Touring the colorful world of interior designer Arthur Elrod

December 9th, 2013 | by Dominique Fong | Comments

Last week, I toured the former home of storied interior designer Arthur Elrod and was floored to see the ways he paired colors, textures and custom furniture.

In the 1960s, Elrod lived in the 4,780-square-foot Palm Springs home and used it as a design lab of sorts, developing ideas he otherwise might not have the license to do with his impressive list of high-profile clients, which included Bob and Dolores Hopes and Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The home is now up for sale, listed for $2,195,000 by Nelda Linsk at HK Lane.

Elrod eventually sold the home on West Via Lola to prepare for his even more famous pad atop the Palm Springs hillside. The home, designed by architect John Lautner, was featured in the 1971 James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Here’s your morning dose of design inspiration, starting with this stunning double-door entrance:


Past the parlor, the home opened onto a brightly colored living room. The intense hues of yellow and orange set the palette for the rest of Elrod’s home:


Linsk, who was a good friend of Elrod, said the house was kept in original condition, nearly exactly the way the designer had lived. Elrod designed a custom cover for this Steinway piano:


Elrod also used Lucite glass extensively in this walk-in closet:


Italian furniture dotted the back patio covered by a lattice awning:


The tour was part of my research for a new real estate feature we are about to launch. I’m excited to share my findings with our readers. Stay tuned.

Business reporter Dominique Fong can be reached at (760) 778-4661, and on Twitter @dominiquefong.


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