Room of the Day: A Playful Palm Springs Style in L.A.
Except for “a crazy Gaggenau kitchen remodel” in the 1980s, Oxford says, the home was in its original 1960s condition. Even the lace floor-to-ceiling curtains were still hanging. To bring in the right furnishings and accessories to complement the design in the great room, she enlisted the help of designer Orlando Soria of Homepolish, and they worked on creating a Palm Springs vibe with sisal rugs, a monochromatic palette and saturated bursts of blue.
The project focused on the long, narrow great room. The challenge was dividing up the space into logical areas that people would want to spend time in. Soria used three 10-foot by 14-foot sisal rugs to warm up the tile floor and create three areas: a formal sitting area in the center, a TV lounge (at left in this photo) and a dining area (at right).
This is the view when you walk through the front door. Soria chose to have the sofas in the formal sitting area face off to preserve the view to the garden and pool.
Rugs: Rugs USA
They worked on adding subtle jabs of quirkiness, like with custom pillows depicting bananas. “We were looking for banana-leaf fabric and found this instead,” Soria says. “It has the playful movement of traditional banana leaf but more unexpected. There’s something kind of funny about it. It’s got the perfect amount of quirky and pretty and sophistication.”
The lace curtains are original to the home.
Coffee table: burled wood, AllModern
Soria then worked on creating a tablescape that looked good up close as well as from the entry of the home. He mixed heights and materials, like a ceramic grid sculpture, a metal tray, a wood tray and clothbound books to create a natural feel. “And not so covered in stuff that it looks jumbled,” he says.
The gallery wall brings in a bit of Oxford’s playfulness. She and Oxford bought several nude portraits at the flea market and painted bikinis on them. Oxford calls them “tasteful nudes.”
Table: West Elm; chairs; HD Buttercup
Chairs: Blu Dot