Palm Springs is known for many things, most notably the iconic Mid-Century architecture that’s ever-present in this Southern California city, which makes sun-seekers and architecture-lovers rejoice. For the third year in a row, West Elm was a sponsor for Modernism Week, an annual event held in Palm Springs celebrating Mid-Century Modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. In partnership with Acme House Company and West Elm Palm Springs, the team created a living showroom to inspire all the Modernism Week patrons who had a chance to tour it.

Located in the Movie Colony neighborhood of Palm Springs, this 1957 four-bedroom home is 3,100 square feet. It still has many of the original design elements that are so iconic with a home of this location and era, mixed with contemporary updates that complement the modern age. Joey Kell + the Design Crew from West Elm Palm Springs designed the interiors, including sourcing artwork from various local Southern Californian artists to bring an extra dose of life to the home.

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Tour the 2019 West Elm + Acme House Co. Modernism Week Home below and take a closer look at how a mix of Mid-Century + Modern furniture selections turned this Palm Springs home into a vacationers’ paradise.


Living Room


When you first enter the living room, you’re instantly taken back to the era the home was constructed — but updated with a modern twist. The original sandstone fireplace and matching built-in planter by the front door pair seamlessly with the modern, high-gloss marble floors seen throughout the home. The Design Crew with West Elm Palm Springs went with two Drake Sofas in Feather Gray facing each other – an element that really gives a strong nod to the home’s Mid-Century roots. To add a modern, eye-catching touch to the space, a pair of Dark Horseradish Wire Frame Slipper Chairs were used. Artwork by Mod City Gallery tie the color palette together while the Distressed Rococo Wool Rug introduces a blue color-story that’s used throughout the home, inside and out.


Lounge Area


Just off the main living room is the lounge area that connects the dining room to this casual seating space. Not only could you relax and take in the exposed vaulted wood beam ceiling and Nelson Chandelier that’s original to the home, you can also take in the SoCal scene with the pool and fire pit outdoors.

For this room, a Bradford Sofa in Port Blue Velvet anchors the space, partnered with a creative pairing of the Stowe Coffee Table and Side Table for a larger, multi-level table moment. The pair of Cozy Swivel Chairs make for comfortable seating with mobility to enjoy the views of the pool with ease.


Dining Room + Kitchen


Continuing through the home into the dining room, the Design Crew went with the Mid-Century Expandable Dining Table and combination of Ellis Dining Chairs in Dark Horseradish and Finley Low-Back Dining Chairs in Twill Granite. A mixture of transparent and amber Foundations Vases paired with various planters including the Mid-Century Turned Leg, Adrian and Sketchbook planters bring a touch of the outdoors in.

Above the Modern Console is Pool Talk – a rendition of the iconic Mid-Century Kaufman home reimagined by SHAG, a local Palm Springs staple. The Champignon 3-Light Chandelier + Tiered Bar Cart complete this entertaining space.


Master Bedroom + Bath


The master bedroom features the Andes Deco Bed and Bench, paired with nightstands and a six drawer dresser from the Wright Collection, complete with Roar + Rabbit Crackle Glaze Ceramic Table Lamps. The Design Crew continued the use of blue tones throughout the home with the Nightscape Rug, Ink Blue Velvet Roar + Rabbit Swivel Chair and Wallscape Planters. For the en suite bathroom, the West Elm Water Street Bath Collection made this space a destination for relaxation.


Guest Bedroom


The Design Crew took a modern approach to the first guest bedroom, incorporating the Walnut finish Gemini 6-Drawer Dresser and Nightstands paired with the Grid-Tufted Upholstered Bed. Placed at the foot of the bed is a Floating Disks Side Table in Petrol Blue that adds a whimsy, playful touch, along with a pair of Landscape Blue Metalized Glass Table Lamps with USB ports. Natural light floods the space, especially in the morning, creating the perfect growing environment for the Fiddle Leaf Fig + Snake Plants shown in the Column Planters.


Guest Bedroom


The second guest bedroom has a true Mid-Century look + feel with the Modern Bed in Linen Weave, a pair of Curvilinear Mid-Century Sconces mounted above the white + acorn Mid-Century Nightstands. Local Palm Springs artwork by SHAG and Mod City Gallery pair nicely with the Olive Carlo Mid-Century Chair. The ombre tiled wall in the bathroom is complete with a Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror.


Guest Bedroom


Rounding out the bedrooms in the home is this garage space that’s been converted into a suite. The bedroom features the Show Wood Modern Bed flanked with Paulson Nightstands and Morten Table Lamps. Keeping true to the ever-present Palm Springs vibe, the Design Crew used the Palm Trees On A White Roof framed print above the bed.


Outdoor Entertaining Area + Pool


A home in Palm Springs just isn’t complete without a quintessential outdoor entertaining area with a pool to enjoy the warm desert sun and its cool evenings. For the main outdoor dining area, the Design Crew paired the Halden Dining Table + Bench with the Stackable Dining Chairs in Blue Retro, mixing in bold colored dinnerware and bowls. The large lounge chairs from the Huron Collection make gathering around the fire pit a welcomed retreat for an evening of cocktails and laughter.

And the pool – well it’s sure to make a big splash!

Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt

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April 1, 2019

Please tell us the name/brand of the paint in the front door!


April 7, 2019

Wow, this the epitome of what I think of when I think Palm Springs! Absolutely stunning! I love it!


April 12, 2019

Beautiful Home

Sharon, Philadelphia

May 16, 2019

You did such a terrific job decorating this American beauty! Who was the architect for this home?

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