Interior Transformation: Behind the Scenes from Boring to Unique
When my well-traveled clients decided to purchase a winter home in the Palm Desert area of California, they found a little gem with good “bones” and a golf course view but with little else. The home was a typical tract home of the period in which it was built and was very dated. Light oak cabinets with traditional panels, inexpensive faux “travertine” floor tiles, minimal floor and door casings and boring lighting (among other things!). Also, the house screamed boring and traditional when my clients yearned for unique and contemporary. It was time for an interior transformation!
Yes, the existing design was functional. It was safe (can’t go wrong with white walls, right?). There was storage galore. But good design can be functional while still being interesting, intriguing and inspiring. It SHOULD be. Your home is your little oasis, right? The place that feels like “you” and that you feel good spending time in. Why settle for boring and typical when your home can be unique and reflect YOU!
Since we already knew we would be going contemporary in style, the first major decision was the color palette. The client was open to suggestions and immediately loved the concept of turquoise and beige/taupe (sky and sand which seems appropriate for a desert home!). Our project team completely gutted the home – goodbye oak cabinetry, flooring, plumbing, lighting and tiny casings. The unattractive bathrooms and kitchen with the tiled countertops (ewww – germs and dirt in the grout!) were removed.
We continued the interior transformation by opening up a few walls for better flow and adding multiple wall niches for art display, complete with lighting. We replaced the old ceiling fans with sleek, contemporary ones and added decorative track lighting in the hallway. This not only highlights the wall art, but creates an interesting shadow effect in the evening. Typical hallway recessed lights – no thank you! The contractor installed larger moldings along with a mid-toned hardwood flooring for both its durability and aesthetics.
We chose hand-painted wall coverings to be used throughout the home and had them custom made with our paint colors. We used a neutral, beige/taupe color throughout the main areas of the home and the same wall covering in a turquoise paint was used to accent both the home study and hallway. Simple, yet stylish and functional window treatments were added (lined draperies for the home study and cornice boxes hiding solar shades for the great room).
A modern, linear fireplace was installed and surrounded by glass tiles and the area around the recessed TV was paneled with wallpaper for an interesting, yet clean effect. We selected mid-toned metals and wood finishes for the furnishings, along with a few darker pieces for interest. A monochromatic fabric palette of turquoise was chosen to play against the neutral walls of the great room. A linear, clean form was used throughout the whole home for continuity.
The interior transformation of this home from boring and traditional to unique and contemporary was exactly what the clients had dreamed of for their desert winter home. They were thrilled that the home reflected their style and personalities and were very happy to have their extensive art and sculpture collection displayed. After the “reveal” of the finished home, the clients told me the home was so “them”. This is the greatest compliment I could ever receive!
Don’t be afraid for your home to be unique and to be “you”. Life is too short to live with boring, typical or adequate. You won’t regret it. I’d love to hear your comments below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we may work together in the future.
Follow this link to see all the images of this amazing contemporary home: https://www.berensinteriors.com/portfolio-item/contemporary-residence-palm-desert-ca/
XO – Peg
Design: Peg Berens Interior Design
Builder: Dave Wilcox Construction
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