Design Transformations Inside a Mid-Century Modern House

Talented designers dramatically remade a Palm Springs, California estate, by updating and refurbishing a sprawling mid-century modern house, which is one of the highlights of the annual Palm Springs Modernism Week. 

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“Mid-century endures” says Christopher Kennedy, the creative force behind the Christopher Kennedy Compound. “Everyone’s pace is so hectic now, that I think that we crave simplicity. For me, midcentury modern is about doing more with less, surroundings ourselves with fewer things but things that have meaning and a connection to the natural environment. These ideas are resonating with many people right now.”

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Scroll down and see different design transformations that make the case for the continued appeal of mid-century-modern-inspired style! 

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The transformation of the front entrance of the Christopher Kennedy Modernism Week show house in Palm Springs, California hints at the scope of the renovations throughout the property.

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Canadian design firm 31 Westgate used a Kelly Wearstler chandelier in the entry of the home.

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Kelly Lee — who pens the popular design blog Kelly Golightly — designed the walk-in closet off the master bedroom.

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Chicago-based designer Julia Buckingham selected a vividly patterned tufted settee from her own 1stdibs storefront for the master bedroom of the show house.

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Kelli Ellis’s all-white master bathroom is punctuated by a chrome, Sciolari-inspired chandelier.

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Michel Boyd installed glossy, metallic wallpaper to evoke a dramatic mood in the home’s powder room.

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In the guest suite, designer Justin Shaulis used a pair of sculptural midcentury lamps by Modeline from 1stdibs dealer 20th Century by HKFAto bookend a custom-made brass bed.

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Designer Carson Kressley used lacquered twin beds, neon artwork and saturated shades of pink, orange and turquoise to create a cheerful child’s bedroom.

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A brass coffee table by Gabrielle Crespi anchors the home’s den, designed by the Los Angeles-based 1stdibs dealer Patrick Dragonette.

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Another view of the light-filled living room.

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A small bar — complete with upholstered swivel stools — is tucked into the corner of the living room.

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Kennedy himself oversaw the renovation of the home’s airy, modern kitchen.

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The show home’s pool and patio areas were designed by Australian landscape architect Jamie Durie.

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