If you’re looking to transform your home from drab to fab, you’ve come to the right place. El Paseo’s thriving Design District caters to different tastes with a curated mix of home décor, interior design, and furnishing stores. Whatever it is you’re searching for, chances are, you’ll find it here.
Founded in 2017, Modern Hacienda offers an eclectic blend of items for Southern California living. Nicholas Hertneck and Lawrence Lazzaro, the duo behind Nicholas Lawrence Design, opened the home lifestyle store after noticing a lack of resources for designer-friendly furnishings and high-end luxury home goods. Their flagship studio at The Lofts Palm Desert showcases furniture from esteemed brands such as Knoll and Herman Miller, while the El Paseo boutique retails unique home décor, apparel, accessories, and gifts. Hertneck and Lazzaro source items like embroidered Peruvian textiles from around the world, and often travel beyond the desert to work on interior design projects with clients.
Photo by Brandon Harman
“Our aesthetic leans more contemporary, but it depends on what style the client is attracted to, as well as what style is appropriate for their home,” Lazzaro says. “Customers come to Modern Hacienda for quality and good design. There’s whimsy, but it’s not kitschy; it’s authentic. Our inventory constantly changes, so whenever people return, there’s always something new.”
Inspired by elements of nature, Lolo Interiors creates organically elevated spaces with neutral colors, natural and organic materials, and the Japanese art of wabi sabi, which finds beauty in imperfection. At her El Paseo showroom, owner Laurie Moulton offers thoughtfully sourced furniture that reflects her tranquil aesthetic, along with artwork and handmade ceramics by small business makers. The design studio is part of a family-owned collective that includes (and shares a space with) fashion boutique House of Lolo.
“We bring in items that add character, texture, and thoughtfulness to a space,” Moulton says. “The main point of our family collective is that we’re intentionally transcending our collections through all facets of home, design, and living. It’s all about how to inspire your life in all ways. On El Paseo, we’ve seen more design, furniture, and décor businesses opening, and we’re very collaborative and play off each other. I love being part of a larger community that is cohesive.”
Photo courtesy Lolo Interiors