Cabin Fever

When it gets too hot for comfort, these mountain men head for the hills.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design, Real Estate

An Idyllwild cabin is nothing like a boat. A boat is a lot of work and expense for a rarely used toy. It’s best to know a friend who has a boat — one who sends free-flowing invitations to his fancy schmancy sailing parties. A cabin promises minimal work and strong value for a nearby retreat you can use year-round.

Luis Barragán

Pink Actually

A notable architect inspires a custom paint job.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design, Real Estate

A vivid pink home might seem shocking when set upon the landscape of North Palm Springs. Yet Bill Nicholson’s authentic modern abode built in 1946 wore pink as its first coat of paint. Across the decades, the two-level stucco home that features an unusual second-floor suite above the kitchen has been painted over — and over. Nicholson completed a renovation


Step on it

The founder of Los Angeles–based Lindstrom Rugs stays grounded with art underfoot.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design, Real Estate

A former interior designer, an artist at heart, and the son of an architect, Erik Lindstrom jumped ship from his design career seven years ago to establish Lindstrom Rugs. He has never looked back. Only down. “I wanted to focus on one thing I really loved and that was rugs,” he says. His Los Angeles–based company offers room-altering works hand-knotted

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Not Born 
in a Barn

New architectural veneers reclaim the reclaimed wood trend.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design, Real Estate

Eldorado Stone has three reasons for impersonating an upcycled material: longevity, ease of installation, and hassle-free upkeep. As a more than 45-year manufacturer of believable stone and brick veneers, the company tricks the eye while saving homeowners time and headaches. The new Vintage Ranch collection, though made of concrete, captures the character and warmth of classic American barn wood —


Fly Me To Brazil

Who needs a silver jet when you’re sitting in one of Tidelli Outdoor Living’s Painho chairs.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design

Or just let me lounge in a chair designed and made there. Let me rest for a long, long time with a caipirinha in one hand, a fan in the other, and a Post-it on my forehead that reads “Rio or bust.” Who needs a silver jet when you’re sitting in one of Tidelli Outdoor Living’s Painho chairs? Fully handmade,

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Green Acres

A new garden complex taking shape in Palm Springs will feature everything from swimming pools to a nursery, a learning center, and a café.

Lawrence Karol Home & Design, Real Estate

Architectural Blue, a Palm Springs-based company that builds and designs outdoor spaces, recently broke ground on an innovative new center that will be a one-stop shopping experience for backyard aficionados. Known as Garden, the complex will house new offices for Architectural Blue as well as a nursery, outdoor showcases, a café, and lots more. “When working with my clients over


Round About Now

A skilled repetition of bubbly shapes bring this home’s design full circle.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design

Kitchens sit at the top of any home renovation wish list. Yet they’re often conceptualized as if they exist as a sole entity instead of being designed as an integral part of the entire house. You wouldn’t choose to wear a hat or shoes without first considering the rest of the outfit. Your kitchen should have an equally fashionable relationship

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The Ford Escape

A couple revives the Rancho Mirage fantasy estate built by President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford.

Kent Black Home & Design, Real Estate, Valley

When John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke bought the Rancho Mirage home of the late President Gerald and Betty Ford, they didn’t become the home’s owners. They became its stewards. It was 1976. President Gerald Ford and his family left Washington, D.C., the White House, and his defeat in the recent presidential elections by populist Democrat Jimmy Carter. It may have

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Behind Closed Doors

All dressed up and no place she’d rather be.

Lisa Marie Hart Home & Design, Real Estate

If there were ever a closet to make you rethink the very notion of what it’s meant to be, we may have just found it. Where a spare bedroom once stood, this girly confection now lives like a black card shopping extravaganza with retail fixtures and full-spectrum lighting, a wet bar, and luxury decor. Terry Hampton of Hampton Design Group


Living in 1961

The kismet of a street address inspires vintage décor in this new-build home.

Lawrence Karol Home & Design, Real Estate

The journey we travel on the road in order to find “the one” — the ideal home — can be filled with all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. That was certainly true for Joe and Kim Zakowski. So it seems particularly fitting that their story begins with a house the couple dubbed “Twisted.” The Zakowskis, whose primary residence is