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Tour these desert abodes — for the kids’ sake

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The Louise M. Neyer–Designed Residence: This ASID award-winning design by Louise M. Neyer is a desert contemporary Mirada Estate home, its 6,500 square feet filled with exquisite architectural features and an artistic flare. Stone, water, and metal are featured harmoniously throughout, and the interior showcases custom furniture conceptually designed by the owners, as well as an admirable art collection.
Photo by Ethan Kaminsky


Nestled at the foot of Rancho Mirage’s majestic purple mountains is an eclectic array of home architecture, from Old Spanish haciendas to sleek midcentury houses and contemporary, tropical-style abodes. Enjoy a taste of them all when the Children’s Discovery Museum hosts the Discovery Home Tour on Feb. 8.

The self-guided tour raises funds for the nonprofit museum, which provides youngsters with programs, exhibits, and activities that encourage intellectual curiosity and artistic self-expression.


photo by ethan kaminsky

The Zimmerman-Designed Residence

This contemporary 5,000-square-foot home offers dynamic interior design by Troy Zimmerman Interior Design in Palm Springs. Its three bedroom suites feature custom built-ins and natural elements that contrast with the home’s contemporary lines. The furniture is custom designed by Zimmerman to perfectly suit the residence. The backyard’s beautiful mountain view is set off by cascading waterfalls and a private putting green.



photo courtesy of The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

The Gaston-Designed Residence 

Noted interior designer Sean Gaston says he was enlisted to re-envision this Tamarisk residence by its new owners, who urged him to “create what was missing” in their “grand but bland” home. Taking cues from classic midcentury design, Gaston created a chic sense of history by infusing spaces with a sense of light and openness. Classic elements were artfully added, including the new dolomite stone fireplace, custom screen panels, vintage lighting, dramatic water features, and blurred boundaries of interior and exterior space.




The Tiedeman-Designed Residence

“A house becomes a home when the designer and the client work together and focus on the lifestyle, colors, and likes and dislikes of the client. This house became a home because of the collaboration and adoration I had for the client. Texture, earth tones, and soft metallic mixed with worn woods, and accents of gorgeous copper and deep purple enhance an inviting palette of great finishes. We hand-picked each stone, each tile, each metal. The home has the well-designed look that signifies a professional has been involved, but it also offers the warmth and “come and put your feet up and stay awhile” feel that make it the client’s home.”
— Lori Tiedeman, interior designer



photo by Grey Crawford

The Kennedy-Designed Residence

“After inheriting the property from the husband’s parents, my Newport Coast clients entrusted me to reimagine the old family home as a comfortable and stylish vacation retreat. Charged with honoring the parents’ legacy while creating something appropriate for a young family, I combined family heirlooms with an eclectic array of new finds to formulate a fresh and timelessly elegant aesthetic. Victorian-era lighting mingles effortlessly with 1970s Lucite furniture and a sleek Italian modern kitchen. The result is light, bright, and unlike anything else in The Club at Morningside.”
— Christopher Kennedy, interior designer


If You Go

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert Discovery Home Tour
in Partnership With the American Society of Interior Designers
Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information and tickets,  visit


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