This Modern Palm Springs Home Is Your Mid-Century Dream Come True
The Canyon View Estates in Palm Springs revolutionized condo living when they were built in 1962, and helped establish the California community as the mid-century modern capital of the world. The homes have endured, attracting the eye of mid-mod-lovers like Dave Arthurs and his husband, Brennan Pardee.
“We’d had our eye on this exact development for several years before we bought it,” Pardee says. “Then a year ago, a two bedroom became available that we could totally afford and still have enough money left to remodel it. So we just jumped.” The couple bought the unit with plans to refurbish it, and like many vintage-loving remodelers, they were eager to keep the original spirit of the space intact while updating its functionality to suit their 21st-century life. They turned to the experts at Laurel & Wolf and were matched with interior designer James Tabb, who was more than up for the task.
Tabb’s first hurdle was opening up the kitchen. “The house had barely been touched since it was built,” Arthurs says. “The original kitchen had this tacky little window and a door that separated it from the rest of the space. Kitchens from the 1960s were not meant to be seen. Today’s kitchens are part of the living space, so we wanted to open that up.” Tabb met the challenge by knocking down the wall between the kitchen and the living room, and then pushed the bar out to enlarge the kitchen.
“We kept the modernist style intact by incorporating details that were typical of the period,” says Tabb, “such as the breeze-block partition wall and the stack-bond tile layout of the bar’s backsplash.” Pairing these features with the white Italian porcelain floors and authentic Bertoia stools ensured the space didn’t lose touch with its mid-century roots.
“The most challenging part,” says Tabb, “was planning a layout that would update the kitchen but make it still feel like it was always in the home.” The trio ultimately decided to buy new appliances but position them where they originally had been. “Just goes to show you that great design is hard to improve upon,” Tabb says.
Arthurs and Pardee were blown away by the final product. “I think we’ve done a really nice job of respecting the aesthetic of the original design while making the home modern and functional for today’s living,” Arthurs says. Echoes Pardee, “I think there’s a lot of mid-century elements, like the clean lines and simplicity, that work really well for life today. The open-concept floor plans make a space more livable, and the combination of indoor-outdoor living is perfect for warmer climates like this one.”
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(Photos via Laurel & Wolf)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)