Rancho Mirage, California, became a luxurious community for famous faces like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. At the same time, the mid-century modern movement was gaining popularity, and architects like
A. Quincy Jones, E. Stewart Williams, William F. Cody and Wallace Neff were designing homes for boldface names in the sunny enclave in the Coachella Valley within the Sonoran Desert. More recently, in the gated community of Mirada adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage resort in the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, interior designer Pjetur Sigurdson of Hollywood Home in partnership with Scott Cullens of Palm Pacific Construction have created a glamorous 6,000-square-foot home.
The owners, Sigurdson and his husband, Dimitri James, founder of Skinn Cosmetics, concocted this lavish showplace, which required a gut renovation by Cullens and his team, who have built many homes in the area. The couple are no strangers to the Coachella Valley, having lived for the last decade in the nearby Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs in a decidedly different Hollywood Regency-style home. The two (and their dog and cat) love to entertain and carefully curated their new home to match their lifestyle by sourcing one-of-a-kind items from around the world as well as creating custom-made pieces. "The black, white and gold-hued home perfectly showcases what you would expect from Pjetur's bold design aesthetic and Dimitris exuberant personality and passion for beauty," says Cullens.
Statement-making design details include black titanium counters with brushed gold casework sitting on a canvas of white marble floors where the slabs are edged in gold.
Grand gilded chandeliers, a towering black fireplace, a custom green velvet headboard that spans an entire wall and lively Christian Lacroix wallpaper punctuate the spaces, which boast amazing desert floor views. LED-lighted steps make the entire space contiguous and visible from everywhere in the home.
"The gold, black and white color palette might be over-the-top for most people, but as a complete picture, it is undeniably high art," says Cullens of the home's aesthetic. Accessories like Missoni throw blankets, Baccarat crystal vases and candlesticks and Gubi pendant lights add interest in the predominantly black-and-gold color palette. "Easy living while surrounding yourself with beauty is what Palm Springs style means to me," Sigurdson has said. "A carefree ease with bold ideas that make people just want to smile."