Mid-century Elegance in Palm Springs by Stewart Williams and Michael Johnston

The Leslie House in Palm Springs is a vision of clean white elegance. Originally built by E. Stewart Williams in 1980 it was brought definitively into the 21st century after a in 2013 renovation by designer Michael Johnston.

Various pale greys and white pervade the house, all of which lend a coolness to the overall build. In a colder climate, such a palette could be almost inhospitably chilly, both literally and tonally, but warmth isn’t really needed in a place like this. And it makes for some spectacular sun-dappled marble in twilight.

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Besides, this is by no means a white cube. The textures of the marble kitchen worktops and the grey floor slabs contrast delicately yet quite clearly with the cleaner white of the kitchen cabinets.

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One of Johnston’s main contributions was to expand the already magnificent valley and mountain views, with an infinity pool at the front giving a sense of futurism.

Still, staying true to the original master Mid-Century Architect E. Stewart Williams, Johnston maintained the sight lines, which reminds us that this lovely home remains mid-century through and through. E. Stewart Williams surely would have approved.

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