• Alli Ledowsky


Just one hundred miles south-east of Los Angeles is a style mecca that has become a global source of inspiration for the better half of a century. That destination is Palm Springs, California; a resort area that became a mid-century design phenomenon and continues to influence architecture, interiors and fashion.

Known for its style that is ever so elegant, Slim Aarons-esq and timelessly beautiful, the homes in Palm Springs are renowned for their retro style. These luxury desert modern homes feature open plan designs, wall-to-wall carpeting or tiles, swimming pools (to cool off from the desert heat), and floor to ceiling windows along with some gorgeous pops of bright colours and patterns.

With the International Modernism Week kicking off early next year in Palm Springs, celebrating the regions architecture and design (February 14-29). We thought what better time than now to have our very own how to. We're giving you our tips and tricks for your home, as well as the must have buys to turn your home into a seriously stylish abode.

Palm Springs style is part old world Hollywood elegance, with a minimalist-modern side to it mixed with with very clean lines. Its laid back style is suited to the Australian climate and lifestyle.

Here's Laguna and Co's how-to in your own home:

Pops of Colour

White creates a striking backdrop for a colour scheme that is either neutral or black and white. Yellow (in cooler lemon shades) is a popular accent colour, as are pops of pinks, oranges and fuchsias, pastel blues and emeralds or teals. Basically anything bright, summery and elegant all in one. Basically - Do not be afraid to be bold!!

Pick your favourite colour and run with it.. This style is all about playful-ness and having fun.

Plants. Plants and More Plants.

Indoor plants such as Fiddle leaf figs and palms create an oasis feel indoors, softening the look of a space and bringing the outside in. Palm springs style is all about open plan and the unison between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Outdoors cactus and palms are the way to go, Palm Springs is in the desert don't forget, so its all about easy maintenance and dry heat, All while looking seriously chic. Team these plants with some of the gorgeous pots from the Willow Range from our friends at The Balcony Garden.

Mixing Finishes.

Finishes are sleek and smooth. Think marble, glass or stone teamed with timber or timber veneer. Furniture accents in metallic finishes of silver, gold and mirror. Shiny lacquered or mirrored furniture is also typical of the style.

When it comes to soft furnishings they range from bold and glamorous velvet curtains to understated sheers. Upholstery is structured with detailed trims in gorgeous fabrics including soft linens and Velvets.


Artwork and Accessories are your best bet at incorporating the style seamlessly. Think metal bar carts with palms in vases, Colourful photographs on the wall in white or silver frames - Our pics are the Gray Malin photographs which ooze style, playfulness and Palm Springs. Coffee table books are also great accessories adding interest and colour, Our coffee table pick is of course the Slim Aarons "La Dolce Vita" and "Poolside" which are the Palm springs style to a tee.

Details and accents.

It's all in the details when it comes to Palm Springs style. From geometric or textured wallpaper designs to gold and silver accents, clocks, mirrors and oversized lamps. Layering is really important, start with a pattern or block colour and go from there. Modern sits comfortably alongside vintage, so don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit.

Blurring the lines between indoor and out.

There’s a real cohesive look between indoor and outdoor spaces. A palette of blues and greens creates great flow between the two. If you have the luxury of a swimming pool then a cabana with flowing fabric sides is a must along with cushioned seating. If you don't, then layering of cushions and outdoor wicker chairs and a bright umbrella create that summer feel.

We have created an entire Palm Springs lookbook for more inspiration and style ideas. Visit us our Pinterest Page.

Alli Ledowsky

Laguna and Co.


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