The Getaway

Douglas and Dennis - Palm Springs, CA

Step inside a colorful vacation home in Palm Springs that serves as a source of relaxation and escape for one busy Los Angeles family.
For Douglas and Dennis, the daily grind in Los Angeles left them longing for a weekend home to get away from it all. “New York has the Hamptons and LA has Palm Springs,” Douglas, a hospital executive, says with a laugh. The couple’s search for a stress-free zone led them to a light-filled, two-story condo in Palm Springs, where, for more than a year, they’ve been escaping together with their 10-year-old son, Lonan, and black lab, Cooper. “As soon as I unlock the door, I get into relaxation mode,” says Douglas. “I step inside, grab a nightcap and say, ‘Ahhh!’”
 

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?

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.

New York has the Hamptons and LA has Palm Springs

- Douglas

How did the decorating come together?

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.

As soon as I unlock the door, I get into relaxation mode. I step inside, grap a nightcap and say, 'Ahhh!'

- Douglas

What’s your exit strategy when you’re here for the weekend?

Douglas: At any time, we can just get in the car and go. I hate packing. So I wanted there to be everything at the condo so that we didn’t even need our toothbrushes. There’s even dog food here for the dog.

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?

Dennis: I’d say this home is a refuge from a really busy, noisy life in Los Angeles. You come out here and it’s just quiet and peaceful and there’s just nothing to do or lots to do—anything that you want. There are always friends in town, so we wind up doing a lot of get-togethers.

Douglas: It’s a nearby escape that feels like another world. I can just feel myself relaxing and I always sleep really well here.
We wanted to furnish it really colorfully,
really simply, and with a nod to Mid-century.

- Dennis

Take the Tour

Go inside a cool desert getaway that inspires a sense of escape and total relaxation with white walls, jolts of color and handpicked art.

Is it true that you named your home?

Dennis: We named the house Casita Margarita for no particular reason except that it rhymes and we like margaritas! Cocktail hour is a big deal here in Palm Springs and, depending on who you’re hanging out with, it can start pretty early.

What’s the future look like at Casita Margarita?

Doglas: It’s a really great area. I’m hoping to be here many years. This home was a labor of love, and we’re going to be here for a while, hopefully.
This home is a refuge from a really busy, noisy life in Los Angeles. You come out here, and it’s just quiet and peaceful and there’s just nothing to do or lots to do.

- Dennis

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