When Dave Arthurs and his husband Brennan first laid eyes on the condos at Canyon View Estates, they envisioned themselves spending long, leisurely afternoons, reclining on a sun-splashed patio, sipping cool drinks and admiring the desert mountains just beyond. It was a paradisiacal image that most only have the chance to dream about. But for Dave and Brennan, it soon became their reality.
“What attracted us to Palm Springs was the weather, the scenery, and the mid-century modern vibe,” says Brennan. “Originally, this was just intended to be a vacation house, but we’re spending a lot more time here than we had anticipated.”
Though they wanted to keep the original mid-century spirit of the space intact, the pair joined forces with Laurel & Wolf to update each area of the home, reimagining it to serve their contemporary needs.
“We worked with a different designer for each room and did them one by one, sequentially, so they could influence one another,” Dave says.
After the open concept kitchen and living room were complete, they moved onto the master bedroom and bath, working with designer Kelly LaPlante to seamlessly carry the whimsical modern look over to their sleeping quarters.
Similar to the bright orange and blue hues used in the living space, a cerulean and lemon color palette sets the tone of the bedroom. Sixties-style geometric patterns make their way across the textiles, adding a touch of the era’s signature playfulness. But what the couple really loves is how authentic the mid-century modern furniture makes the room feel.
“I’ve always wanted a Saarinen womb chair, so I was really excited when our designer picked that out,” Brennan says. “The other nice things she added are the hanging globe pendant lights on either side of the bed. I would never have thought to do that — it creates a very finished look.”
Kelly carried the theme into the master bath, choosing tilework that matches the other colors and stones in the house. “The bathroom was all original and needed an update so we redid most of it, but we had to maintain the amazing roman tub,” Dave says.
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While the master bed and bath are comfortable and on par with the mid-century modern aesthetic, the home’s main attraction doesn’t live behind closed doors. Like an extension of the living area, the patio is easily the pair’s favorite part of their new space.
“In warmer climates like this, the concept of indoor-outdoor living sort of extends itself into one mentally contained space,” Brennan says. But the extension isn’t only mental — they physically expanded the living room to merge with the outdoors by using the same Italian porcelain flooring on the patio that’s used inside.
Designed by Sonia Torres, the sun-kissed, orange, blue and white area is an idyllic picture of the Palm Springs, modernist lifestyle. A bold, striped umbrella shields a glass-topped table and set of Acapulco chairs from the hot desert sun. Situated against a classic breezeblock wall, an outdoor sectional is set up as an ideal place to lounge. Especially at night, thanks to a bright, orange outdoor fireplace that warms the area up on those chilly desert evenings.
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“A lot of mid-century modern homes have either been replaced or have reached the end of their life expectancy,” Dave says. “But we’ve done some things to restore this place back to how it was, especially on the patio.”
Functional, stylish, and full of retro-desert charm, this Palm Springs indoor-outdoor space is like a full-time vacation.
Patio designed by Sonia Torres; Bedroom & bath designed by Kelly LaPlante. Photos by Dustin Walker.