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13 April 2022

SBD @ Desert Oasis Show House

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Situated within El Dorado Estates in the luxuriously appointed Indian Wells, CA resort community, the 10-day Desert Oasis Show House hosted a slew of engaging events, including self-guided tours of the iconic home, VIP soirées, panel discussions and more. Originally designed by Architect John Walling in 1978, the 4,350-square-foot Desert Oasis Show House presented a classic mid-century design reimagined into a stunning tropical Polynesian paradise.

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Inspired by the homeowner’s love for the South Pacific surf lifestyle, his personal collection of vintage surfboards, and a host of authentic Aloha-themed objects, lead designer Michael Berman made certain that the entire team of design professionals masterfully merged the owner’s collections and style with a crisp, refined, elevated aesthetic providing a unifying motif throughout every room of the installation.

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John Feldman, of Ecocentrix Landscape Architecture, and Chris Barrett, of Chris Barrett Design, combined design forces for the exterior design to maximize the dramatic views of the pool and the nearby barranca. Barrett specified our popular Paseo umbrellas in a Pickle green Regatta canopy, with a Keyhole valance in Natural braid trim. The Pickle canopy color blended beautifully into the mid-century Polynesian green exterior color of the house, as well as into the verdant landscape. She cleverly specified rectangular shaped canopies to extend the architectural lines of the house and connect it to the outdoor living areas.

In addition, eight extraordinary designers have also contributed their talents to the transformation; Linda Allen, Donna Johnson, Jenika Kurtz, Shannon Palmer, Jen Samson, Huma Sulaiman, Amy Wax, and Maya Williams each interpreted the theme in their individual visions of this private residence.

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On Saturday, April 9, “Rethinking the Backyard,” a lively panel discussion amongst outdoor design professionals, including our Corporate Sales Manager, Jim Romanelli, educated and inspired fifty guests on how to create their very own backyard oasis. Umbrellas (of all kinds) were the saving grace of the day, as a sea of white paper parasols provided temporary shade protection to guests not fortunate enough to shade under our rectangular Paseo umbrellas.

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Produced by the Design Collaborative, ticket sales raised money for FIND Food Bank, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Special Olympics of Southern California, to reach the target fundraising goal of $100,000.

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Santa Barbara Designs was proud to participate in the Desert Oasis showhouse, supporting our design community, the local community, and worthwhile charitable organizations.

You can read more about the Desert Oasis Show House here.