I recently had the opportunity to tour homes built the the late sixties and designed by architect Robert Rummer in the Oak Hills area around Portland. Having been a part of the Modernism Week activities in Palm Springs it was fun to be touring with umbrellas instead of sunglasses!
I was really interested to see how the open spaces and integration of outside to inside worked in a world with a very different climate. Where in the desert there is lots of sunlight and white and bright colors I found the wood interiors of the homes in Oregon to add a warmth that I don't always feel in the homes in Palm Springs.
Also, the designs all included an atrium or indoor/outdoor area at the entry way.