In the 1970’s a stylish Midwestern lady decided that it was time to escape long lasting winter weather. She started a family tradition of yearly sojourns to Palm Springs California when she and her husband purchased a condominium to enjoy the warmth of the desert sun. She decorated her winter home with a neutral color palette of beiges and creams. Selecting black lacquer or espresso colored wood furnishings for contrast. To add sparkle to rooms she included brass and gold as tables, lamps and accessories. Traces of peach, pale gray, teal and black became accent colors. She completed her decor with original art by local artists. Three generations made the condominium a winter destination.
The vacation home was sold within the family. INSTUDIO Design Directors consulted with the new homeowners who wanted to implement a new design plan in phases by adding personal style to a place that held memories but needed an update. They liked images of rooms in grays and golden yellows accented with black.
Phase one added new accent pillows from Target. A vintage coffee table and lamp found at consignment shops. Existing art was moved from room to room for fresh appeal. Phase two included the removal of a ceiling mounted cabinet, textured ceilings, wall to wall carpet and dated architectural lighting. New in phase two was stone like porcelain tile throughout, new paint in cool grays and modernist architectural lighting fixtures.
Given time well made designer furniture eventually comes back into fashion. Furnishings in vacation homes get little wear because they are seldom used. Palm Springs vintage, classic modern and consignment shops have a wealth of well preserved furniture from every decade. INSTUDIO Design Directors often take advantage of the great furniture found in Palm Springs sources. Phase three of the sunny retreat will honor the stylish Midwestern lady with a slight restyle, reupholster and reuse of the 1970’s living room furniture she selected.
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