Palm Springs paradise
Inject mid-century style into your indoor and outdoor spaces
TIME TO COVER UP
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.