Designer Bobby Berk makes dreams come true all the time on Queer Eye. But when it came to his own fantasy of owning a house in the desert, he could never justify having another property that he’d only use on occasion. That all changed last year during a stay in Palm Desert. “I thought I should find a house and I should Airbnb it,” Berk tells AD, and that’s exactly what he did.
Berk came across a picturesque, Spanish Hacienda–style property in Palm Desert that he would soon transform into a luxurious oasis for Airbnb guests to enjoy. “I could get the house that I’ve always wanted as a vacation home, but also make money off of it at the same time. It justifies getting an additional home,” he says.
One of the seven bedrooms in the Palm Desert house featuring artwork, decor, and furniture handpicked by Berk. He aimed to help his guests feel at home while on vacation by transforming the room to a cozy, modern space.
Despite the gutting, electrical, plumbing, and roofing updates the house required, Berk embraced the property’s quirkiness while giving it a modern face-lift. “I wanted to keep as much of the original pieces of the house as I could, so we kept all of the original flooring and wood ceilings,” he says.
Berk completely relandscaped the backyard so that guests can enjoy the beautiful desert during their stay. The stone flooring, rocks and palm trees transport guests to something akin to a Mexican resort. The newly placed pool will cool guests down during the heat of summer.
The dining area is right off of the kitchen and is perfectly designed for guests to enjoy each other’s company over a meal. The room features the original terra-cotta floors and unique wood ceilings. The decor from local artists featured on the walls creates a modern and homey feeling.
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