This midcentury home was completely remodeled by interiors studio H3K Design, featuring clean lines and indoor-outdoor design in Palm Springs, California. The designers wanted to make this Alexander built home the ultimate dream retreat. From the front exterior facade, dry and stark geometry greets you at the street, while a lush oasis invites you through the front door. Guests can flow straight through from the main entryway to the backyard where a sparkling blue pool takes center stage. The homeowners were looking to expand the footprint of their family home, but not sacrifice their beautiful property that they use often.
The design team met this challenge by reconfiguring the underutilized space in the home and freshening up the backyard. Concrete now delineates the backyard, creating family-friendly entertaining spaces. Rectangular pieces of concrete act as stepping stones, leading from the side of the property to the pool area. The stones add texture and visual interest throughout the property as well as to the desert-friendly planters. Sun loungers accent the pool area, while brightly colored umbrellas provide much needed shade from the harsh summer sun.
The overall design is Palm Springs modern, the home is described by the designers as an “ice cube plunked in the desert.” Rectangles are a reoccurring theme throughout the home and were intentionally carried outside, so as to further connect the spaces for that quintessential indoor-outodor midcentury lifestyle.
What We Love: An entertaining paradise, the refreshed backyard pool of this midcentury abode emits a breezy, retro-lounge like atmosphere. With a strong indoor-outdoor connection, the home is illuminated with natural light. This also brings nature inside and extends the interior spaces, perfect for social gatherings. Overall, this home is fresh and very appealing… but we really love the backyard!
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Just of the kitchen lies a new outdoor dining space, where a period-appropriate wood-slated pergola shields dinner guests from the desert sun. The pergola extends from the entryway to the dining area. Rather than use slabs of cement for the backyard patio, large rectangular cuts were integrated. Some are delineated by artificial turf. By breaking up these areas, it gives the backyard a feeling of freshness.
To make the outdoor fire pit as functional as possible, a low-profile installation was selected. If the fire pit was raised up, it would make this space unusable. Since it is more level with the ground, a bar or dining table can be placed over it during social functions.
The spa sits center behind the pool and just a step above, with lounging areas accenting either side. With its waterfall edge, it creates a visually stunning design element that can be viewed from the outdoor dining area and within the home.
In the evening, carefully selected areas are illuminated with sconces and garden lights, making this backyard oasis perfect for entertaining.
Photos: Ketchum Photography
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