Want to Know Where Barack and Michelle are Staying in Palm Springs?

Like me, more than half of America will miss President Obama and the First Lady Michelle. They will now resume normal lives like the rest of us but not sure how “normal” life will be for them as they are now held to the regard of royalty for most of us. They gracefully left Washington D.C. today and headed off to some much deserved and needed vacation at this estate of James Costos, the U.S. Ambassador to Spain in Thunderbird Heights located in Rancho Mirage. Check out this gorgeous estate designed by Michael S. Smith.

Also read more about their stay in Palm Springs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-palm-spr…

Interior designer Michael S. Smith renovated an early 1970s Howard Lapham house in Rancho Mirage, California, as a weekend retreat to share with his partner, James Costos, the U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra. The pool area, offering dramatic views of the desert surroundings, is furnished with custom-made Brown Jordan tables and chaise longues, the latter cushioned in a Kravet fabric.An expanse of silvered mica panels over the fireplace offsets the living room’s travertine walls and floor; the table and chairs at left are vintage Jansen designs, the daybed is 1960s, the sculpture on the landing is by Rod Kagan, and the carpet is a Smith design by J. D. Staron.The couple’s Bedlington terrier, Lily, relaxes next to a seating area with Jasper club chairs and Lawson-Fenning cocktail tables; in the background, a banquette covered in a Brunschwig & Fils fabric is joined by a trio of vintage Milo Baughman lounge chairs.Overlooking the pool is a sculpture of a Mayan figure holding torches, which are lit in the evening; the sunshades are by Brown Jordan, and pillows in a Kravet fabric accent the custom-finished Brown Jordan chaise longues.In the dining room, a Jean de Merry light fixture shimmers above a vintage table ringed with shearling-clad chairs by Jasper; the curtains are of a fabric from Michael S. Smith’s Templeton line, and the Smith-designed rug was made by J. D. Staron.The kitchen is equipped with Poggenpohl cabinetry, a backsplash of Heath Ceramics tile, a Viking range and ovens, and Kallista sink fittings; Lawson-Fenning stools are pulled up to the island, which has a Caesarstone top.In the master bedroom’s sitting area, a Jasper sofa and chairs—all upholstered in Jasper fabrics—are joined by a Chinese lacquer low table custom painted by Nancy Lorenz and a rug by Ben Soleimani for RH.The master bedroom’s canopy bed, featuring a Century Furniture headboard, Templeton-fabric draperies, and D. Porthault bed linens, is flanked by Julian Chichester mirrors; the fauteuil is by Jasper, the pop-up television cabinet is by Michael S. Smith for Jasper, and the carpet is by Ben Soleimani for RH.The fire pit.

*Photos courtesy of Architectural Digest

Chenee Coleman
The Collective Realty
DRE: 01916085

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