PALM SPRINGS HOME TOUR: THE GRACE EFFECT
Photography by Bethany Nauert
Designers Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker, with their chocolate lab Gracie in tow, split their time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, with showrooms for their design business, Grace Home Furnishings, in each city. Their Los Angeles home is a 1958 Hollywood Regency property reflecting the style of John Elgin Woolf, but they traded a mansard roof for clean lines and modern style when they purchased their 1975 Stan Sackley residence in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs.
Above: Stoker and Ostrow, seated on vintage bonnet chairs that have been refinished in high gloss aqua, joined by Gracie
Above: The front doors of the home pop in Dunn-Edwards’ “Lime Twist”
Above: The living room includes the “Liza” sofa from the Grace Home Collection, which was designed by Ostrow and Stoker with the home’s 1970s design in mind, along with a pair of vintage Milo Baughman chairs and contemporary bull’s eye artwork from Grace Home Furnishings
Above: The home’s dining room with the Grace Home Collection “Dakota” dining table and “Elkins” chairs
Sackley is described by Ostrow and Stoker as an architect who left a great body of work following his death in 2001, but has remained underappreciated until recent years. Fans of the home’s brilliant mountain views and stylish architectural details, including high ceilings, clerestory windows and walls of glass, Ostrow and Stoker purchased the home in 2012, and did not need to make any immediate structural changes. Instead, the duo set forth in refreshing the interiors by way of updated wallcoverings, furnishings and light fixtures.
Above: A vintage Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin chair adds comfort and warmth to the home’s foyer
“We wanted the architecture and 1970s elements of the home to be complemented by colorful and comfortable furnishings,” says Stoker. “We used some retro ’70s pieces alongside contemporary furnishings to create a design aesthetic that is respectful to the original architecture and time period, but also fresh and modern.”
Above: A refurbished 1970s dinette set in the kitchen was brought back to life with new fabric, accompanied by a framed print of “Woman in Swimming Pool” from Vogue in 1960, available at Grace Home Furnishings
Much of the home’s furnishings were designed by the couple as part of their Grace Home Collection© of furniture and fabric, like the green velvet “Liza” sofa in the living room, with low, sleek lines that complement the architecture. Artwork in the family room is actually stretched panels of vintage fabric purchased by the duo at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale years ago. Unsure at the time how they would use the fabric, a light bulb went off when they bought the house and saw the high ceilings, realizing that framing the fabric as “art” would work perfectly in the room. The fabric’s blue, green and yellow hues with black and white accents ultimately served as the inspiration for the home’s overall color palette.
Above: The stretched panels of vintage fabric, a Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale find, served as the inspiration for the color scheme throughout the home
The couple’s favorite room is the combination living room and media room, separated by Sackley’s signature see-through fireplace with stacked stone detail. The home’s expansive formal entryway and dining area lead to a step down into the living and media room, with walls of glass all along the back of the house, opening out to the pool and views of the San Jacinto mountains.
Above: The signature Sackley fireplace anchors the living and media room
Above: David Hicks wallpaper adds a 1970s punch of color to the bar area and media room
The home’s custom glazed floor tiles are believed to have been designed for the house by the architect, and the original cabinetry and tile remain in one bathroom. The remaining bathrooms and kitchen are slated for an update by Stoker and Ostrow, who plan to implement changes that are sensitive to the original Sackley design.
Above: The guest bath vanity and shower still include the original Heath tiles in ochre
Even with an A-list client roster including Madonna, Heidi Klum and Sutton Foster, Ostrow and Stoker find it easier to design for others than for themselves. “It is much easier to be objective when you are working with a client,” says Ostrow. “You can see clearly how they live and what pieces will work best for their lifestyle. Balancing lifestyle with a great design aesthetic is the ultimate goal.”
Above: The “Halston” chests from the Grace Home Collection complement vintage lamps and a modern poster bed in chrome in the master bedroom
Above: A 1970s phone still functions on the master bedroom night chest
Above: A vintage chrome rocker and oil portrait in the master bedroom
Above: Vintage nightstands, lamps and artwork are highlighted with a bright color palette in the home’s guest bedroom
Above: Chang Mai wallpaper from Schumacher adds a bold backdrop to the guest bedroom
Above: The home’s pool is accented by a duo of floating swans named Abelard and Eloise, whose threatening demeanor keeps ducks away!
Visit Grace Home Furnishings at 1001 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 92262; gracehomefurnishings.com
Photography by Bethany Nauert for Palm Springs Style