When it came to decorating their second home, Douglas and Dennis wanted to stay close to the Mid-century modern roots of Palm Springs. “We wanted to furnish it really colorfully, really simply, and with a nod to Mid-century,” Dennis, a journalist, says of the lively pops of blue, green and orange they carried throughout the two-bedroom space. Using online finds and collected art to fill the white-walled condo, the space is light and airy but has a laid-back feel. “I find myself reading a book or a magazine or taking a nap, which I would never do at home!” admits Douglas, chuckling.
Did Palm Springs inspire the interior design?
Dennis: We wanted to pay tribute to the Mid-century modern look that’s so popular here in Palm Springs, so we furnished it really colorfully and really simply. It feels very different than our home in Los Angeles, which is a 1920s Mediterranean with a lot of art deco details and traditional furniture. Honestly, in some ways, it is more comfortable than our home in LA.
How did the decorating come together?
Douglas: The house was like a blank canvas, so when I walked in, I thought this would be a great house to have some fun art. The works of art all have splashes of color and are all very relaxing and serene or fun which is what this house is all about.
Dennis: The design inspiration started with the blue sofa, and it grew from there. We’d decided we wanted the primary colors in the house to be blue like the sofa, green like the chairs, and then orange. It makes it kind of fun to decorate when you’re dealing with those specific colors.
What’s your exit strategy when you’re here for the weekend?
Dennis: When we’re here for the weekend, we get to spend all Sunday hanging out. We have dinner, we put our son in his pajamas, and we hop in the car. When we get back to LA, we put him straight to bed and the weekend’s over.
What does this vacation home mean to you?
Douglas: It’s a nearby escape that feels like another world. I can just feel myself relaxing and I always sleep really well here.
really simply, and with a nod to Mid-century.
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