Palm Springs Mid-Century Mash-up

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I recently spent a week in Palm Springs. I spent the entire time absorbing the abundance of mid-century architecture and furniture, not to mention the sunshine! Even if you can't make a trip to Palm Springs, there is no reason why you can't infuse a bit of Palm Springs style into your home, just in time for summer. 

I was lucky to stay at the most tastefully styled Airbnb during my stay. Below are some photos. 

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As you can see, there is no shying away from color, which I love.  And it's awesome how this house injected its own style and funk by adding so many patterns with the clean mid-century furniture as a canvas. This unique combination brings in energy and fun, the ideal feel for a Palm Springs home. One last takeaway is that there is a good mix of old and new in the styling of this home, which prevents everything from feeling one note. Instead, we have spaces that are eclectic, colorful and true to its mid-century roots. 

I get it, we all don't live within driving distance to Palm Springs. But people aren't just flocking to Palm Springs because of the warm weather. It exudes this vibe of fun, nostalgia and carefree spirit in its architecture and style. You can capture the Palm Springs spirit and bring it into your own home with just a few tweaks. Below are some suggestions! 

To complete this look, I would recommend inserting some vintage accessories to truly bring it all together. Yes, this look is very of the moment, but remove the rug and perhaps some of the throw pillows, and you're left with a very versatile blank slate that can be changed to suit your mood even 5, 10, 15 years from now! 


The Blueprint: A Dining Room Takes Flight

As some of you know, I'm currently working on a project in Brooklyn, NY.  The installation date is quickly approaching and we're shopping like mad to get the necessary artwork, furniture and accessories.  Since I shared the plan of attack for the foyer area--you can see it here--I thought it would be nice to share the mock-up for the dining room area as well before the big reveal. 

I'm unbelievably excited that the client decided to purchase the Paule Marrot artwork "Doves." I've been obsessed with Marrot's work for many years, and one my dreams is to own a pair of her other famous artworks "Butterfly Blue" and "Butterfly Pink."  See below.  

There is a special place in my heart for gallery walls, but nothing can replace the big statement a large scale art piece makes in a living space.  Marrot's work is cheerful, upbeat, and brings in that perfect dash of whimsy into a modern space. 

The client's dining room has high loft ceilings, white walls, and mid-century furniture.  A perfect foundation for large scale colorful art.  The client decided on "Doves" by Marrot, a lovely piece that will remain timeless.  See below for the mood board. 

The Blueprint

1. Artwork.  "Doves" will take center stage in this room, and will be a nice contrast to the mid-century furniture in the room. 

2. Dining Table.  We will be working with the existing dining room furniture.  The walnut colored wood dining table alongside the upholstered dining chairs bring warmth and texture into the space. 

3. Lighting.  Taking advantage of the high ceilings, we decided on a pendant light with a twist. The crackled glass distinguishes this pendant from others and will bring a soft glow over the dining space. It's interesting, visually light and not overwhelming. 

4. Console Table. This will serve as the visual and physical separation between the living and dining room since the living area is all open concept.  It's streamlined and tucks behind the sectional nicely. 

5. Accessories.  I'll style the space during installation and will add details, including books, accessories, and plants.  I particularly love this sculptural teakwood planter, a modern twist with an organic feel.