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Smoke Tree Retreat

Palm Springs, CA

Driving into Palm Springs' Smoke Tree Ranch, you leave the developed city center and enter into a quietly stunning desert landscape that feels of another era. The dramatic San Jacinto mountains encompass the property, with the subtle tones of sage, lavender, and mauve in the desert landscape.  Homes are rustically marked with a numbered rock, and carved cedar signs with the owners' last name. This 1964 home designed by renowned Palm Springs architect Albert Frey, is used by various members of an extended family that come to enjoy the deserts' warmth, sun, and culture.  Tantalus Studio was brought on to celebrate the mid century roots of the home while reinvigorating the interiors with warmth and clean lines. New lighting and flooring throughout helped create a unified tablet for an eclectic mix of new and vintage furnishings and artwork from Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and beyond. The desert landscape coupled with the vibrant design and cultural scene of Palm Springs inspired the blend of colors, prints and textures in the interior palette.   

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Albert Frey, 1964

Originally built in 1964, this house was designed by Albert Frey, a well known Palm Springs architect.  The classic ranch style home opens to a boomerang shaped pool, which is surrounded by a grove of orange trees and sculpturesque desert plants.  The home had subtle formal details from the era that were celebrated with Tantalus Studios' interior finish, decorative lighting, and furnishing selections.



Photographer: Lance Gerber

Styling: Michael Walters

Interior Design: Tantalus Studio

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