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Mi Sueno Project: Guest Bedroom and Bath

Magic can happen when good friends become great clients. Of course, it can also go very wrong. Luckily, my team is pretty darn good at what they do, my friends had full faith and trust in our vision, and we had an excellent contractor. The result is a dream come true.

In fact, that is what is our clients named their Palm Springs home: Mi Sueno, or My Dream. Because it literally is their dream come true.

After less than a year in their first Palm Springs pied-a-terre, my friends were able to upsize to a home on one of the most desirable streets in historic Indian Canyons. In fact, it was just a few doors away from my own previous home.

The home was for sale by flippers, and my friends were paying top dollar. Of course they initially thought that no major work needed to be done, but we rather quickly embarked on a nine-month renovation as they discovered that much of the work was not done to their standards -- nor taste.

Read on to see the transformation of one the two guest bedrooms and bathrooms...



"Zebra Palm" wallpaper from Schumacher adorns the headboard wall, and is available on our website here. Nightstands by CB2.


The look "before" was underwhelming, to say the least.

We wanted to make a splash in this bedroom, which our clients refer to as the "pool bedroom" because it features sliding glass doors that open directly to the luscious pool and backyard..

The Zebra Palm wallpaper provides a crisp and dramatic backdrop for a custom-made bed, which we covered in durable aqua-colored vinyl. Yellow ceramic lamps pay homage to the citrus trees which grow throughout the neighborhood.

Sleep Tight

This is a guest suite in a resort town, after all. We always love to appoint our clients' rooms as you would a five-star hotel suite. The room features wall-to-wall draperies with blackout lining, so that guests can sleep in should they choose. Sheer draperies add a layer of softness and diffused light.

Ensuite Bathroom

Even though the home went through a seven-month major remodel, we decided that we needed to draw the line somewhere. We retained the cabinetry, countertops, and shower tile in the two ensuite guest bathrooms. A new faucet and a coat of aqua blue paint freshened up this bathroom in a big way!



This bathroom features an exterior door to the pool terrace, so it also functions as the Pool Bathroom. A coat of vibrant aqua paint from Dunn-Edwards sets the scene perfectly. Custom runners from Chilewich provide chic non-slip grip. Plumbing and towel hook by Brizo.

Sitting Area


The look "before" was perfectly neutral, but lacked function and personality. The home had been "flipped" -- so it was our job to add personality and function.


Artwork from the Christopher Kennedy Collection for Wendover lets guests know exactly where they are. Floor lamp by Kelly Wearstler. Chair from CB2. The artwork over the dresser is a Samsung "Frame" TV.

The Retro Typography artwork is available on our website here.

The ensuite guest bathroom also serves as the Pool Bathroom, accessible to the backyard through a single-light French Door. The grey cerused oak dresser, with fabulous acrylic pulls, is available on our website here.

All About the Details

The terrazzo dice are by Jonathan Adler for Amazon. Our client bought them on a late night shopping spree, and we all love them!

The overall look is restful yet exuberant.

I hope you enjoyed this tour!



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Photography: Public 311 Design

Flowers and Styling: Keith Fortner

Builder: Mike Worman

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