A 525-Square-Foot Palm Springs Bungalow Works With the Tile Floors and Cinder Block Walls

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Name: Andrea Rarrick
Location: Palm Springs, California
Type of home: Bungalow
Size: 525 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Mid-century boho meets Palm Springs

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our home is located in the famed Ocotillo Lodge, which has gone through an awakening since being featured on HBO’s “Winning Time.” The lodge has a rich architectural history and was adored by Hollywood’s “It List” from the ’50s and ’60s. Once owned by Gene Autry and finally by L.A. Lakers Dr. Jerry Buss (which is how it is tied to the new HBO series) its name originates from the Ocotillo succulent that adorn the property.

We purchased the bungalow to create a home away from home for ourselves and others as a vacation rental. We designed for the casual traveler that wants to enjoy a stress-free trip to the desert. Whether the vacation goal is to day drink by the pool and enjoy dinners out or outdoor adventures and grilling dinner on the patio. Both of which we love to do while on vacation!

What is your favorite room and why? It’s a toss-up but between the patio and the bedroom. Why? The sense of calm both provide! The San Jacinto Mountains adorn the city of Palm Springs in an almost tangible way. The singular reason why I chose the sectional was for mountain gazing. Lay, sit, or lounge. No matter the position, the mountains are breathtaking. As for the bedroom, the neutral palette allows the mind and body to immediately feel at ease. After all, the desert is synonymous with relaxation.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The glass rectangular West Elm Coffee table and the Marshall Bluetooth speaker were the last items purchased. Both make such a statement in their own right. The glass coffee table lends itself as a chameleon and blends in perfectly while the Marshall speaker sets the mood.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Begin with a color palette and purchasing of the “big” items. Once you have those two complete, everything else will fall into place so much easier.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.