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2017 Modernism Week Showhouse

Happy hues and midcentury silhouettes impress at the Modernism week Showhouse in Palm Springs

Written by Clara Haneberg
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    For the third consecutive year, Traditional Home traveled to Palm Springs, California, to partner with designer Christopher Kennedy in celebrating the classic design style that is midcentury modern. The 2017 Christopher Kennedy Compound Modernism Week Showhouse was also a renovation. Social media star Kelly Lee—of lifestyle blog Kelly Golightly—and her husband, Klaus, opened the doors of their refreshed 6,500-square-foot villa in the Andreas Hills area to raise money to support preservation, education, and neighborhoods in Palm Springs. More than 20 talented designers, including Kennedy and Lee, shared their interpretations of midcentury modern design. Join us for a tour. 

    Exterior by Bruce Clark

    The terra-cotta roof and bold yellow door make this midcentury-style home stand out. A pink flamingo and large sculpture greet guests on the front lawn. 

    Builder: Bruce Clark, DES Desert Properties, Palm Desert, California.

    Photography: Victoria Pearson  
    Produced by Jenny Bradley Pfeffer

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    Foyer by Debs Camplin for kate spade new york

    The entry, by Kate Spade New York’s senior vice president of design for home Debs Camplin, serves up a sunny greeting to guests. “The homeowner is a quintessentially Kate Spade New York girl—she’s modern, she’s playful, she’s strong—so we wanted to create something uniquely feminine for her,” Camplin says. A chest in an antique mirror finish by Kate Spade New York for EJ Victor provides storage to tuck away purses. Colorful framed abstracts pop against Kravet’s sterling awning-stripe wallcovering, while a gilded “bouquet” lamp by Kate Spade New York for Visual Comfort illuminates with whimsy.  

    Designer: Debs Camplin, Kate Spade New York; 866/999-5283;

    Flooring “Avenza Honed White Marble”: Country Floors;
    Table lamp “Keaton Bouquet”: Circa Lighting; 877/762-2323;
    Wallpaper “Grosgrain” in Sterling: Kravet; 800/645-9068;
    Vase “Pearl Place Rosebowl,” framed artwork, mirrored console “Dover Chest in Antique Mirror,” stool “Syrie Stool,” chair “Sinclair Lounge Chair,” and side table “Mini Ellery Side Table,” all from the EJ Victor Kate Spade New York collection, purse “Woodley Avenue Delphine” (not currently available): Kate Spade New York; 866/999-5283;

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    Living Room by Barclay Butera

    Charisma radiates in the light and bright living room by Barclay Butera. “Palm Springs has always held such a Rat Pack vibe for me,” he says. The designer’s posh space pays homage to the golden age of Hollywood. Visual Comfort’s alluring chandelier joins other gilt accents—note the coffee table’s sleek linear legs. “I love it when no one’s back faces the room,” Butera says of the seating arrangement, with armchairs, ottoman, and spacious sectional sofa by Lexington Home Brands. Luxe textiles, such as shag pillows and the designer’s own grass-cloth wallcovering for Winfield Thybony, layer on the glamour. The Avenza white marble flooring is by Country Floors. 

    Designer: Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera, Inc., Newport Beach, California; 949/650-8570;

    Flooring “Avenza Honed White Marble”: Country Floors;
    Wallpaper from the Barclay Butera collection: Winfield Thyboni Design;
    Carpet: Nourison; 800/223-1110;
    Chandelier, table lamps flanking sofa: Visual Comfort & Co.; 866/344-3875;
    Sofa, chairs, coffee table, side table flanked by chairs, side table with white legs, round side table with marble top, sofa table, white plush pillows, decorative items: Lexington Home Brands; 800/539-4636;
    Floor lamp: Bradburn Gallery;
    Gold urn on side table: Port 68;
    Sofa pillows: Barclay Butera, Inc., Newport Beach, California; 949/650-8570;

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    Dining Room by Christopher Kennedy

    Color and pattern converge in the dining room by Christopher Kennedy. “It’s the first thing you see, straight ahead, as you enter the front doors,” Kennedy says. “So I knew I wanted it
    to be a swoon-worthy room that would make guests gasp—and they did.” Jim Thompson fabrics and vinyl wallcovering dress the room in dynamic hues. Despite being “a bit risky,” the designer says, the 1960s Ibex dining table is his favorite. The head chairs and tufted side chairs are from The Mine. A bar cabinet adds flexibility when hosting intimate gatherings.

    Designer: Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy, Inc., Palm Springs, California; 760/325-3214;

    Flooring “Avenza Honed White Marble”: Country Floors;
    Table vintage “Ibex Heads Table” by Alain Chervet: Christopher Kennedy, Inc., Palm Springs, California; 760/325-3214;
    Side chairs, host chairs: Sunpan;
    Fabrics for chairs, fabric for bench cushions, drapery fabric, wallpaper, fabric for pillows on bench: Jim Thompson Fabrics;
    Sideboard “Milan Bar Cabinet” from the Florence Broadhurst collection: Selamat;
    Bench at window, mirrored obelisks on side table, white urn on sideboard from the Roger Thomas Collection for Global Views, cacti sculptures on sideboard Dwell Studio for Global Views, tableware and stemware B. By Brandie: The Mine;
    Ceiling paint “Winter White”: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    Framed artwork on sideboard: Lesli DeVito, Lesli DeVito Paintings;
    Rug: Antique Galleries of Palm Springs;
    Chandelier: Fine Art Lamps: through Ferguson;

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    Kitchen by Kelli Ellis

    “It’s the desert look with a traditional aesthetic,” Kelli Ellis says of the crisp kitchen. Clean white cabinets from Eggersmann are accented by gold hardware. A custom hood, a midcentury-style orb ceiling fixture, and backsplash tile from the designer’s collection with TileBar continue the glitzy scheme. “It illustrates that all metals really can be mixed,” Ellis says. A marble farm sink imbues charm while a large island affords ample space for entertaining. Bar stools with salmon-pink upholstery and polished gold-tone legs lend pizzazz. 

    Designer: Kelli Ellis, Kelli Ellis Designs, LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada;

    Flooring “Avenza Honed White Marble”: Country Floors;
    Wall and ceiling paint “Whisper”: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    Drapery rod: Amazon;, search: drapery rods.
    Wall tile “Alexa” from the Kelli Ellis collection: Tilebar;
    Cabinetry: Eggersmann;
    Cabinet hardware: Nest Studio;
    Countertops “Zodiaq” in London Fog: DuPont Zodiaq Quartz Surfaces; 877/229-3935;
    Range: Thermador; 800/735-4328;
    Sink faucet, pot filler: Dornbracht USA, Inc.; 800/774-1181;
    Range hood custom design by Kelli Ellis: through Modern Aire;
    Ceiling light “Pontil”: George Kovacs Lighting, a division of the Minka Group; 800/221-7977;
    Stools “Lawrence Bar Stools”: Sunpan;
    Tableware from the Belmont collection: Viski;
    Glassware from the Butera collection: Zodax;
    Tiered servers “Serviette” by IMAX Worldwide, marble vase with broad gold band “Olivia” by IMAX Worldwide: The Mine;
    Gold-edge glass container “Footed Candy Dish”: Classic Touch;

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    Office by Michel Smith Boyd

    Michel Smith Boyd went muted and masculine in the office. “This is what a destination work space looks like for a contemporary desert dweller,” he says. With the exterior views as his inspiration, Smith Boyd set out to create a calming atmosphere conducive to thinking. The desk—a marble slab top and four solid marble bases—is the designer’s favorite piece while the brass stool and vintage chair with blue upholstery are close seconds. A club chair and coordinating ottoman offer a more relaxed place to work. Contrasting Crossville floor tiles form a chevron pattern. The inventive chandelier is available through Ferguson.

    Designer: Michel Smith Boyd, SmithBoyd Interiors, Atlanta; 404/402-4224;

    Flooring: Crossville, Inc.;
    Wallpaper “Maranta Arrowroot Grass Cloth” in Black, drapery fabric 36249-499, drapery hardware from the Modern collection in Chrome: Duralee; 800/275-3872;
    Trim paint “Coal Miner”: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    Desk: “Arcaico Table” by Kreoo, étagère “George,” stool “Brass Architect Stool,” table lamp “Plank Concept 5”: Coup D’etat;
    Chair and ottoman at drapery corner “David Chair,” desk chair: through Christopher Kennedy, Inc., Palm Springs, California; 760/325-3214;
    Chandelier “Sirkus”: Elan Lighting;
    Floor lamp “Forma” by Kelly Wearstler: Circa Lighting; 877/762-2323;
    Desk blotter in Light Brown and Moonstone: Addison Weeks;
    Throw blanket on chair “Chunky Woven Throw”: B.D. Jeffries;
    Fur throw pillow in chair: Interior Illusions;

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    Powder Room by Keith Fortner

    A Marilyn Monroe photo by Milton Greene inspired Keith Fortner to create this feminine powder room. The 3-D-printed faucet from DXV was the first piece Fortner selected. “The faucet had never been seen before, and I wanted the rest of the space to elevate it as a unique showpiece,” he says. “Chrysanthemum” crystal sconces from Fine Art Lamps accent a floral hemp wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries. A curvy-frame mirror echoes the AlysEdwards tile flooring’s stainless-steel inlay. 

    Designer: Keith Fortner, Christopher Kennedy, Inc., Palm Springs, California; 760/325-3214;

    Flooring “Turbine” in Calacatta Marble and Stainless Steel from the Suave Dueue collection: AlysEdwards Tile & Stone;
    Wallcovering “Wish” in Pink Wisp on Manila Hemp; Phillip Jeffries, Ltd.; 800/576-5455;
    Sconce “Chrysanthemums” by Fine Art Lamps, faucets “Trope” 3-D-printed faucet by DXV for American Standard, vanity “Lavello” by Victoria + Albert: through Ferguson;
    Mirror by Barclay Butera: Mirror Image Home;
    Vase (similar items available) by Global Views: The Mine;

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    West Guest Room by Joy Cho

    Just like her home decor collection, Oh Joy! for Target, the colorful guest retreat by Joy Cho exudes happiness. “It’s like a party in your bedroom,” the designer says. A daybed upholstered in an imaginative fabric perches under the window. The “YAY” vases and “OMG” bookends are part of the designer’s Oh Joy! line. Cho created the DIY pom-pom draperies and the gold-dot decals applied to the walls. The sculptural ceiling pendant is from Visual Comfort. 

    Designer: Joy Cho, Oh Joy!, Los Angeles;

    Bed by Skyline Furniture: The Mine;
    Duvet and coverlet (similar items available), rug, round gold mirror by Nate Berkus (similar items available), gold-and-white pillows “Oh Joy! Cloud Pillow,” bench “Oh Joy! Large Confetti Multi Bench,” bookcase (similar items available), YAY vases “Oh Joy! YAY Vases,” OMG bookends “Oh Joy! OMG Vases,” framed artwork Oh Joy! Let’s Go (similar items available), lava lamp by Lava Lite: Target;
    Ceiling light from the Kelly Wearstler collection: Visual Comfort & Co.; 866/344-3875; visualcomfort.
    Lidded boxes (painted after purchase): Michaels Stores, Inc.;

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    West Guest Room Bath by Meg Caswell

    Custom tile panels by Allison Eden Studios served as the jumping-off point for the guest bath by Meg Caswell. “I love the mix of mirrored and colored glass,” Caswell says. To highlight the
    tile, she laid it in strips accented with orb sconces. Thibaut’s arresting orange sisal wraps the small space in texture. An oval mirror offsets the angles of the rectangular marble vanity. The vintage cactus containers were discovered in Palm Springs. 

    Designer: Meg Caswell, Fifth & Castle;;

    Orange wallcovering “Shang Extra Fine Sisal” in Tangerine: Thibaut Design; 800/223-0704;
    Wall tile custom by Allison Eden Studios: through Tile Designs by Fina, Palm Desert, California; 760/636-1744;
    Vanity “Owen” in White Lacquer with Nickel base: Worlds Away;
    Faucet, mirror “Oval Mirror in Porcelain and Polished Chrome” by Kichler: through Ferguson;

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    West Patio by Jean Liu

    You could say the west patio by Jean Liu is a bit bananas. “Our catchphrase for the showhouse design was ‘We’re bananas for Palm Springs,’ so bananas play a central role in the design,” Liu explains. A quirky custom mural by Craig Grimston introduces excitement to a long, white stucco wall while Bolon’s striped floor covering conceals the ordinary concrete slab. Clean-lined outdoor furniture by Stori Modern flaunts the brand’s signature colors of yellow, black, and gray. Potted cacti and beautiful mountain views complete the energetic escape. 

    Designer: Jean Liu, Jean Liu Design, Dallas; 214/238; 2112;

    Wall mural by Craig Grimston: Muralicious;
    Table, chairs, side table, love seat, white pillows with bananas, gray pillows with yellow piping, yellow cushions with gray piping: Stori Modern;
    Floor covering from the Missoni collection: Bolon;

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    Lounge by Grace Home Furnishings

    Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker of Grace Home Furnishings introduced tropical flair to the lounge. “We wanted the room to have the feeling of a grand tented cabana,” Ostrow says, calling attention to the dramatic Osborne & Little wallcoverings on the walls and pitched ceiling. The duo kept most of the larger pieces in solid colors—note the green leather swivel chairs. In this pass-through space to the main living areas, the seating needed to float in the middle of the room. “There are no square corners, making the walkway more comfortable,” Stoker says. The bar area with acrylic stools also serves as the main entrance off the pool. An open console stores floor pillows beneath. The modern gas fireplace is by Malm. 

    Designers: Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker, Grace Home Furnishings, Palm Springs, California; 760/904-6337;

    Flooring “Avenza Honed White Marble”: Country Floors;
    Wallcovering “Bird of Paradise” in Kiwi, ceiling covering “Nevis Jade”: Osborne & Little, 877/322-7420;
    Fireplace “Gas Zircon 34”: Malm Fireplaces;
    Bar stools “Hayden”: H Studio;
    Cabinet inside bar area “Criteria Display Cabinet”: Bernhardt;
    Green chairs “Tess Swivel Chair” from the Grace Home collection, flame-stitch bench under blue table, white upholstered sectional sofa “Clark -Sectional,” blue-and-white ice bucket “Enoch Aqua Ice Bucket”: Grace Home Furnishings, Palm Springs, California; 760/904-6337;
    Light blue table by fireplace “Waterfall Console”: Port 68;
    Coffee table “Paquin Cocktail Table,” small round table “Martini Table”: Vanguard Furniture;
    Blue vases on side table “Turquoise and Gold-Edged Vases”: Two’s Company;
    Coasters on side table “Crown Coasters”: Global Views;
    Blue egg on blue table: Tozai Home;
    White urn with lemons “Thomas Pheasant Urn”: Baker Furniture;
    Sconces flanking fireplace “Bistro Double Light Curved Sconce,” chandelier “Bistro Medium Round Chandelier”: Visual Comfort & Co.; 866/344-3875;
    Green-and-white throw: In2Green;

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    Family room by Kelly Lee

    “I envisioned this sunny spot inviting you to kick back with a book and a martini while a record plays in the background,” homeowner and designer Kelly Lee says. 

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    Family Room by Kelly Lee

    The family room’s upbeat palette was inspired by the vibrant front doors in Palm Springs—note the framed prints by Fred Moser. A wallcovering with silver flecks introduces glitz to the back wall. Lamps Plus provided the arc lamp and yellow chaise. A disco ball, fanciful pillows, and a faux-fur throw augment the inviting corner. The plush patterned carpet is by Stanton. “It’s colorful, cozy, and glamorous—Palm Springs to a tee,” she says.

    Designer: Kelly Lee, Kelly Golightly;;

    Flooring “York” in Mist from the Bristol collection: Stanton;
    Wallcovering “Pas de Trois Diamond and Pearls”: Juju Papers;
    Wall paint “Polished Pink”: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    Yellow chaise longue: “Engage Sunny Fabric Tufted Right-Arm Chaise,” floor lamp “White Euro Flower Arc Lamp” by Possini: Lamps Plus;
    Side table “Ring C Side Table”: West Elm;
    Framed images The Real Houses of Palm Springs by Fred Moser: Pure Photo;
    Framing “Irvine White Frame”: Framebridge;
    Record player by Crosley;
    Yellow-and-orange pillow “Charlotte”: The Blush Label;
    Eye pillow “The Magical Eye”: Urban Outfitters;
    Lumbar pillow “Crewel Slice,” faux fur throw: West Elm;
    Gold disco ball: Party at the Disco;
    Vintage Breakfast at Tiffany’s book, vintage record albums: Chairish;

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    Atrium by Cynthia Spence

    Just want to hang? Cynthia Spence equipped the indoor-outdoor atrium with everything you need, including a fringed hammock. “In my head I saw someone taking a catnap in the hammock,” Spence says. The weatherproof room—featuring a sisal rug, two large skylights, and Perennials outdoor upholstery—withstands inclement weather in style. White Roman shades with subtle pattern provide privacy. Stori Modern’s handwoven wicker ottoman offers an extra place to sit. The white gesso chandelier is from Paul Ferrante.

    Designer: Cynthia Spence, Cynthia Spence Design, Inc.;;

    Chaise longue “Tabloid”: Stori Modern;
    Fabric for Roman shades “Galloway Sheer Fabric” in Geometric by MYB Textiles: through Harbinger Los Angeles;
    Chandelier “Marina” by Paul Ferrante: HEWN;
    Area rug “Clovis Flatweave” in Jute and Cotton: Woven Designs;
    Fabric for hammock “Elements” in Blueberry: Perennials Outdoor Fabrics, Inc.;
    Fabrics for pillows: Dedar Fabrics;

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    East Guest Room by Sarah Sherman Samuel

    “I pushed the boundaries on pattern, scale, and finish in order to excite with a bit of sensory overload,” Sarah Sherman Samuel says of the east guest bedroom. “Pink Agate” wallcovering from the designer’s own collection wraps the space in organic pattern, which Samuel counterbalanced with a wide-striped rug. A lavender chair and fuzzy stool afford comfortable seating. Natural wood pieces, such as the large dresser and cerused-oak coffee table, juxtapose shiny brass elements. An original drawing by The Cartorialist joins an oversize mirror to accessorize the walls. “I wanted the room to have the feel of a high-end boutique hotel,” Samuel says. 

    Designer: Sarah Sherman Samuel, Los Angeles;

    Wallpaper “Pink Agate Wallpaper” by Sarah Sherman Samuel, coffee table “Cerused Oak Octagon” with brass: Sarah Sherman Samuel;
    Bureau “Simple Dresser”: Kalon Studios;
    Rug “Tribeca”: eSale Rugs;
    Drapery “Striped Ikat Curtain,” floor lamp “Sphere and Stem,” round mirror “Metal Framed Mirror” in Antique Brass, tan sofa “Esme,” stool at table “Mongolian Lamb Stool,” vases on bureau “Totem Vases”: West Elm;
    Ceiling light: through Ferguson;
    Framed artwork commissioned: The Cartorialist;
    Framing “White Frame”: Simply Framed;
    Table lamp “Linden”: Kelly Wearstler;
    Lavender chair “Harvey Probber Lounge Chair”: Consort Design;
    Wooden table at chair “Arches Stool,” gold-and-white sculptures on coffee table “Hourglass Pillar Candleholders”: High Fashion Home;
    Fluffy pillow, side table with marble top at sofa, urchin sculptures: Lulu & Georgia;
    Bowl on bureau “Muse”: Jonathan Adler;

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    “Bubble” Bath by Dawn McCoy

    Dawn McCoy teamed with Möet to fashion the ultimate “bubble” bath. “The room bubbles over with effervescence, understated glamour, and unabashed whimsy,” McCoy says, noting the tub, lined and filled with bottles of rosé champagne. Tilework by AlysEdwards on the bath wall and floor evokes a spa-like aura. The gilt polka-dot wallcovering by Kate Spade New York through Kravet mimics the fizzy beverage. A faux-bois table ensures a phone—and cupcakes—are within arm’s reach while taking a soak. Audrey Hepburn art, fresh roses, and a shaggy pink rug finish the feminine retreat.  

    Designer: Dawn McCoy,;

    Flooring “Turn on the Telly” in Cloudy and shower wall tile “Abbey Road” in Cloudy, both from the London Calling collection: AlysEdwards Tile & Stone;
    Rug: World Market;
    Table, striped vase by Keith Fortner: Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy, Inc., Palm Springs, California; 760/325-3214;
    Cake plate: Over the Rainbow Desserts;
    Audrey artwork: Jo Almeida.

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    “Cloffice” by Natasha Minasian

    Dubbed the “Cloffice”—a hybrid between a closet and an office—this wardrobe-meets-workstation by Natasha Minasian marries utility with style. Utilizing The Container Store’s TCS Closets system, Minasian created a stylish sanctuary that displays the homeowner’s love for fashion. “I wanted the woman who collected this wardrobe to have a place to enjoy it and enjoy the process of getting dressed,” she says. An acrylic desk sits pretty atop Stanton’s patterned carpet. A fuzzy stool, a Visual Comfort crystal-spike chandelier, and Dorothy Draper’s iconic banana-leaf wallcovering amp up the glamour. 

    Designer: Natasha Minasian, Natasha Minasian Interiors, 949/416-6135;

    Cabinetry “TCS Closet System”: The Container Store; 888/266-8246;
    Carpet: Stanton;
    Wall and ceiling paint “Winter White”: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    Desk, chair, lips sculpture by Kelly Wearstler, silver pineapple: Designers Resource Collection;
    Wallpaper “Brazilliance”: Dorothy Draper Fabric and Wallcoverings;
    Bench with fur cover from the Shine by S.H.O. collection: Sho Modern;
    Chandelier by Visual Comfort: through Ferguson;

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    “Cloffice” Bath by Dee Murphy

    The adjoining bath by Dee Murphy makes an impact while still being soothing. Cole & Son’s soft blue flamingo wallcovering references homeowner Kelly Lee’s love for the majestic birds. “The photography reminded me of something Lee would wear and picks up the pattern on the black-and-white floor tiles,” Murphy says. The designer’s own rattan settee gives the room “relaxed, California-girl energy,” she says. Chic sconces, a substantial vanity, and a mirror found while thrift-shopping round out the serene bath.

    Designer: Dee Murphy, Murphy Deesign,;

    Flooring “The Thriving” in Timeless from the Feel collection: AlysEdwards Tile & Stone;
    Wallcovering “Flamingos”: Cole & Son;
    Vanity “Mandela 114” by Victoria + Albert, faucets “Randall Widespread Bathroom Faucet with Cross Handles” by DXV: through Ferguson;
    Sconce at mirror “Strada”: Kelly Wearstler;
    Bench “Diamond Rattan Settee”: Wend Studio;
    Purse on settee “Ark Bag”: Cult Gaia;
    Round items on wall “Marble Wall Hooks”: CB2;
    Photograph above settee Across the Street: Nicole Cohen;

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    Laundry Room by Rachel Cannon

    Rachel Cannon made sure the laundry room is memorable. “They’re often thought of as strictly utilitarian,” Cannon says. “I wanted to take some of the headache out of the chore of washing clothes.” Again, Palm Springs’ iconic doors played a role in the design. Cannon had the newly installed storage cabinet doors—re-creations of three famous front door designs—coated in bright colors from Dunn-Edwards Paints. The printed grass cloth suggests a midcentury vibe while remaining current. A burl stool, a white console, and a vintage rug furnish the well-appointed space. 

    Designer: Rachel Cannon, Rachel Cannon, Ltd., Baton Rouge, 225/361-8913;

    Flooring “Avenza Honed White Marble”: Country Floors;
    Wallcovering “Union Square” in Teal on White Manila Hemp Grass Cloth: Phillip Jeffries, Ltd.; 800/576-5455;
    Fabrication of cabinetry: Able and Baker Custom Cabinets;
    Paints for cabinets “Jade Mountain,” “Sunrise,” and “Carnation”: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    Cabinet pulls “Empire Bin Pull,” cabinet knobs “Fluted Top Knob”: Rocky Mountain Hardware;
    Countertop in Decorator White: DuPont Corian;
    Washer and dryer from the 800 series: Bosch;
    Dressing table “Dalton White Lacquer 1-Drawer Side Table,” bench “Biggs Burlwood Stool” with white linen cushion: Worlds Away;
    Framed artwork Pattern Parade: Wendover Art Group;
    Bowls on dryer: TJ Maxx;
    Ceiling light “Grand Lotus Flush Mount”: Currey & Co., Atlanta; 678/533-1500;

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    Master Bedroom by Trellis Home

    “It’s meant to be an oasis that complements the pool views,” says Allison Mattison, who designed the master bedroom with her partner at Trellis Home, Liza Sharp. A cockatoo wallcovering by Florence Broadhurst energizes the lively design. The custom bed canopy is garnished with teal tiebacks from the designers’ trim collection for Pyar & Co. The headboard, bedding, and flanking bedside tables with lacquered grass-cloth detailing are by Selamat Designs. Stanton’s “Hunter Hill” carpet provides comfort underfoot.  

    Designers: Allison Mattison and Liza Sharp, Trellis Home Design, Hingham, Massachusetts; 917/678-5861;

    Wall paint “Whisper,” ceiling paint “Morning Calm”: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    Carpet “Hunter Hill” in Cirrus: Stanton;
    Bed canopy and bed skirt custom design: Trellis Home Design, Hingham, Massachusetts; 917/678-5861;
    Fabrication of canopy and bed skirt: Vincent Kaye Drapery Manufacturing, Orange, California; 714/283-0515.
    White fabric for drapery and canopy “Bailey” Crypton fabric in Snow White; Thibaut Design; 800/223-0704;
    Drapery and canopy trim “Solid Band Tape” in Turquoise: Robert Allen; 800/333-3777;
    White tassel tiebacks on canopy by Trellis Home: Pyar & Co.;
    Wallpaper and fabric for interior of bed canopy and bed skirt “Cockatoo” in custom Eggshell Blue and Ivory, white headboard Shanghai Tufted Deco Headboard, bedding “Matelasse Chinese Key” coverlet and Euroshams, throw pillows “Hawaiian Topaz” in Solar Marine and “Egrets Linen” in Topaz, mirror “Aubrey Clad Mirror” in Gold, candelabra at bedside “Curly Swiss Candelabra,” bedside tables “Shanghai Jade Nightstands,” bedside lamps “Mayfair Cockatoo Lamps” from the Florence Broadhurst collection by Selamat: Selamat;
    Chandelier “Josette” by Currey & Co.: through Ferguson;

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    Master Bath by Maya Williams

    The spacious master bath by Maya Williams beckons with cool colors and lavish materials. “From the shagreen-covered vanity to the crystal starburst fixture over the tub, each item really pops,” Williams says. She custom-designed the mosaic shower tile to complement the aqua-and-green wallcovering in a palm motif. Made Goods provided the cane vanity chair that pulls up to the perfect primping station. The shaded vanity sconces are Kate Spade New York for Visual Comfort. 

    Designer: Maya Williams, Maya Williams Design, LLC, Calabasas, California; 818/854-6031;

    Flooring “Avenza Honed White Marble”: Country Floors;
    Shower flooring “Flowers for Mum” in Cloudy and Mist from the London Calling collection: AlysEdwards Tile & Stone;
    Shower wall custom design: Maya Williams, Maya Williams Design, LLC, Calabasas, California; 818/854-6031;
    Glass tile for shower wall: Marin Designworks;
    Rug “Natural Alpaca”: The Rug Company;
    Wallcovering “Palmetto”: Nina Campbell, through Osborne & Little, 877/322-7420;
    Sconce light by Kate Spade: Visual Comfort & Co.; 866/344-3875;
    Ceiling light “Dunkirk”: Hudson Valley Lighting, Inc.; 800/814-3993;
    Mirror “Lillian Mirror,” vanity “Sorin Faux Shagreen Desk,” chair “Sylvie Cane Dining Chair,” white stool “Kimbra Ceramic Stool,” white urn “Grand Urn,” white footed container “Roman Bowl,” white bowl on vanity “Tarian Bowl”: Made Goods;
    Shower faucets and showerhead from the Percy collection by DXV for American Standard: through Ferguson;
    Tray on vanity “Callas Tray”: Pigeon and Poodle;

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    Terrace by Christopher Kennedy

    The terrace, also designed by Christopher Kennedy, is ideal for alfresco entertaining. “In Palm Springs we live outside, so I knew it needed to exude the nostalgic glamour for which our town is famous,” Kennedy says. A grand dining table from The Mine is anchored by 1970s “Peacock” rattan chairs in bright yellow. A wooden ceiling with painted pale blue inserts supports two Sputnik-inspired chandeliers. The midcentury-style side chairs are also from The Mine. Pool views prompt guests to take a dip after dessert. “It’s a Palm Springs dream brought to life,” Kennedy says.

    Designer: Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy, Inc., Palm Springs, California; 760/325-3214;

    Table bases by Safavieh, white side chairs “Utrecht Side Chair” by Control Brand, tableware and stemware B. By Brandie: The Mine;
    Table top: custom.
    Yellow host chairs “Painho”: Tidelli;
    Pendant lights: Corbett Lighting, Inc.; 800/267-2388;
    Paint for existing saltillo flooring: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    White sconces: through Ferguson;
    Orchid planters on table “Stacks” and blue and white floor planters, all by Christopher Kennedy: Hab-i-tudes;

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    Pool Area by Gray Malin

    The pool area by fine art photographer Gray Malin is an idyllic place to catch some sun. “My Tassel Umbrellas artwork evokes a resort-style getaway experience, so the pool was very fitting,” Malin says. The outdoor seating and coffee table, including the patterned bolsters and pillows, are by Amalfi Living. An umbrella from the designer’s collection for Santa Barbara Designs provides plenty of shade.  

    Designer: Gray Malin;

    Framed photography Tassel Umbrellas: Gray Malin;
    Chaise longues, lounge chairs, and coffee table, all from The Phoenician collection, throw pillows, bolsters: Amalfi Living;
    Umbrella “The Tassel” by Gray Malin, pavilion: Santa Barbara Designs;

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    Pool bath by Salvador Camarena

    “I call it ‘Bed, Bath and Beyoncé,’ ” Salvador Camarena says of the pool bath, which pays homage to the current queen of pop music. The vintage container filled with lemons alludes to the artist’s latest album, Lemonade. A statement-making starburst mirror crowns the navy vanity with its quartz countertop. Colorful towels are corralled in a gold wire hamper. Underneath, chevron floor tiles make the small space sing. 

    Designer: Salvador Camarena, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California;

    Flooring “Multi-Tasker” in Timeless from the Feel collection: AlysEdwards Tile & Stone;
    Mirror “36-inch Sunburst” in Polished Nickel, and vanity “Amora” in Navy, both by Ronbow: through Ferguson;
    Countertop: DuPont Zodiaq Quartz Surfaces; 877/229-3935;
    Wall paint “Whisper”: Dunn-Edwards Paints;
    Soap dispenser and gold basket from the Threshold collection: Target;

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    “Flamingo’s Nest” and Landscaping by Sammy Castro

    Positioned at the property’s highest point, Sammy Castro’s “Flamingo’s Nest” takes in the entire outdoor space. “The lounging area is intended for anyone who enjoys relaxing comfortably outside,” Castro says. A sculptural umbrella resembling bird wings shades the double chaise while orange and pink accessories integrate an appropriate palette. Curvaceous lanterns illuminate the stairs to the pool. Planters in varying hues and heights are potted with lush greenery. The turquoise grill is essential for poolside barbecues. 

    Designer: Sammy Castro, Sammy Castro Design, Los Angeles; 310/573-8645;

    Special thanks to our showhouse sponsors:  The Container StoreCrossville, Inc.Eggersmannkate spade new york; The MineStantonStori ModernVisual Comfort & Co.

    Double chaise, pillows, umbrella, low white planter bowl: Design Within Reach; 800/944-2233;
    Built-in range by Hestan: through Ferguson;
    Landscape plantings: Centeno’s Nursery and Landscaping, Inc.;
    Pool tile installation: Desert Glass Pools, Inc.;

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