Palm Springs par­adise

In­ject mid-cen­tury style into your in­door and out­door spa­ces

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - December Contents -


Al­low for mul­ti­ple out­door liv­ing zones with pro­tec­tion from the sun. Cov­ered pa­tios will do the job, or even a slim­line per­gola with close-set shade bars.

There’s a lot about the ar­chi­tec­ture that suits our hot Aus­tralian cli­mate

once a play­ground for the rich and fa­mous, hip Palm Springs in the US is per­fectly suited to our Aussie life­style. Its style is char­ac­terised by mid-cen­tury mod­ern, low-slung, sin­gle­storey houses with flat or but­ter­fly roofs and full glass walls with views to the gar­den and pool. A neu­tral pal­ette is the pre­ferred choice, although a spot of vivid colour ap­pears here and there. Clean lines dom­i­nate through­out. Out­side, por­ti­coes or canopied ter­races pro­vide re­lief from the sun and are an ode to al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing.

A mecca of low-slung, sin­gle-storey houses fea­tur­ing flat and but­ter­fly roofs

As the sun sinks be­low the hori­zon, en­joy the per­fect end to a glo­ri­ous day… a night­cap by a lit fire pit. A pair of but­ter­fly chairs – pool­side – are syn­ony­mous with this re­laxed style.

AT ONE WITH NA­TURE Keep to a mod-min­i­mal de­sign aes­thetic with low kitchen units and plen­ti­ful walls of glass to con­nect you to the nat­u­ral world out­doors. Wrap a crisp white quartz bench­top around heav­ily grained tim­ber cab­i­netry.

TAKE A BLANK WALL In open-plan spa­ces, defin­ing liv­ing zones is para­mount. Against a nar­row wall, try float­ing shelves above a cab­i­net to des­ig­nate the for­mal din­ing area with a book and col­lecta­bles dis­play.

Just as the roof is stepped, so too is the pa­tio and pool deck! Vary­ing the roof heights above each room guar­an­tees ex­te­rior ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est GATHER AROUND Jux­ta­pose the pool and ar­chi­tec­ture’s strong rec­ti­lin­ear hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal lines with the soft­en­ing ef­fect of rounded el­e­ments. These can take in or­ganic shapes in the form of pots and plants, in­clud­ing cacti.

LIVE TO RE­LAX Fur­nish your liv­ing room with mod­ish pieces such as an oval cof­fee ta­ble that mixes an­gles and gen­tle curves. Or how about the Le Cor­bus­ier cube armchairs? And when it comes to warm­ing what is in essence a black/ white in­te­rior, an eye-catch­ing art­work is a sub­tle nod to na­ture.

CURVES AHEAD Cre­ate a ca­sual din­ing nook with a built-in leather ban­quette. Here it sweeps around two win­dows and fol­lows the arc of the min­i­mal­ist Eero Saari­nen’s iconic sin­gle-stem tulip ta­ble. Pair with arm­less tulip chairs or get cre­ative and mix and match. Make highly pol­ished con­crete your floor­ing of choice.

BLOCK WORK Cre­ate a to­tally pri­vate out­door room with a walled perime­ter of con­crete blocks, part ren­dered, part ex­posed – a homage to their iconic sta­tus. Art­fully placed boul­ders con­ceal the in-ground hot tub.

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