California is renowned for its iconic midcentury architectural marvels, but one region that consistently outperforms all others is Palm Springs. The cactus-lined streets of its desert environment provide a dynamic backdrop for the historic homes that live there. These dramatic natural elements are a part of what attracted Twofold L.A.'s newest clients (a young power couple) to the area.
Built in 1933, the 4000-square-foot 6 bedroom and 6 bathroom estate comes complete with grand mountain views, outdoor gardens, a pool, an exterior covered loggia with a wood burning fireplace and three separate properties located on the grounds. The home itself features classic Spanish details from open-beam ceilings to Old World tiles and ornate ironwork. Maintaining the architectural integrity and the historical details of the estate was crucial during the contemporary renovations. The end result is a modern family home with a distinct boho-chic aesthetic.
"The intent was to create a bohemian paradise, rich with textures, layers, and a soft yet graphic color palette that would highlight the estate's architecture but not overpower it," said Jenn Pablo and Olivia Korenberg, the co-founders of Twofold L.A, to MyDomaine. "We wanted the clients to feel like this was a place that they could escape and feel welcome." Ahead, the Twofold L.A. team shares their style notes on how they transformed each room of the house.
On the family room:
"This room was intended to function as an informal living space. The couple has 4-year-old twin boys, so while they are incredibly well behaved it was important for the space to be kid-friendly. Bamboo lattice poufs were added for additional informal seating and all furnishings were oriented toward the exterior doors, which open out to the patio and swimming pool.
A large oversize mirror was strategically placed above the sofa to reflect the image of the pool and the lush landscaping. We kept the colors soft and bright here with a fun pop of color via the artwork," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the Casita bedroom:
"For the Casita bedroom, we used a thin frame canopy bed from Restoration hardware and mimicked those lines with a leather-and-iron bench from One Kings Lane. To counterbalance the diamond steel gray rug, we kept the pillows solid, and we added touches of bronze and brass," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the bohemian design:
"We were excited that our client wanted to be playful with the space. Her normal aesthetic is quite clean and modern, but she wanted to use the house as an opportunity to be outside of her aesthetic comfort zone. We worked with her to bring in playful touches that gave the home an old-world and eclectic feeling," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the powder room:
"The client did a beautiful job renovating this space, so we kept dressings to a minimum. Black and white bath accessories paired with clean white towels were all that was needed to make this space guest-friendly," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the primary bedroom:
"The client's favorite color palette is black and white so we stuck to mainly those tones for this space. The focus on this room was to emphasize layers and textures to create a serene and luxurious feeling. The room gets gorgeous light that bounces off all the crisp white walls," Pablo and Korenberg say.
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On the color scheme:
"We knew that we wanted the furnishings to be grounded in a neutral palette so the house could feel calm and clean. The client loves black and white, so we incorporated a lot of those tones and tempered it with some softer neutrals such as beige, brown, and cream. Color was introduced sparingly with art and accessories," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the challenges:
"The main challenge of this project was logistics. It was quite the feat getting the vast amount of inventory delivered from Los Angeles for a jam-packed three-day installation. It was an exhilarating experience with many 'make it work' moments. We've found that often times being forced to improvise helps to create a more effortless finished product," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the guest bedroom:
"We wanted the guest bedroom in the main house to feel like its own small suite. Guest chairs were added to create an intimate conversation nook. A taupe velvet tufted bed, a cowhide rug, and brass accents help this space feel gender-neutral, perfect for any guest spending the night," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the media room:
"The priority for the media room in the Casita was to seat as many people as possible on an extra large plush sectional. Graphic pillows, brass coffee tables, and a geometric pendant keep the space feeling young and a bit playful. Blackout curtains were added around the entire perimeter to make the space seem friendly in the daytime," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the living room vignette:
"We came across this art from Z Gallerie, and the client loved the beautiful turquoise tones and the small touches of gold. We paired it with a bamboo lounge chair and a cozy lambswool pillow perfect for curling up with a book," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the guest house guest room:
"Again, we wanted to make all guest rooms gender-neutral. We created a more handsome palette here with cognac leather poufs, a black curly lamb throw, and a taupe velvet bed. A fun, decorative brass peacock mirror was placed above the bed to lend a bit of funk appeal to the space," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On what they loved most:
"The bones of the house were a true inspiration and a point of departure for the interiors. We love the way that each room opens out to the exterior. Each space can be a truly indoor/outdoor space; perfect for days that are meant to be spent jumping into the pool, chatting around the wood-burning fireplace, or running around the spectacular grounds," Pablo and Korenberg say.
On the exterior:
"The client had already renovated the exterior with these beautiful black-and-white cement tiles and added pale blue-green agaves in black pots to flank the doors," Pablo and Korenberg say.
What is your favorite room in this Palm Springs home? How do you achieve the boho-chic look?