Project: Camino Real
Homeowners: Michael Hanel & Steve Linder
Designers: Michael Ostrow & Roger Stoker for Grace Home Furnishings
Located in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs, this midcentury home was built in 1962. The owners purchased the home as a desert retreat from their busy bicoastal professional lives in Manhattan and Los Angeles. The home was renovated two years prior to Hanel and Linder’s purchase, and while the basics were updated they still needed to add new windows and mechanical systems and repair the pool. They also livened up the interior and exterior color palette.
Staying true to the home’s architecture, designers Ostrow and Stoker feature the design motifs of the 1960s throughout the home – teak Danish Modern pieces, bright colors and shag rugs. The color palette of the home is inspired by a single piece of geometric David Hicks fabric that is used on the cushions by the fireplace. From this fabric, each room was assigned a color – the orange room, green room, blue room, etc., and designed accordingly.
Vintage and new furniture is mixed throughout the home. The larger upholstery pieces are inspired by vintage 1960s furniture, but newly constructed for comfort and scale. The main living space of the home is the large lounge area, which combines the kitchen, living and dining areas. The objective was to create a space accommodating today’s more informal lifestyle of relaxation and fun. The curved sectional and geometric print swivel chairs give the room movement and the ability to transition from a conversation space to home theater seamlessly.
The homeowners knew during the design process they would only be able to enjoy the home for a limited time throughout the year, so the furnishings and design were selected to appeal to others also wanting to enjoy the vibrant and fun Palm Springs experience, and the home is available for vacation rental via dryheatresorts.com.
Photography by Lance Gerber