Home Tour: Dressed to the Nines

  • Guy Drier's ninth design in Palm Desert, California
  • Main Living Area
  • Game and TV area complete with the homeowners' art collection.
  • The hallway leading to the master bedroom includes an aquarium and Fletcher Benton artworks.
  • The kitchen is as important to the homeowners as its generous size implies.
  • The powder room has the same strongly patterned granite that enlivens the rest of the house, and the glass artist Danny Perkins created the lavatory's slim, red sculpture, as well as the trio of warm-colored works perched near a couch in the main living area.
  • A double vanity in the master suite that overlooks the mountains.
  • The master bedroom, featuring the petite Benton sculptures that line the hallway and crown the headboard and a wall hanging featuring hand tied pieces of opper wire, by the Santa Barbara–based artist Susan Venable.
  • Cor-Ten steel sculptures acting as visual anchors at the extreme ends of the home.
  • Date palms do not merely surround the property; they are threaded through it, reaching skyward from between custom-finished metal baffle walls and even standing in the pool.
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  • Sheila Gibson Stoodley

For his ninth house for a longtime client, Guy Dreier designed a singular desert retreat accessorized with his “handkerchief” roofs and other signature flourishes. 

This Palm Desert, Calif., vacation home is the culmination of Guy Dreier’s relationship with a very good client: The architect had already created eight other residences throughout the western United States for the individual and his wife. For the ninth house, “he allowed me to do pretty much what I wanted,” Dreier says. “We agreed to do something spectacular, and he turned me loose.” In April, after nearly two years of work, Dreier completed the 7,500-square-foot symphony of steel, granite, and glass. It incorporates his signature grace notes—stone, geometric forms, pools and aquariums—and punctuates certain notes in particular, such as the sweeping roofs that he fondly refers to as “handkerchief thin.”

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