Hey guys! I have a special treat for you today. Barry and I spent this past weekend in Palm Springs, CA and it just so happened to be Modernism Week as well. Which, you probably could have guessed was no accident! If you have never been to Palm Springs, it has some of the most incredible architecture and design with heavy focus on iconic mid-century. I mean this is where the original rich and famous called home. As part of Modernism Week we toured 7 houses which were all incredible and unique in their own way. I snapped as many pictures as I could and I am going to share 3 of the houses with you right now!
The first house is definitely like nothing I have ever seen. Known as Loewy House, it was built in 1946 and was designed by architect Albert Frey for Raymond Loewy. This was not a large house and many of the rooms were closed off by the owners. But the most interesting part of the house is the pool situated in the middle. Literally. And many of the spaces in the house were only accessible from the outside. Talk about bringing the outdoors in and who wouldn’t with views like these!
The second house I am going to share was called The Mural House because of the amazing murals painted on the exterior of the house by Zio Ziegler. This house was originally built in 1954 but the architect is unknown. I would describe the style of this house as Scandinavian meets Vintage. Aside from some of the murals, much of the color palate is very warm and neutral but what spoke to me the most with this house was the floor plan and it’s more current amenities. Many of the homes we toured had original kitchens and baths which by today’s standards are not exceptionally functional. While this home stayed very true to its original design, the kitchen and baths were updated and large for a home of this era.
The last house I am going to share is definitely the most me. Casa Estrella. It has been completely rehabbed by the owners and is a sprawling 5500 square feet. It was originally designed by architect Hal Lacy in 1974. From the vibrant use of color, to the tall ceilings, the resort like backyard, to the sunken bar in the great room, this house has it all! Seriously, it made me want to sell our house and move to PS to renovate beauties like this one.
Isn’t it amazing!? I was totally ready to move in! And that view from the yard is to die for, yet still so private. Almost every room opened to the outside, which by the way is basically a U shaped courtyard in the middle of the house. So cool! Someone please tell me why we don’t design houses like this anymore. Seems like a dream layout to me 🙂 What house is your favorite?
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