The work of Lucas Interior, a Seattle-based studio helmed by siblings Suzie and David Lucas, has been characterized by serene hues and sweeping yet spare architectural lines. If there is ever a sense of drama, it’s typically achieved purely through volume and geometry. But that’s not how the Lucases approached their latest project, a Spanish Mission Revival home in Palm Springs that packs a colorful punch. “Our clients told us to go crazy and that’s just what we did,” says Suzie Lucas, half-jokingly. “We even had to dial it back at one point.”

The clients, real estate developer Jim John and his husband, Craig Hartzman, an art collector and philanthropist, already owned two homes in the Pacific Northwest that were rather sober and minimalist. At their new California retreat, they wanted to embrace the artistic spirit and carefree ethos of Palm Springs, exploring color, pattern, and the art of mismatching.

“My husband wanted to preserve the old Spanish style of the house, but I grew up in Santa Barbara surrounded by terra-cotta and I really needed something different from that,” quips Hartzman. “Eventually, we said, ‘Let’s make it Spanish but on steroids.’”

This informal dining area, used mostly for wine tastings (there’s a cellar behind the iron gate), features a custom dining table paired with “Era” armchairs from Design Within Reach. The nude painting is by Michele Russo, circa 1970.

This informal dining area, used mostly for wine tastings (there’s a cellar behind the iron gate), features a custom dining table paired with “Era” armchairs from Design Within Reach. The nude painting is by Michele Russo, circa 1970.

Together with Suzie and David Lucas, who had designed their other homes, John and Hartzman decided to take certain classic elements of Mission Revival interiors—things like hand-painted tiles and wooden beams—and emphasize them in modern ways, as if reinterpreted through the lens of a pop artist.

After completing a top-to-bottom renovation of the low-slung, red tile–roofed property—which was originally built in 1929—the designers began sourcing an array of patterned tiles from Mexico and Morocco. Some have bright yellow details, others have different shades of blue, and still others are simply black-and-white. Along with a series of checkerboard tiles laid throughout common areas of the five-bedroom property, these floor and wall tiles are the foundation of the home’s youthful, buoyant atmosphere.

A Mercedes-Benz 280SE from 1971 awaits in the driveway of the Spanish Mission Revival home, which was built in 1929. Designers Suzie and David Lucas, with Palm Pacific Construction, modernized the property while keeping some a handful of elements like the roof’s terra-cotta tiles.

A Mercedes-Benz 280SE from 1971 awaits in the driveway of the Spanish Mission Revival home, which was built in 1929. Designers Suzie and David Lucas, with Palm Pacific Construction, modernized the property while keeping some a handful of elements like the roof’s terra-cotta tiles.

“The materials and colors took center stage,” says David Lucas, referring not just to the salmagundi of tiles but also to the polished wooden beams and iron-framed glass doors added during construction. “We were not really focused on particular pieces of furniture or artworks.”

That’s not to say that the home’s decorative objects were an afterthought. David and Suzie Lucas commissioned most of the furniture from trusted makers in the Pacific Northwest, pairing bespoke items with a few favorites from Design Within Reach and Holly Hunt. In the main living room, for example, they placed an oversized circular sofa upholstered in a luminous ochre velvet, balancing its strength with two electric blue side tables from Christophe Delcourt and a cobalt “Pelican” chair by Finn Juhl.

Lucas Interior Embraces Color to Modernize Palm Springs Spanish Revival Home

This 5,000-square-foot Spanish Mission Revival residence in Palm Springs, California, which sits at the foothills of the San Jacinto mountains, was renovated by siblings David and Suzie Lucas of Lucas Interior. Along with reorganizing the layout and connecting indoor and outdoor spaces in a more cohesive way, they opened up perimeter walls, added floor-to-ceiling glass pivot doors, and incorporated timber beams that felt original to the 1929 home. The finished design offers the homeowners, Jim John and Craig Hartzman, a youthful, breezy environment to relax and soak up the sun.

This 5,000-square-foot Spanish Mission Revival residence in Palm Springs, California, which sits at the foothills of the San Jacinto mountains, was renovated by siblings David and Suzie Lucas of Lucas Interior. Along with reorganizing the layout and connecting indoor and outdoor spaces in a more cohesive way, they opened up perimeter walls, added floor-to-ceiling glass pivot doors, and incorporated timber beams that felt original to the 1929 home. The finished design offers the homeowners, Jim John and Craig Hartzman, a youthful, breezy environment to relax and soak up the sun.

In the media room, a custom green wallpaper from Flie Paper brings out the orange hues of the still-life photograph by Curtis Speer, which was commissioned specifically for the space. The sectional was custom made at Village Interiors and the round coffee table is from Nickey Kehoe.
In the media room, a custom green wallpaper from Flie Paper brings out the orange hues of the still-life photograph by Curtis Speer, which was commissioned specifically for the space. The sectional was custom made at Village Interiors and the round coffee table is from Nickey Kehoe.
Kehinde Wiley’s 2018 Portrait of Marcus Stokes hangs in the hallway leading to the master suite. “It’s such a strong piece and it fits so perfectly there,” says homeowner Craig Hartzman, a longtime Wiley fan who collects contemporary works from both emerging and established artists.

Kehinde Wiley’s 2018 Portrait of Marcus Stokes hangs in the hallway leading to the master suite. “It’s such a strong piece and it fits so perfectly there,” says homeowner Craig Hartzman, a longtime Wiley fan who collects contemporary works from both emerging and established artists.

The master suite has a softer palette than the rest of the house; it also has richer textures. There’s plush wool on the custom rug from Marc Phillips, soft leather on the headboard from Jonathan Pauls, and velvety cushions on the Akar de Nissim “Candy” bench.

The master suite has a softer palette than the rest of the house; it also has richer textures. There’s plush wool on the custom rug from Marc Phillips, soft leather on the headboard from Jonathan Pauls, and velvety cushions on the Akar de Nissim “Candy” bench.

One of the home’s most coveted spaces is this outdoor living room, a festive space outfitted with a sectional sofa from Holly Hunt, a “Kay” low-back lounge chair from Gloster, and a series of totem-like lanterns designed by Stephen Burks. The huge freestanding fireplace was modeled after the one seen at the Parker, a boutique hotel in Palm Springs.
One of the home’s most coveted spaces is this outdoor living room, a festive space outfitted with a sectional sofa from Holly Hunt, a “Kay” low-back lounge chair from Gloster, and a series of totem-like lanterns designed by Stephen Burks. The huge freestanding fireplace was modeled after the one seen at the Parker, a boutique hotel in Palm Springs.
In the master bath, hex floor tiles from Tabarka Studio match the “Barcelona” freestanding tub from Victoria and Albert Bath. A painting by American artist Fay Jones completes the marine-influenced look.
In the master bath, hex floor tiles from Tabarka Studio match the “Barcelona” freestanding tub from Victoria and Albert Bath. A painting by American artist Fay Jones completes the marine-influenced look.
Black-and-white patterned tiles from Mosaicos Oaxaca, along with checkerboard cement tiles, help set the bold yet casual style of the kitchen. The 36-inch-tall table, which is used for snacking and working, was custom made. The hanging lanterns are from Gregorius Pineo.
Black-and-white patterned tiles from Mosaicos Oaxaca, along with checkerboard cement tiles, help set the bold yet casual style of the kitchen. The 36-inch-tall table, which is used for snacking and working, was custom made. The hanging lanterns are from Gregorius Pineo.
In the main living room, designers David and Suzie Lucas placed an oversized circular sofa upholstered in a luminous ochre velvet, balancing its strength with two electric blue side tables from Christophe Delcourt and a cobalt “Pelican” chair by Finn Juhl.

In the main living room, designers David and Suzie Lucas placed an oversized circular sofa upholstered in a luminous ochre velvet, balancing its strength with two electric blue side tables from Christophe Delcourt and a cobalt “Pelican” chair by Finn Juhl.

Then there’s the powerful art collection put together by Hartzman, most notably a large-scale painting by Kehinde Wiley (who famously oversaw Barack Obama’s official portrait in the National Portrait Gallery) showing a young man wearing a Nike T-shirt against a fanciful red background. “I’ve been following Wiley’s career since he first came on the scene,” says Hartzman, who collects works by mostly emerging artists. “We’re from Portland, so this particular portrait with the ‘Just Do It’ slogan really spoke to us.”

While John and Hartzman say they are over the moon about the interiors of their vacation home, they spend most of their time in the garden, enjoying the Palm Springs weather and a gorgeously appointed outdoor lounge, complete with a massive standalone fireplace.

In the end, the Lucas siblings did not create a full maximalist house—indeed, even amid all the color, there is still an eye for restraint and a thoughtful use of negative space. But they came pretty close to a certain sort of maximalism. “We would do this again in a heartbeat,” says David Lucas. “It’s a bit boring now to think of going back to our more purist style.” lucasinterior.com

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest