The Desert Stardust – Sneak Peak

I’ve posted a few sneak peeks of this recently completed H3K DesignTurnKey project I designed for this FAB transformed 1952 residence in Tahquitz River Estates. Just got these gorgeous photos of the christened Desert Stardust by Ketchum Photography Real Estate Photography! A huge thanks to clients Duke Sherman & John-Paul for being so fun and adventurous to work with! They understand how important it is to create a fantasy for guests to experience when visiting Palm Springs!
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You can stay here too! Contact Vacation Palm Springs for rental info:https://vacationpalmsprings.com/vacation-re…/desert-stardust

H3K Design provides that “Palm Springs Look”

When our clients explained to us they didn’t live in a Mid Century Modern house but still wanted a “Palm Springs look,” we were up for the challenge! I had so much fun helping them transform their 1950’s Spanish Revival, including giving it a much-needed exterior makeover with paint and furnishings! I mixed in some MCM styles that worked easily with the rustic wood and Mexican tile. They are thrilled with the results and this Tahquitz River Estates charmer is now a popular vacation rental!

New exterior paint and enlisting a gardener’s help to spruce up the grounds helped give this 50’s Spanish Revival a fresh new attitude!
The house features 3 “living rooms” including this front parlor with the original fireplace.
It always amazes me how a fresh coat of white paint and fun art can instantly transform a drab place! A lot of these furnishings and art can be purchased through H3K Home
When designing vacation rentals, it always helps to throw in something fun that guests can play like this Foosball table!
I LOVE this photo of a young Clint Eastwood packing his “snakeskin” pants!
The back living room acts as a media room with the pool just outside.
This kitchen has a loft style quality to it, it really came alive with the injection of orange color!
One of the 2 master en-suites.
The back bedroom has so much outside light it seemed like a natural to use sunny, fresh yellows here!
The 3rd “living room” can also act as an impromptu guest room.
The back exterior walls used to be all a mustard color! A fresh coat of adobe white and terracotta trim created a lovely background for the sparkling pool and introduction of orange and white!
So much of TurnKey designing is creating special moments for guests to enjoy while they’re vacationing here!
When in doubt, always use a pagoda umbrella outside, LOL. It never fails to create instant glamour!

Instinct Magazine: Modern Bear “Bears to Know for 2018”

Beefcake Soup graphic by Scott McGillivray

Instinct Magazine: May 4th, 2018 by Ryan Shea

2018’s Bears You Should Know: Who Made the Inspiring List?

“Modern Bear creators Travis Smith and Chris Bale have already had a busy year. It started in February with their hugely successful annual PopulArt Party held during International Bear Convergence. Thinking outside the “bear box,” the duo curated an art exhibit of local Palm Springs artists, threw in a DJ and Go-Go Bears, and suddenly, it wasn’t your average art show! They just filmed a comedic appearance in an episode of “Where The Bears Are,” and are working with Bear World TV to create new programming, something they are very excited about. Travis elaborates; “Chris and I have written several pilot scripts for different concepts, and it feels good that BWT is excited as we are in producing one of them. It would be so awesome to get a bear-related show a production deal!”


Modern Bear’s Chris Bale hosting Project Bearway at Lazy Bear
Photo by Richard Marcotte

“But they are most proud to be “Guardian Angel” sponsors of Sanctuary Palm Springs, which provides a physical and emotional environment of health, education and kindness for LGBT teens in Foster Care in the Palm Springs area. Sanctuary enables LGBT teens who have been disowned by their families, a temporary home where they can re-group and have a safe place to live while they re-build their lives. “When we heard about Sanctuary, we immediately wanted to help, so we threw a Modern Bear Tea Dance and donated all the proceeds. The dance was such a hit, we will continue to do more of them throughout the year, to continue raising funding for Sanctuary,” explains Chris.

Both Travis and Chris live busy lives in the gay Mecca Palm Springs, Chris as a Realtor specializing in Mid Century Modern properties popular in the area, and Travis is an interior designer for H3K Design, which specializes in restoring Mid Century period homes. Hmmm, sounds like a great TV show!”

Photo of Modern Bear’s Travis Smith by Kelly Peak

Modern Bear Pride Tea Dance ~ Benefit for Sanctuary Palm Springs

Modern Bear is excited to host our Pride Tea Dance benefiting The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs at the HOT new Palm Springs Fan Club! 4 DJs, Cocktails, and Dancing!

Tickets limited to 200. Get your tickets NOW before we sell out!  $20 online or $25 at the door. 21 and Over. Please bring ID and ticket to event!

Get your tickets now!

Round out your Pride Weekend in style AND help a local LGBT charity, Sanctuary!

DJs Baz, Bob Deck, Gant Johnson, and Matt Cornwall each spinning their brand of fun, high energy and retro lounge dance sets!

Modern Bear is proud to be a Guardian Angel sponsor of Sanctuary Palm Springs, a transitional housing placement plus foster care program for LGBT youth. Sanctuary Palm Springs is a place of safety, support and self responsibility where each foster-youth resident can learn the life skills needed to become an independent, self-sufficient adult.