When we first bought the property I immediately fell in love with the spot, and even thought the house needed A LOT of work, there was great potential. We had been vacationing in Palm Springs so much wanted to buy a place that was an escape from the city and after searching a million and one listings we came across this one and our realtor took us to see it in person. It was the only house we had to look at, it was perfect. It’s about 10 minutes outside of downtown Palm Springs so we got all the space we wanted and more. Almost 3/4 of an acre to be exact and it’s tucked up at the base of the mountains in a little village of 39 other interesting homes so it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere and yet you’re only about 10 minutes away from a “heated snake” at Birba.
Why are we selling it?! Back then we only had Archie and had absolutely no plans for a second child. We had our small house in the city and our getaway house in the desert for some r&r and space on the weekends. But surprise(!) we have a new baby girl in our lives and our pretty tiny 2 bedroom LA home started feeling a whole lot smaller, especially with our family room to nursery conversion. So, we want to make a move and instead of having two small houses, get one larger one that we can live in and enjoy every day. Which means first things first is saying goodbye to our beloved desert oasis.
Fixing it up was of course kind of my favorite part and once we teamed up with the right construction crew, Vincere Industries, it was so rewarding to see my designs coming to life like the concrete built in tub, and the fireclay tile that goes all the way up to the tippy top of the a frame peek in the kitchen (the poor tile guy is scared of heights and was shaking in his boots but still managed to do an amazing job). Of course there was also expenditures we didn’t plan on like having to get a whole new roof and a whole new septic system but at least we can pass that on to the new owners.
So now onto the tour… my favorite space in the house is hands down the living room. It’s the large open lounge comfy room of my dreams and is definitely something I want to replicate in our next home. I layered rugs to add some warmth, placed a custom 10’ sofa just under the windows, and centered the seating around the stone fireplace.Sources: Sofa from Clad Home // Bottom Rug from Esalerugs.com // Top Rug found on ebay // Vintage Rattan Albini Chair sourced from the Hi-Vibe // Coffee Table by Sarah Sherman Samuel // White Ceramic Stool from Lulu & Georgia // Nesting Tables are vintage // Table Lamps from Joss & Main // Chandelier from West Elm // Tasseled Throw from Lulu & Georgia // Gold Urchin from Lulu & Georgia // Vase from CB2 // Floor Pillow from the Vintage Rug Shop // Green Chairs from Urban Outfitters // Gold Based Side Table by Lulu & Georgia // Hammock Chair from Amazon // Entryway Ceiling Light by Cedar & Moss // Paint Color is Polar Bear by Behr Sources: Platform Bed Frame // Bench // Vintage Rug // Lamps from Target // Bedside Table from High Fashion Home // Cushions (for DIY headboard) // Paint color is Polar Bear by Behr
Back around to the other side of the living room is the kitchen and dining area. This was where we had to do a major overhaul. We took down some half walls, gutted the entire space and built a new kitchen using ikea cabinets with Semihandmade doors and drawer fronts, handmade fireclay tile, a custom Semihandmade floating shelve, a panel front Kitchenaid refrigerator and cedar and moss sconces.
Just above the kitchen is a reading nook/sleeping loft where you can cuddle up and get a good view of the mountains beyond.Sources: Tile by Fireclay Tile (2×6 in Calcite) // Faucet from Homary // Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by Semi-Handmade (DIY slab style) // Range and self circulating range hood by Ikea // Countertops from Ikea // Floating Shelf from Semi-Handmade // Sink from Ikea // Sconces by Cedar and Moss // Fridge by Kitchenaid // Paint color is “Polar Bear” by Behr on walls and “Chard” on cabinets // Wood Cutting/Serving boards by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Dining Table by High Fashion Home // Chairs from Joss and Main // Candle Holders by High Fashion HOme
Through the double doors is the bathroom where we also had to do a full renovation and thanks to kohler it’s a spa worthy loo. We installed a kohler vibracoustic bath which is a sound therapy bath that has built in hidden speakers above and below the water level. It comes programmed with spa music and sounds but it’s also blue tooth enabled so you can play anything you want from your phone. Handmade fireclay tile also lines the bathroom walls (these are the 6” hexagons in calcite), and a custom vanity is topped off by kohler fixtures and more cedar and moss sconces.
The toilet is also a spa splurge as it is kohler’s veil intelligent toilet that has more features than my car. Heated seat, built in bidet, tankless design etc etc.Sources: Kohler Vibracoustic Bathtub // Kohler Veil Intelligent Toilet // Kohler Vox Sink // Kohler Robe Hooks // Kohler Shower Faucet // Kohler Roman Tub Faucet // Kohler Wall Mounted Sink Faucet // Mirror from Target // Sconces from Cedar & Moss // Vase from West Elm // Soap Dish from West Elm
Through the bathroom is the back section of the house where the master bedroom, a bonus room (which is where we have Archie sleep when we are there) and the laundry room is.
The master bedroom got new flooring and a lot of paint. This space opens up to a deck and has such a pretty view of the mountains beyond. We brought in the anthro bed that I’ve always wanted in here and decorated it sparingly for a calming spot to rest.Sources: Bed from Anthropologie // Rug is vintage from Frances Loom // Lumbar pillow is a DIY (see post here) // Bedding is by Parachute // Throw Pillows from Loom Goods // Gold Curtain Rod // Curtains from Ikea // Side tables from High Fashion Home // Cactus prints (by me, one day I will get my prints in the shop) // Pendant light (can’t find exact but similar here and here) Sources: Washer and Dryer by Electrolux // Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Ladder is a DIY (see how to make on here) // Towels // Hat is vintage // Baskets are a DIY // Wallpaper is custom by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Cabinets are from Ikea // Vase is from Target // shelf brackets from Ikea
And finally the best part about the place is all the outdoor space…. We made a dining area in the front, the lounge area with hanging chairs off the living room, a firepit and patio loungers off the bedroom as well as a stock tank we painted and use as a plunge pool. There’s mature eucalyptus and olive trees and loads of fruit trees. There’s even an outdoor shower that empties into a claw foot tub. Previously there was a koi pond which wasn’t working so we filled it in and added more cactus and plants to have it blend with the rest of the garden.Sources: Front Dining Area: Concrete Stools from Wayfair // Dining Table from Ikea // Seat Cushions from H&M // Side Chairs from Target (no longer available find similar here)
Main Patio Area: Sofa from Wayfair // Rugs from Target // Hanging Chairs from Candelabra // Coffee Table DIY // Butterfly Chair from Wayfair // Cement Side Table from Wayfair // Side Table from Ikea // Woven Floor Cushions from CB2 // My Dress by Doen // Sandals by Kyma
The other thing we loved about the outdoor space is that you can go for hikes right from outside the door. Just past the driveway is a trail that leads up to a waterfall and you can also access the Pacific Crest hiking trail from the property. You know the one Reese Witherspoon, I mean Cheryl Strayed took in Wild.
We sure will miss this place but I wanted to post it here first in hopes that it will go to someone that appreciates it as much as we do. The buyer will also have the option of purchasing some or all of the furniture after closing! If you’re interested in buying our A-frame please email us at rupeandsarah (at) gmail . com and we will pass over the info for our realtor!
To see all the posts on the a-frame, including the full before tour check here.