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!

L.A. Mid Century Dream Home

MCM Crush:  This eye-popping 1961 gem built by architect David Hyun, located in Los Angeles.  

“Mustard yellows, greens and oranges set the tone, and each additional pop of color matches perfectly. Every piece in the house is secondhand — nearly all bought at Southern California flea markets and swap meets. Vintage magazines rest on the tables and abstract-shaped mirrors adorn the walls. An old record player sits in the lounge next to dice-shaped ottomans and sunken chairs. Lava lamps, geometric shapes, and Hollywood memorabilia are constant surprises around each corner. It’s a bright one story “L” shaped home, with a pool glistening right outside the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. A cabana is quietly tucked away in the corner, large-leafed green plants grow high and cast shadows. Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, and The Mamas and Papas ring loud through the home’s speaker system. This house is rare, stylish…. Inspiring.” – http://blog.freepeople.com/2015/06/peek-vintage-dream-home/?crlt.pid=camp.Yl1We48SpuW0

Photos by Melodi Meadows

“Kitschmasland!” by Modern Bear Travis Smith

If you love Retro and Christmas, you’ll probably love this book! Over 400 photos devoted to Christmas decorations and decorated interiors from the 1950’s to the 70’s! Written by Modern Bear Travis Smith. Available online at Amazon and other book sellers.
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Mid Century Icon: Chemosphere House

We have always been fascinated with The Chemosphere house, designed by American architect John Lautner in 1960. The iconic MCM building, which the Encyclopædia Britannica once called “the most modern home built in the world”, is admired both for the ingenuity of its solution to the problem of the site and for its unique design.

The house stands on the San Fernando Valley side of the Hollywood Hills, just off Mulholland Drive.

Modern Bear Trivia: the house was dramatically featured in the 1984 film “Body Double,” directed by Brian De Palma. We also like to think it was the secret inspiration for the Jupiter 2 from “Lost in Space” 😉

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