House of the Month

The Roth­bart’s fam­ily home lo­cated in Las Pal­mas, Cal­i­for­nia has a stun­ning view of the blue-grey San Jac­into Moun­tains

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Lifestyle - IM­PRES­SIONS: BENOY SE­BAS­TIAN

Hu­man rights at­tor­ney Miriam Roth­bart and her de­vel­oper hus­band Stan dis­cov­ered the mes­meris­ing Palm Springs house dur­ing a trip to the nearby Coachella fes­ti­val and in­stantly fell in love. The house be­ing al­tered over the years, has all the fea­tures of an ideal mid- cen­tury re­treat home. The de­signer Mar­tyn stripped the house back to its shell and re­con­fig­ured the rooms and ex­panded the kitchen. The next move - adding a lit­tle Palm Springs drama with floor- to- ceil­ing glass doors and glam­ourous fur­ni­ture from the 1960s. To cre­ate an in­ten­sity, the de­signer cov­ered the ceil­ing with cus­tom sil­ver wall­pa­per to cre­ate an in­fin­ity ef­fect and il­lu­sion­ary heights above the din­ing room and the master bed­room. Once in­side the house, the black and white pho­tog­ra­phy col­lec­tion of iconic rock mu­si­cian on the walls from the 1970s will so­licit your at­ten­tion. This monochro­matic palette was used as an in­spi­ra­tion for the house whilst

adding burst of bright colours. As a re­sult, the main liv­ing spa­ces are a calm oa­sis of black, whites, greys and chrome. It cre­ates a re­laxed at­mos­phere com­ple­mented by bright green leather din­ing chairs by the iconic mid- cen­tury Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture- maker Paul Evans. Stan adds, “Ma­te­ri­als form an im­por­tant part of the bal­ance of an in­te­rior. I adore ex­otic skins and leather as they cap­ture the spirit and tac­tile com­po­nent nec­es­sary to a room. You’ll no­tice in the bed­room the furs by Fendi were added to give a glam­orous, soft edge to the in­te­rior. As it gets cold at night in the desert, es­pe­cially in win­ter, the fur adds a lux­u­ri­ous layer of warmth.” The cab­i­netry through­out the house, in­clud­ing the kitchen, bath­room and in­te­rior doors are white lac­quer and has a won­der­ful sheen that catches the light whilst be­ing ex­tremely hardy for use. Stan loves the lay­ers of white in the house. He says, “It feels per­fectly cor­rect to cap­ture the airy, sunny at­mos­phere of Palm Springs. It is also his­tor­i­cally cor­rect to the pe­riod and style of the house.” Las Pal­mas area, where the house is lo­cated is con­sid­ered the most pres­ti­gious neigh­bor­hood in Palm Springs where some of the great­est stars lived in the 50’s and 60’s in­clud­ing Elvis Pres­ley, ZaZa Ga­bor, Frank Si­na­tra and Cher. The Roth­bart’s home is a per­fect place to re­lax, re­ju­ve­nate and re- cen­ter.

Liv­ing Zone The main liv­ing spa­ces are a calm oa­sis of black, whites, greys and chrome, cre­at­ing a re­laxed at­mos­phere, com­ple­mented by bright green leather din­ing chairs by the iconic mid-cen­tury Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture-maker Paul Evans.

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