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I was just in Palm Springs and fell in love with the Palm Springs Modern aesthetic. There is something about the rough and tumble desert environment coupled with sleek modern design and pops of hot colors that echo the bright sunshine and crisp blue sky.
I found there are two distinct looks to desert interiors. The first is characterized by classic mid-century decor peppered with lots of plastic, Lucite and bright colors. There is also a heavy dose of Grandma’s old accessories and furniture that can be found in this look however whatever seemed dated in the past has now been re-imagined for modern interiors. Let’s not forget that the desert has been called Heaven’s Waiting Room...morbid but somewhat true. That said, grandma’s heirlooms can either be painted bright colors or recovered with cheerful new fabrics. Even an avocado hue, or any variety of green table lamp, can be revived with a funky new shade!
Shopping List: 1. Annabelle Mid-Century Modern French Yellow Linen Chair; 2. Frederick Cooper Ivory Eden Table Lamp; 3. Zuo Wilco White Dining Table; 4. Jonathan Adler Parker Collection Brass Wall Sconce; 5. Tangerine Decorative Pillow; 6. Bronze Spiral Metal Wall Decor
The second Palm Springs Modern look is earthy and takes its design bent from the landscape. Darker woods, exposed stone and nubbier textiles dominate this look. Earthenware pottery and moody artwork makes this more hipster chic to the preppier look I discussed before. I picture an old retired professor having curated this look in the 1960s and it’s come back to us in 2013 to embrace and enjoy.
Shopping List: 1. Eclectic Brown and Silver Silent Wall Clock 2. Arteriors Home Tavia Terracotta Oak White Table Lamp 3. Set of 2 Juna I/II Modern Framed Wall Art
Photos: Habitually Chic, Paloma 81.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.