hang out and gather with family and friends and have fun,” she says. “They wanted the main space to be inviting and calming, and to ensure that each guest room had a unique experience.” Another request was for every bedroom to have a private bathroom. was.
Michelle and her design team created an open plan living area that includes a living room, dining room and kitchen. She gave the large space a calming neutral color palette, with soft greens inspired by the landscape outside. “We used textured tiles and light coastal oak throughout to brighten and refresh each room,” Michelle explains. “Custom decorative screens were designed to creatively divide open areas to create comfortable seating areas and reflect mid-century modern era design details. Open up the kitchen and dining area. We created an open plan with a center island.”
The master bedroom has been extended by 8 feet and is surrounded by windows so clients can enjoy views of the backyard and pool. Although she used a neutral palette for the living areas, Michelle gave each bedroom a different color story. “Each guest bedroom is designed around a themed color palette to surprise, delight and intrigue during their stay,” she says. “Mixing shapes and patterns gives your home dimension and character, and encourages you to explore interesting differences in each room.” One trick to finding balance when decorating with color is to Michelle says it’s about wrapping it in color and adding materials like stone, wood, and layers of fabric.
The design team tried to preserve as much of the original details and materials as possible, but as they added on to the house, it was difficult to find materials that no longer existed. Michelle sourced from other mid-century projects that were no longer needed and recycled original materials from the local modernist community. The client also sourced and stored vintage items, which allowed Michelle to incorporate those items into the design. “I really enjoyed breathing new life into her work with fabrics and upholstery that connected to the overall design aesthetic,” she added.
Clients love their Palm Springs retreat, Michelle says. “We are very happy with the finished design. They are excited to have a retreat where they can relax and enjoy the interior and exterior of this modernist jewel.”
Read the latest issue here!
Get a year of Sunset and all sorts of bonuses for just $24.95. Subscribe now!