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Mi Sueno Project: Primary 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 their primary bedroom and bathroom...



I chose to wrap the entire suite in Manila Hemp grasscloth from our friends at Phillip Jeffries. Our clients requested wall-to-wall carpeting. Luxuries draperies add a layer of coziness and drama.


The look "before" was drab and cold.

One of our clients still needs to frequently work from home. I chose to make one of the nightstands a desk, with a glamorous chair. The entire look feels very five-star hotel. When our firm designs a bedroom with mis-matched nightstands, we carefully select both bedside tables to make sure that they are the exact size height, and ideally very close to the same width. Otherwise, the entire room can look very unbalanced.

Our team designed a seven-foot tall headboard, sheathed in teal blue durable velvet, as a dramatic focal point.


Who knew that WFH would become such a thing? One of our clients spends many of his work hours at this desk-nightstand, and it suits him perfectly. The hanging bedside lamps free up space on the nightstand for working.

Bathroom Tub + Shower

The primary bathroom also got a sensitive update. We kept the majority of the wall tile but upgraded the tub, light fixture, plumbing fixtures, and vanity.



The black-painted tub is by Victoria + Albert. Light fixture by Arteriors, available through our retail shop here. We frequently use Chilewich area rugs, which we buy broadloom and cut to size, in place of bath mats scattered around the room. They are non-slip and give the look of a room-size area rug.

The bathroom's water closet is clad in Tom of Finland wallcovering. There is an X-rated version, tbh, but we opted for the R-version. The pink background takes the edge off, but we still love the sexy vibe in this very personal space.

Vanity + Closet


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


The vanity fronts are made in a durable leather-looking vinyl, with acrylic pulls for a touch of shine. I love the sexy-meets-glam vibe! We had enough stone material from the kitchen island to use for the countertop.

We added spa-blue wallcovering to highlight the existing white floor and wall tiles. The closet got a major upgrade. It's not overly-large, but we packed it full of function.

All About the Details

The drapes are made from a fabric by Christian Lacroix. Our clients love to quote the iconic TV show Absolutely Fabulous and say -- "It's Lacroix, sweetie! "

The overall look is soft and serene while being luxe and glamorous.

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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