Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Modernism Week, 2017

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Tim and I returned home today from Palm Springs, where we spent three solid days enjoying Modernism Week, the wonderful annual celebration of all things "mid-century." We toured desert homes built in the 1950s/early 1960s, danced to a rockabilly band at a poolside Tiki-a-Go-Go party, attended presentations about vintage cars, Los Angeles neon, and mid-century design's influence on Walt Disney, and ate at our favorite Palm Springs restaurants. Here are just a few of fabulous things we did and saw:

Our fave "histo-tainer," Charles Phoenix, showed slides of
and gushed over something we all love: 1950s cars!  

 All dressed-up in our finest tiki to
tour homes at the Royal Hawaiian
Estates and dance the night away

We also toured the Green Fairway Estates, Twin Palms, and the Ocotillo Lodge. Lots of color—predominantly turquoise, orange and yellow—and fabulous vintage furniture and art. Ah, to be rich enough to afford a second home in Palm Springs . . .

Turquoise-colored Twin Palms home (loved it!)

Vintage car outside a fabulous vintage home in Twin Palms

I'm ready to move in!

 Amazing stone walls everywhere!

 Yellow living room in Green Fairway Estates

 Orange living room in Green Fairway Estates

 A little more sedate, but note the orange door in back

 Blue and brown in Twin Palms

More orange at Royal Hawaiian

Amazing fireplaces, kitchens and bathrooms . . .

Orange fireplace at Green Fairway Estates

Same fireplace, different house

Festive kitchen

Remodeled kitchen back to its original turquoise color (yay!) at
former hotel, and now condos, Ocotillo Lodge

Love this dining room at Royal Hawaiian

Orange and turquoise bathroom at Royal Hawaiian

We also went to a designer showcase house, which was way over the top,
but did enjoy this bathroom: the ever-stylish Audrey Hepburn,
flowers, cupcakes, and champagne on ice in the bathtub!

Tiki wallpaper in a Royal Hawaiian bathroom
(of course)

Attention to detail is soooo important in a mid-century home . . .

Fashion ads as art

Go-going dancers (must find me one!)

And I thought we were the only ones to decorate our home
in album covers

What I like to call a "suite" of decorative items

Dishware as art

And, of course, beautiful Franciscan Starburst pieces

And speaking of starbursts, check out this light fixture!

More traditional lamp


Simple yet beautiful bathroom lamp

Even the doorknobs are spectacular

And this one, too

Lots of old TVs (and Eames chairs, too!)

Tim swooning over this TV

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