A Mid-Century Wexler Is Transformed With Vibrant Colors and Bold Patterns
After previously working with Los Angeles-based interior design firm Bells + Whistles, Jillian and Tim commissioned them again to renovate a home in Rancho Mirage, California, near Palm Springs. The original home was built in 1957 by famed architect Donald Wexler as part of Thunderbird North, a community of 10 homes designed by noted Palm Springs architects William Cody, Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison. Named Marrow Midcentury, the renovated residence spans 300 square feet, all of which have been remodeled by Bells + Whistles with “injections of vivid color, hypnotic patterns and desert magic – the epitome of the California escape house.”
The interior is gorgeous with bright spaces with mostly white surfaces that serve as the backdrop for the curated mix of vintage, new, and bespoke furniture and furnishings. A custom made coral velvet sofa from Modshop floats on a white shaggy rug with two vintage Jay Mar chairs rounding off the seating area.
Just as eye-catching as the living room, the dining room has a colorful carpet made of FLOR carpet tiles with a massive custom-made dining table from Modshop, which also made the pink chairs.
The master bedroom has a soothing neutral color palette based on a carpet by Sarah Sherman Samuel of Lulu & George with arches created from a taller pile. A Room & Board four-poster bed and Crate and Barrel chairs make bold statements in white, while a travertine and wood coffee table by Anthropologie provides warmth.
And if the interior isn’t Instagram worthy enough, check out the geometric pool painted by Alex Proba!
In addition to native plants, the entrance area has a disco ball that reflects the light around the atrium walls.
Photos by Madeline Tolle.