When an East coast couple relocated from a large seaside duplex condominium to an even larger private home in the Southern California desert area of Palm Springs,, they wanted to create a home that reflected their lives together, their individual and shared interests, and the modern luxury they had come to enjoy.
The sparkling Forest chandelier from Currey & Co. sets the stage for a couple that loves to entertain. Warren arm and side chairs from Palecek surround a 102-inch, glass-top dining table from Bernhardt Interiors. The contemporary pieces are met with a 400-year-old Chinese folding screen one of the owners acquired 30 years ago, as well as a vintage, circa-1980 black lacquer sideboard by designer Greg Sheres.The details make the design. Stork leg candleholders from Arteriors flank a handblown Venetian glass vase. Custom oil artwork by Katherine Henneman and vintage 1920s silver candelabras purchased in Barcelona in the 1980s are the perfect accent for the modern Eglomise mirrored glass door sidebar with faux bois pattern by Bernhardt Interiors.A seating area in conversation with the open kitchen allows for entertainers to never leave the party. The sleek steel arms and textured upholstery of the Bernhardt Interiors Luxe armchairs make a connection to the Shagreen upholstery on the Palecek counter stools. Beckett hanging pendants from Currey & Co. shine a light on a Caesarstone countertop and decorative backsplash by Daltile. Fully retractable glass walls allow for indoor and outdoor spaces to blend as one.. Large-scale porcelain tiles create a cohesive flow throughout the expansive open space, while hand knotted, bamboo silk area rugs from Loloi ground and define individual seating areas. A pair of large-scale, hanging light fixtures connect the two areas, while their sculptural, wire frames allow for uninterrupted views of the open sky.Face-to-face Trenton sofas from Bernhardt Interiors set a perfect scene for gathering around the Heat N Glow fireplace. The Artic Cocktail Table, also from Bernhardt Interiors, provides functional beauty with its solid cast wood grain acrylic top and polished stainless steel base. “Mulatta Murada,” by Wayne Forte, 1987, hangs above the fireplace.A curve-backed sofa and swivel chairs from American Leather provide the perfect seating for a well-appointed media room. Hunter Douglas shades block the light for optimum viewing. The textured vinyl wall coverings are imported from Belgium and offer a level of sound absorption.In the daytime, floor to ceiling windows bathe the master bedroom in natural light. In the evening, custom room darkening designer shades from Hunter Douglas block exterior light and allow for perfect slumber. The Mosaic Panel Bed from Bernhardt Interiors is dressed in the Imogen Collection bedding by Eastern Accents.Blending styles beautifully. A modern faux snake top desk with polished stainless-steel base from Bernhardt Interiors is met with an authentic Eames Executive Chair from the 1980s, complete with original upholstery. African carved masks in shadow boxes complete the curated look.With the Mount San Jacinto rising in the background, the home’s exterior reflects the natural terrain. A stucco privacy wall aids in the creation of a personal oasis. The “stacked stone” exterior look is achieved with cast concrete.Poolside sophistication is found in a seating area outfitted with Summer Classics chairs and tables from Brown Jordan that surround a fire pit, also by Brown Jordan. A low bar top is surrounded by counter stools from Palacek and provides extra entertaining space. The travertine flooring allows for barefoot guests, even when temperatures rise above 100.A welcoming front path begs visitors to enter. River rock stones and cast concrete pavers lead the way to a reeded glass, solid core front door.Palm Springs perfection. The Rancho Mirage property is indicative of new builds throughout the Palm Springs region. The vibe is modern, sophisticated, and completely livable.Palm Springs perfection. The Rancho Mirage property is indicative of new builds throughout the Palm Springs region. A 20-by-40-foot Custom Teserra pool and Travertine Marble decks with a honed finish completes the private paradise. Large-scale umbrellas from Treasure Garden offer shelter from the desert sun, while lounge chairs from Brown Jordan tie this relaxing space to the fire pit area.
The recently built, 4,550-square-foot home offered the open floorplan they desired, along with the high vaulted ceilings and retractable glass walls that are common in newer construction in the area. Robert Legere Design stepped in to create a cohesive living environment that allowed for defined individual spaces and seating areas to flow naturally with one another and with the exterior living and entertaining spaces as well.
Individual rooms, like the dining and media rooms, also shine offering additional and varied places for entertaining and an emphasis on both comfort and luxury. An existing casita on the property was refreshed as well and offers private space for visiting guests to enjoy the desert lifestyle.
Throughout the home, art and objects collected on travels add important personality and infuse the couple’s new address with rich personal history. The result is a thoroughly modern home that speaks to world travel, a shared life and an appreciation for elegance that can truly be lived in. The timeless design lays the groundwork for the next chapter in the homeowners’ lives.