Design Inspiration From a Palm Springs Desert Chic Boutique Hotel, The Amado — House Tour

Favorite element: The original vintage fireplace, tongue and groove ceilings, wood beams, and clerestory windows with mountain views. They’re also — and I can say this from the experience of having cooked and lived there for four days — very well thought-out and stocked. (Image credits: Jaime Kowal) Whether or not it works is still to be determined but it was really important to me for my guests to feel good intuitively.”

There must be some validity to the practice: the Amado has been popular from the start (Florence and The Machine stayed there during the last Coachella). Open Slideshow


My Style: I love minimal spaces that inspire creativity and a sense of escape. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? The building operated as an apartment complex before I converted it. Biggest Challenge: I had to design and source appliances, furniture, art and finishings for five units simultaneously! We wanted some of the amenities of a hotel with the isolation and privacy of a house. The answer to where to stay? They want to live here and never leave! Follow Apartment Therapy’s board House Tours Apartment Therapy on Pinterest. Proudest DIY: The project as a whole! I always try to honor the original architecture of a space, and am particularly enamored with the clean lines of mid-century design. I had to order multiples of everything and often had to check and double check my planning because the quantities seemed so crazy. Each of the rooms subtly reflects — in its choice of colors, materials and artwork — one of the five elements: fire (unit 1), earth (unit 2), metal (unit 3), water (unit 4), and wood (unit 5). With its five apartments surrounding a pool, it was the perfect, private weekend getaway. Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. I was heading out to Palm Springs for the weekend with friends; we were nine adults and a half dozen children all in. Jamie, a Canadian photographer, had been toying with the idea of moving when her family decided to vacation in Palm Springs. “Design is subjective at best,” Jamie says, “but anything you can do to a space feeling good is positive. Dream Source for stuff: Patricia Urquiola, Ann Sacks, Lawson-Fenning, Galanter Jones, The Modern Shop, Muuto, Ferm Living, Commune

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Walk the Plank Collective


Barrington Blue Pillows
Crow Canyon Enamelware
Woolly Pocket Planters


Andrew Neyer
Tandem Made
Pablo Designs




Dunn Edwards – Flintstone, Whisper


Polished original concrete

Rugs and Carpets

Prestige Rugs

Window Treatments

Custom-made linen curtains


Angus King Bed Frame
Jesabell Set by Diamond Mattress


Cristopher Cichocki
Jaime Kowal
Etsy PerlaAnne shop
Vanity Fair Condé Nast Archive

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Thanks, Jamie! I acted as general contractor and designer and oversaw every detail of the project from start to finish. With an interest in Feng Shui, she turned to a former teacher, Melanie Ferreira, to help her come up with a starting point for the design of the space. Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form. As an example I had to order 22 dining room chairs, 20 pieces of art, 40 bath towels and 6 mattresses and bed frames. The heat of a Palm Springs summer is indeed extraordinary, but ideally they would live a longer life. It was love at first sight. She and her business partner, Chris Pardo, purchased the property that would become the Amado and, with only limited experience under her belt — a 2400 square foot building in North Vancouver that she completed with her ex-boyfriend — Jamie jumped into renovating. Updated daily with fresh tours full of photos for you to pin enjoy! • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE: Check out past house tours here. Name: Jamie Kowal, The AmadoLocation: Palm Springs, CaliforniaSize: 3,200 square feet interior space, 11,200 square feet exterior spaceYears lived in: Purchased and renovated in 2013; opened as a desert chic boutique hotel in 2014. Biggest embarrassment: I have trouble keeping even my succulents alive. With its bright orange door, the former rental complex is the brain child of Jaime Kowal.

Updated: 02.11.2014 — 03:53