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70s Sackley Reveal: Lounge + Bar

At this 1970s home in historic Indian Canyons, noted architect Stan Sackley included a generous bonus room, adjacent to the formal living and smack-dab in the middle of the house.

After all, we take our happy hours very seriously in Palm Springs.

The incredible daisy wallpaper, from Fliepaper, was selected and installed my friends at Thomboy Properties, who purchased and renovated the house as a Modernism Week Featured Home. It's actually the only wallpaper that we kept from the home's "flip" design -- I mean, how could we not?

You can see how the home looked when our clients purchased it from the Thomboys here. Fabulous indeed, but our client was craving a more restful and feminine look. The Dream Team and I conjured up an eclectic bar and lounge worthy of the Rat Pack.


The Seating Area

We started with a custom mid-century inspired sectional sofa that provides ample seating for cocktail parties, and then layered it with textural pillows. I love how the sofa pops against the mod wallpaper!

Our client had one very specific request: a certain 1970s brass flower lamp. She had seen the lamps in my own former home, on a nearby street, and in my book, Making Midcentury Modern. Below is a picture of the lamps in our former home.

There was just one problem: we had sold that home, and later, we sold the lamps. (Don't worry, they went to a fabulous home in Newport Beach. I wouldn't have sold them if I didn't like their new owner, who later became a client and friend.)

After quite a bit of searching, we just couldn't locate similar lamps. I had frankly pretty much given up, and had selected quite a few lovely alternates. But, my wonderful husband David knew how much it meant to our client to find the lamp. He continued the search during the course of our design process and finally located a single vintage lamp in the exact style! Luckily, given my overall design of the sofa and room -- one lamp was all we needed!

David is proof that patience and persistence pays off! The room would not be the same without the lamp.


The Bar

While our clients also use this room for television-watching and general lounging, the bar is definitely a favorite feature!

The bar features walnut cabinetry with both closed and open shelving, an icemaker, a wine fridge, quartz counters by Corian Quartz, and a pass-through window to the backyard.

The faucet is by Brizo. The tiles are by TileBar. Lighting courtesy of Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery.

The bar's comfy and durable swivel counter stools are by West Elm. The vintage glassware, with caddy, is from Victoria's Attic in the Palm Springs Uptown Design District -- of my favorite sources!

The beautiful flowers are by our firm's Creative Director, Keith Fortner. He and I tend to like to toast our happy clients!


The Details

In addition to a luxe and transitional vibe, our client requested Moroccan accents, plenty of candles for ambiance, and great textures.

Our team scoured the internet to curate a collection of vintage midcentury Moroccan-inspired cocktail tables.

I hoped you enjoyed this tour!

Make every hour a happy one, my friends.



To see more of this home:


Photos: Public 311 for Christopher Kennedy Inc.

Flowers and styling: Keith Fortner


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