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I don't do a lot of real estate staging, but now and then, a special property comes along. Given my love of houses and real estate, I just had to say yes!

Recently, my good buddy Andrew Christian asked me to bring some mid-mod swank to a Palm Springs home that he was selling. Andrew had already moved on to a bigger home nearby.

The property is a beautiful 15-year old home built at the height of the Tuscan "craze" in California. As you know, I have always been a modern guy -- I was crafting homes in a contemporary style when most clients were asking for something out of Under the Tuscan Sun.

I am grateful that 15 years later, the world has become more modern, design-wise.

My team and I gave this Mediterranean home a modern update with a few key pieces of furniture from my shop, some contemporary artwork, and fresh styling. We are thrilled with the results and are excited for this home to find a new owner who will love it.

From the top, left to right: Natural Silk Velvet 24x24 Decorative Pillow, $235 | CK Custom Citrus Velvet 22x22 Decorative Pillow, $125 | Movement in Black 1, $996 | Striped Cotton Throw, $150 | Painted Cement Planter, $45 | Wooden Arch, $228 | Cube Sideboard, $1,998 | Faux Fiddle Fig 7', $495 | Natural Silk Velvet 16x24 Decorative Pillow, $125 | Accent Chair, $700 | Stump Stool, $182 | Folded Cement Planter, $75 | Tall Black Vase, $290 | Carved Horse Object, $260

My biggest challenge was the kitchen. It had several challenges:

- a sunken area that felt a bit odd with no real function

- outdated countertops, sink, and faucet

- despite its generous size, it didn't feel inviting or connected to the rest of the house

Take a look at the before...

I am so happy with the results of this transformation!

I made a few smart changes that totally transformed the space:

- refaced the raised-panel cabinet doors with flat-front doors in the same finish

- removed the cabinets from above the cooktop and installed this amazing tile from Bedrosians

- updated the countertops with a contemporary grey quartz from Caesarstone

- removed the frosted-glass doors from the sunken area and installed mirrors + glass shelves, to create a proper bar moment...this is Palm Springs, after all! This property will likely be bought as a vacation home.

I love how the new Caesarstone countertops update the space!

I swapped the raised-panel cabinetry for flat-front doors in the same finish. We didn't remove any of the appliances or change any of the edge-banding-- that's where the real expense comes in.

I also added a stainless steel toe kick (okay, it's laminate that looks like stainless steel) for a more contemporary look.

We also added these beautiful cabinet pulls from Emtek.

Above: Removing the upper cabinets (which was less expensive than refacing them) gave this kitchen even more breathing room. There is plenty of storage space elsewhere -- and removing the cabinets provides a contemporary focal point to this transitional space.

With a few modern accessories, we gave this house a brand-new look.

Welcome home!


From the top, left to right: Nambe Storage Canisters, $75-$85 | Giant Resin Fruit, $163 | Dramatic Cut 1, $325 | Concrete Long Planter. $45 | Vintage Glassware with Caddie, $180 | Glass Vessel with Lid, $88 | Scalloped Ice Bucket, $63 | Briley Chandelier, $2,340 | Double Mesh Fruit Basket, $43 | Large Tiki Fruit Basket, $74 | Onyx Decanters, $289

Give us a call to see what's in stock. 760-325-3214

Check out a few more pics of this Monte Sereno Palladian Villa.


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