PALM CANYON RETREAT / Palm Springs, California
Inspired by travels around the world, this couple decided to build a Moroccan-inspired house in the desert near Palm Springs. Tichenor & Thorp Architects devised a refined refuge that wraps around a luxurious pool and garden that perfectly frames a mountain view. We worked closely with the architects to incorporate luxurious materials and details to enhance the house’s happy blend of modern lines and antique forms.
Having recently sold a midcentury modern house nearby, the clients were ready for a more “dressed up” décor. Taking cues from the architecture, we developed a scheme for the interior that is inspired by Morocco but contemporary in mood. Luxurious textiles such as linens, chenilles, and tapestry weaves add texture and color to the rooms. In the main entertaining area, we created a hanging constellation of lanterns the clients brought home; it activates the room’s tall ceilings and adds visual interest to what is traditionally an overlooked space.
Surprisingly, many of the decorative elements in the house were sourced not from Northern Africa, but from India, including an inset medallion of black and white marble in the entry hall, red sandstone floors laid in varying patterns throughout the house, red sandstone blocks that frame the garden pools, and the white marble fountains that accent the landscape.
The house was built for pure relaxation. Large comfortable spaces indoors, under cover facing the gardens, and in the gardens themselves invite all kinds of diversions. The kitchen is set up for cooking parties and accommodating large events. The master suite is equally generous but intensely private; guest rooms are arranged discreetly around the public rooms.