This 1959’s Remodel Has the Most Gorgeous Indoor/Outdoor Vibes

published Mar 6, 2024

This 1959’s Remodel Has the Most Gorgeous Indoor/Outdoor Vibes

published Mar 6, 2024
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Designer Amber Sokolowski, owner of Soko Design, was actually excited to purchase this house because she knew it would be a complete remodel. She was excited to transform the home to fit her family, which includes husband, Mark; kids, Mila and Liev; and new dog, George.

“The home was built in 1959 so I wanted to keep the mid-century bones,” Amber begins. “I also love Palm Springs and I wanted the house to feel a bit like ‘desert meets the ocean,’ which is very Southern California to me.”

“The biggest challenge, and what I’m most proud of, was reconfiguring the layout creatively and within a budget to meet our family’s needs,” Amber continues. “The house originally had a really strange primary bath layout, very little primary closet space, and no inside laundry.

“Also, the backyard was super small because the previous owners had added an enclosed patio. We added a modest 215 square feet to the front of the house, which allowed us to reconfigure the layout to bring the laundry room inside, create a large walk-in primary closet, and improve the primary bath layout. We also removed the enclosed patio off the backyard to create more outdoor play space for our kids.”

But it wasn’t just layout challenges that Amber tackled. “Another challenge was creating a lot of visual interest with so many large walls and high ceilings. After the construction was complete, everywhere you would look there was a massive white wall. I wanted to create several eye-catching moments that would be ‘wow factor’ but not overwhelming,” she admits.

“I believe I achieved this by making sure there were all different types of art and decor mediums represented,” she continues. “For example, we have photography, textured ropes, lighting, and a frame TV (with a pictured painting) in the same general area. There is a diverse set of items at different heights to keep the eye moving and visually stimulated.” 



  • Most Walls — Dunn Edwards “Droplets”
  • Doors & Trim — Benjamin Moore’s “Pale Oak”
  • Exterior — Dunn Edwards’ “Black Tie”


  • Yoshihiro Makino Photograph — MidcenturyLA
  • Console Table — Restoration Hardware
  • Blue Ottomans — Twist Custom




  • Globe Sconce — Allied Maker
  • White Wall Sconces — Visual Comfort
  • Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color — Farrow and Ball “Drop Cloth”
  • Checkered Rug — Amazon
  • Bar Stools — Amazon
  • Kitchen Cabinet Hardware — Water Street Brass



Thanks, Amber!

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