A pair of Palm Springs locals give us a tour around their whimsical and sun-drenched vacation home that inspires you to “come on, get happy!”
What happens when a mid-century leaning minimalist meets an interior designer with colorful tendencies? They create a weekend home that radiates pure joy. Dappled with citrusy shots of yellow and tropical blue, the mid-century modern vacation home of longtime Palm Spring residents Ossie Saguil and Craig Mann brings a breath of fresh air into the desert. “It puts a nice smile on our faces when we come here,” says Ossie, a physician who traded in the hustle and bustle of L.A. life nearly 15 years ago. “I think Doris Day would be happy here,” says Craig, an interior designer and event producer. He’s right; a luxurious leather daybed, cheerful polka dot kitchen curtains and a small putting green out back reinforce a certain Old Hollywood charm.
Nearly two years ago, shortly after meeting partner Craig, Ossie leapt at the chance to snap up one of only 40 condominiums in the exclusive Park Imperial South neighborhood. “Units don’t easily come up for sale, so we moved to purchase it right away,” says Ossie of the two-bedroom fixer upper.
Designed by renowned modernist architect Barry Berkus in 1960 as an early experiment in condo living, the homes on the secluded 3.5-acre property bear his trademark details: accordion-style plate rooflines, terrazzo tile floors and a clever use of concrete blocks inside and out.
We wanted to honor the architecture itself and impart the feeling that you’re going back in time.
Ossie and Craig’s second home gave them an outlet to color outside the lines, taking a departure from the more subdued interiors of their primary residence just a mile away. The once all-white space begged for a pop of color, and it all began when they found and painted the kitchen’s original stove hood a retro blue. To balance all the bright tones, Craig suggested a handful of black accents, including a knick-knack-filled etagere and a pair of bejeweled black jaguars — a proud display of their witty side. “We just started collecting things in an eclectic way and it all came together,” says Ossie of the thoughtful mix of old, new and inherited pieces.
The condo is perfect for entertaining, sort of like a cozy cocktail lounge. When they’re visiting, the men make sure the fridge is always stocked for impromptu gatherings, including (and especially) ingredients for creations that match their blue and yellow abode. For their housewarming party, Craig filled a punch bowl with equal parts lemon sherbet and Champagne as a throwback speciality drink. “Welcome to Palm Springs,” Craig says with a laugh.
Take the Tour
Take a peek inside Ossie and Craig’s easy, breezy Palm Springs hideaway.
Bring the look home
One of our favorite elements of this weekend retreat is it’s vibrant color palette and mid-century silhouettes. Explore our collection inspired by Ossie and Craig’s favorite designs.