Palm Springs Modernism Week

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Architecture, design, vintage, fashion, and sunshine…say what? I say that’s the perfect way to spend a long weekend and Alan and I did just that.  We were lucky enough to hop on over to Palm Springs over Valentine’s Day weekend for Modernism Week.  We dined at our favorite spots, went on architecture tours, enjoyed the art fair, listened in on some interesting architecture lectures, and even fit in time for some vintage shopping.

The highlight of my weekend, however, was meeting Christopher Kennedy. As much as I love spending time with my beau, Mr. Kennedy stole the show.  The man combines California glamour with modern vibrancy – of course he was the most major moment!   Alan and I met him as we were about the tour the Christopher Kennedy Compound and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Lori Dennis came passing through and taught us the new and improved “bend and snap” and how to properly pose for the paparazzi. So naturally, we had to practice our picture-perfect pose.  I also received much praise on my fabulous vintage dress, which Mr. Kennedy said was the perfect dress for touring the compound. Merci!

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Enough about my obsessions, the Christopher Kennedy Compound is the inaugural showcase house for Palm Springs Modernism Week.  The house was updated by Christopher and each room was designed by one of nine other designers.  The house is what you would imagine in a Palm Springs showcase house – vintage splendor meets modern chic! My favorite rooms were the living room designed by Woodson and Rummerfield and the  powder room designed by House of Honey. I am a bit biased since I’ve recently learned that we all buy from the same vintage reseller. Oh yes, I love a good lucite everything and that blowfish wallpaper in the powder has me wishing our home renovation would speed up!

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Right after our tour, we drove around the various neighborhoods in Palm Springs to get a glimpse beyond our official tours.  I can get lost for hours just driving through this amazing City and enjoying the mid century modern homes and the scenic palm trees against the mountains.  Alan and I will definitely be back next year at Modernism Week.  In fact, Alan was ready to stay in Palm Springs all week while I was in Vegas so he could get in as much architecture as possible. And that ladies and gentleman, is what I call a successful event.

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