Through innovative landscape design, the team created an eclectic outdoor oasis, stylistically unique to Palm Springs, which conceals the direction of the home. Tall shrubbery walls surround the perimeter of the property, creating a natural screen from the street while a variety of drought-tolerant plants, including aloe and olive trees, float through-out, evoking a1920s-hacienda-meets-modern Mediterranean escape.
Like the gardens, the home is an elegant mix of styles with a focus on indoor-outdoor living. Walls were designed specially to showcase the couple’s extensive collection of Post-War California art while maximizing the connection to the outside. “They don’t live in the house full-time,” say Raun Thorp, principal at Tichenor and Thorp. “While they are there a lot, we still wanted to create a seamless living experience with little maintenance.” Walls were covered in plaster throughout to add texture and steel doors were installed for modernity and durability. “Our clients are very enthusiastic about many different styles,” says Thorp. “This project was a departure for them but still includes elements of their other homes.”