Tempo Lane

We were tasked with creating the look and feel of a Palm Springs home… across the nation in Fairfax Station, Virginia. The result incorporates the mid-century modern shapes, features, and textures so familiar to the California desert resort town, and punctuates the property with the required leisurely pool.

Tucked away in a large wooded lot, this single-story structure opens with double glass doors, signaling the importance that natural light plays in the life of the home. One step inside, and inhabitants submit to the directive of the “L” plan configuration which focuses all views toward the swimming pool and the beauty of its natural environs.

Expansive walls of glass open the home to an infusion of natural light that reaches to the apex of the soaring ceilings and exposed beams. Clusters of pendant lights subtly delineate separate areas of the capacious open-plan living, dining, and kitchen space. Beautiful flooring and cherry cabinetry unite the interior with the surrounding treescape. And a massive stone-clad and hot-rolled-steel fireplace serves as a substantial comforting anchor.

The exterior views go unbroken through the three bedrooms and three bathrooms that comprise the protective arm harboring the pool. Palm Springs is further evoked by the exterior’s collection of clean and simple geometry, gently textured white stucco finish, and contrasting dark bronze windows and doors. And in case departing visitors have a change of heart, a walkway trellised by cedar extends from the entry and wraps around the house – back to the sanctuary of the pool.