This 1958 colorful Krisel home in Palm Springs received a complete makeover that brings together contemporary and authentic Mid Century Modern design features, an inviting palette and playful details.
Respect and passion for MCM design are essential when remodeling a mid-century home.
When the homeowners of this Las Palmas Krisel gem in Palm Springs, California, decided to pull the trigger on a long-planned home remodel, they sought out experienced home builder Steven Shields of Shields Residential. The goal: to balance the work of the original designer with contemporary functionality. This meant a thorough overhaul of the interior and exterior of the house.
“It’s 100 percent brand-new,” Steven says. “We built everything—from a new sewer to a new roof system—with intentional respect for all that William Krisel created as our master template.”
For the interior design, Michelle Boudreau of Michelle Boudreau Design was brought in. She was able to bring the aesthetic vision to life in the colorful Krisel home. The result is a welcoming, vibrant take on Krisel’s original design that celebrates color, gathering and the best of Mid Century Modern design.
A New Vision for a Colorful Krisel
After years spent building production residential homes for a large homebuilder, Steven decided to take his expertise and center it around building and restoring homes with careful consideration of the needs of the homeowners.
“With a focus on giving them a real road map to a successful remastering of their mid-century treasures, we’ve been able to restore some truly amazing places in California’s Coachella Valley,” he says.
For the colorful Krisel project, the remodel process started with Steven creating a 3D model of the property and working with the homeowners to determine their wants and needs.
“We then proceeded to create a new layout that celebrates William Krisel’s vision—but in the context of the way they live their life in Palm Springs today,” he explains.
This involved reenvisioning the layout to meet the homeowners’ goals: They wanted four bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom, and intentional, open spaces indoors and out for hosting.
“When we came to the home the first time, it was already beautiful, tastefully decorated and loved for years before,” Steven says. “The journey the clients embarked on was about creating something truly special.”
In addition to rebuilding everything from the ground up, Steven also expanded openings for sliding glass doors, thereby accentuating the mid-mod hallmark of indoor and outdoor connection, and extended room square footage for both function and style.
“These were major structural changes, but they were fun to navigate … with the hope that it seems as if it was always there from 1958,” he notes.
Collected Cohesion in the Colorful Krisel
Once the layout and construction of the home were complete, Michelle Boudreau stepped in to give a warm, welcoming mid-mod style to the interior. The challenge was to make the interior design seamlessly bring together old and new with vintage and contemporary pieces, as well as functional features to accommodate modern living.
“I wanted to bring the clients’ vision to life with a calming, inviting vibe and layer in the interesting shapes and patterns in a cohesive way that threaded throughout the home,” she explains.
One of the consistent and standout features throughout the remodeled colorful Krisel home are the original tongue-and-groove ceilings.
“We enhanced them and pushed them further with respect and thoughtful consideration,” Michelle says.
“The owners wanted to embrace the original architecture and bring it to life with a modern, calm and inviting place to retreat and entertain guests.”
In addition to this original detail, Michelle worked to incorporate pieces from the clients’ collection.
“They had some amazing vintage furnishings for which they wanted me to find new ways to mix into the design,” she says.
The combination creates a seamless flow between past and present … all the while crafting a new, unique take on MCM style.
Getting the details right is always key to any successful home design.
For this project, Steven and Michelle worked with the homeowners to create a look and feel that borrows from hallmarks of MCM style while also creating a unique, personalized and cohesive design.
One of the ways they accomplished this was by using classic, hand-poured terrazzo as flooring throughout the entire home.
“For the many, many times we have discussed terrazzo floors with clients, homeowners Mike and Sameer were the first to commit thoroughly to this detail,” Steven says. “It brings unbelievable credibility to the finishes of the home.”
Additionally, Michelle’s palette choices create a theme in each space while also tying the entire home together with consistent colors. The abundance of glass walls and windows, in combination with reflective color choices, pushes the connection to include interior and exterior spaces.
“The open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen are wrapped in a serene, neutral color palette, with a mixture of soft greens pulled from the outdoor landscape as a natural transition between the indoor and outdoor living,” Michelle says.
This continues into the four themed bedrooms, where the continuity of the terrazzo floors and gentle neutrals is balanced against bold colors, patterned wallpaper and pieces that shine with “atomic” flair.
“The homeowners really wanted a unique thematic approach for each guest room, so I chose a shape to pull through and developed an identity for each room, giving them a differentiating color palette for each and injecting surprise and delight for the guests to enjoy,” she says
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