Inspiration

A Chic Melbourne Haven Inspired by Palm Springs

If you’ve ever found yourself yearning for the spirit and laid-back elegance of Palm Springs, take a look at Tonal Bliss – a unique and relaxed family home nestled in the picturesque bay-side suburb of Hampton, Melbourne. This residence captures the essence of Palm Springs with meticulous design selections and a playful touch, creating constant summery vibes all year long.

Built in the 90s/2000s, the original home served as a blank canvas for interior designer David Puckering from The Stylesmiths to work his magic. Recognizing the home’s excellent bones and thoughtful design from its time of construction, Puckering saw the potential to update and reimagine the house to match the vision of the clients – a young family of four.

The heart of design begins with its meticulous use of tones, textures, and natural elements. Stepping inside, you’re greeted by fluted walls that stand as the focal point of the entry and staircase. The rhythmic and impactful fluted design sets the tone for the entire residence, evoking a sense of style and sophistication. Although the fluted walls required some compromises with the builder, the end result was undoubtedly worth the effort, making this house truly one-of-a-kind.

partial interior view of modern living room with tonal furnishings in pink shades

In the main living area, sunlight filters through sheer linen curtains, illuminating the sun-bleached American oak wood floors. With handcrafted terracotta tile surrounding the fireplace, the cozy space becomes the perfect place to unwind. A Jardan sofa, upholstered in rust-toned boucle textured wool, invites casual lounging and complements the overall play of tone and texture in this tranquil living space.

partial interior view of modern minimalist kitchen

partial interior view of modern living room with tonal furnishings in pink shades

partial interior view of modern living room with tonal furnishings in pink shades

Moving further into the home, the kitchen, living area, and dining space blend seamlessly together, providing a harmonious flow for everyday living and entertaining. The kitchen, with its fluted base and natural stone top, is complemented by an azure blue kit-kat tile backsplash and American oak cabinetry.

Angled interior view of modern dining room with wood table and white upholstered chairs

The dining room features a joinery bar and dining table made from American oak, tying the Palm Spring’s aesthetic throughout the home.

Angled interior view of modern dining room with wood table and white upholstered chairs with lights on

partial view of modern bedroom with dark moody walls and soft bedding

The main bedroom exudes a moody allure, transporting one to a tranquil retreat after a long day. With its dark walls, the bedroom stands in contrast to the rest of the house. A fluted floor-to-ceiling headboard and Memphis-inspired tiles contribute to the atmosphere, allowing soft light to cast patterns throughout the space.

view of small bathroom with cobalt blue pedestal sink and round mirror

partial view of modern shower with tiny narrow blue green tiles and brass fixtures

Photography by Gus MacDonald.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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