The Weekend Retreat

Ossie and Craig - Palm Springs, CA

A pair of Palm Springs locals give us a tour around their whimsical and sun-drenched vacation home that inspires you to “come on, get happy!”

What happens when a Mid-century leaning minimalist meets an interior designer with colorful tendencies? They create a weekend home that radiates pure joy. Dappled with citrusy shots of yellow and tropical blue, the Mid-century modern vacation home of longtime Palm Spring residents Ossie Saguil and Craig Mann brings a breath of fresh air into the desert. “It puts a nice smile on our faces when we come here," says Ossie, a physician who traded in the hustle and bustle of L.A. life nearly 15 years ago. “I think Doris Day would be happy here,” says Craig, an interior designer and event producer. He’s right; a luxurious leather daybed, cheerful polka dot kitchen curtains and a small putting green out back reinforce a certain Old Hollywood charm.

 
“We wanted to honor the architecture itself and impart the
feeling that you’re going back in time.”

- Ossie S.

Finding a Mid-Century Modern Gem

Nearly two years ago, shortly after meeting partner Craig, Ossie leapt at the chance to snap up one of only 40 condominiums in the exclusive Park Imperial South neighborhood. “Units don’t easily come up for sale, so we moved to purchase it right away,” says Ossie of the two-bedroom fixer upper.

Designed by renowned modernist architect Barry Berkus in 1960 as an early experiment in condo living, the homes on the secluded 3.5-acre property bear his trademark details: accordion-style plate rooflines, terrazzo tile floors and a clever use of concrete blocks inside and out. “We wanted to honor the architecture itself and impart the feeling that you’re going back in time,” says Ossie.

Coloring Outside the Lines

Ossie and Craig’s second home gave them an outlet to color outside the lines, taking a departure from the more subdued interiors of their primary residence just a mile away. “We wanted to come into a happy place so we chose colors to reflect that as soon as you walk in,” says Ossie.

The once all-white space begged for a pop of color, and it all began when they found and painted the kitchen’s original stove hood a retro blue. Building on the theme, blue and yellow accent walls bookend the open living room bathed by sunlight from sliding glass doors that look out onto a private courtyard. “We’re not sure we could live here on a daily basis,” says Craig admittedly, “but it makes us happy when we come here.”
We wanted to come into a happy place so we chose
colors to reflect that as soon as you walk in.

- Craig M.

It Takes Two

It Takes Two

Though Ossie and Craig have different design aesthetics, they proved to have the perfect balance to furnish their home over many weekends spent antiquing and salvaging. “I’m a designer and an artist and he’s a physician, so you’d think that he’d be a bit more traditional and regimented, but it’s the complete opposite,” begins Craig of their design dynamic. “He’s all over the board and I’m reining him in!”

To balance all the bright tones, Craig suggested a handful of black accents, including a knick-knack-filled etagere and a pair of bejeweled black jaguars—a proud display of their witty side. “We just started collecting things in an eclectic way and it all came together,” says Ossie of the thoughtful mix of old, new and inherited pieces.

The Good Life

The Good Life

By using the Mid-century era as a blueprint (pun intended) for their vision, the couple created a vibrant sanctuary that is the perfect canvas for their version of living the good life in the desert. “Palm Springs is the perfect place to do nothing,” confesses Ossie, “Except at five o’clock—then everyone is having cocktails!”

Indeed, the condo is perfect for entertaining, sort of like a cozy cocktail lounge. When they’re visiting, the men make sure the fridge is always stocked for impromptu gatherings, including (and especially) ingredients for creations that match their blue and yellow abode. For their housewarming party, Craig filled a punch bowl with equal parts lemon sherbet and Champagne as a throwback speciality drink. “Welcome to Palm Springs,” Craig says with a laugh.

Take the Tour

Take a peek inside Ossie and Craig’s easy, breezy Palm Springs hideaway.

We just started collecting things in an eclectic way
and it all came together.

- Ossie S.

Bring this look home

One of our favorite elements of this weekend retreat is it’s vibrant color palette and Mid-century silhouettes. Explore our collection inspired by Ossie and Craig’s favorite designs.

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