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Modernism Week Show House: Top 10 Design Finds

The Christopher Kennedy Compound Modernism Week Show HouseThe Christopher Kennedy Compound | Modernism Week Show House in Palm Springs starts with a home built in 1982 in the chic 1960s Indian Canyons neighborhood and infuses it with the best of today’s interior design, architecture, landscape design and the latest in home technology. From whole interior rooms to specific objects and design ideas, here are our top 10 design finds from the main show house.

Modernism Week Show House  landscape Modernism Week Show House -pool#1.  Gridded patios and landscape by Jamie Durie, the smiling Australian landscape adonis we’ve drooled over on HGTV, is the clear winner. Grids are a time tested design secret to success, and here they work perfectly.  Curb appeal can make or break a home, Jamie created an appropriate landscape which accentuates the architecture, while remaining mindful of desert climate constraints. He gets it.

DSC02702-imp#2.  The focused and glamorous dining room by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is pure delight.  Look at how he upped the luxe quotient with silver foil ceiling wallpaper, he really gets it.

Kitchen lighting#3.  Artful kitchen lighting placement by Christopher Kennedy  is a showstopper.  If one is nice, two is better, why not a few? Christopher makes the kitchen interesting by treating Tech Lighting glass globes as an art installation.

Master bath vanity by Kelli Ellis#4.  Floating vanity mirrors in the master bathroom by Kelli Ellis are the trick for making this bathroom feel spacious and flooded with light.  Who said a bathroom vanity has to go on a solid wall?

Stool from Claremont Furnishings#5.  A stool becomes eye-candy in the den by Patrick Dragonette.

Vintage lounge chair by Julia Buckingham#6.  Repurposed vintage lounge chairs are enhanced by the clever fabric selections Julia Buckingham made in the master bedroom.

Teen Bedroom by Carson Kressley#7.  Happy colors transport this teen bedroom by Carson Kressley to a happy place.

Teen bath by Trellis Home#8.  A lime green quartz countertop is delightful in the adjoining teen bathroom by Trellis Home.

Laundry Room by Denise McGaha#9.  Art Deco style brass and acrylic knobs can work wonders in a laundry room. Denise McGaha illustrates the right way to use hardware as jewelry in a room.

Dressing Room whimsy#10. Sense of humor defines the dressing room by Kelly Lee. Homes need a sense of whimsy, it makes them real. The coveted Kate Spade vanity desk pokes fun at the bold palm frond wallpaper. She happily gets it.

A great home should be welcoming, restful, and inspiring, the 2016 Modernism Show House delivers. In Palm Springs, life is good, design is inspiring and architecture is spectacular – what else is there?


Modernism Week in Palm Springs is a must for anyone interested in interior design, architecture, landscape design and the latest in home technology. Palm Springs is a glorious spot to travel to in February, temperatures in the 80’s, palm trees swaying the in the breeze, and the picturesque back drop of the San Jacinto mountains, combined with architecture and design this makes for one heck of a destination. While the main show house is the product of designers and tastemakers from all over the country, a neighboring 1969 home was solely renovated to modern standards by designer Christopher Kennedy and is also part of the compound. (Truthfully, the second house is so fabulous it deserves its own post.)

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