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.

鈥淲e鈥檇 had our eye on this exact development for several years before we bought it,鈥 Pardee says. 鈥淭hen 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.鈥 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鈥檚 first hurdle was opening up the kitchen. 鈥淭he house had barely been touched since it was built,鈥 Arthurs says. 鈥淭he 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鈥檚 kitchens are part of the living space, so we wanted to open that up.鈥 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.

鈥淲e kept the modernist style intact by incorporating details that were typical of the period,鈥 says Tabb, 鈥渟uch as the breeze-block partition wall and the stack-bond tile layout of the bar鈥檚 backsplash.鈥 Pairing these features with the white Italian porcelain floors and authentic Bertoia stools ensured the space didn鈥檛 lose touch with its mid-century roots.

鈥淭he most challenging part,鈥 says Tabb, 鈥渨as planning a layout that would update the kitchen but make it still feel like it was always in the home.鈥 The trio ultimately decided to buy new appliances but position them where they originally had been. 鈥淛ust goes to show you that great design is hard to improve upon,鈥 Tabb says.

Arthurs and Pardee were blown away by the final product. 鈥淚 think we鈥檝e done a really nice job of respecting the aesthetic of the original design while making the home modern and functional for today鈥檚 living,鈥 Arthurs says. Echoes Pardee, 鈥淚 think there鈥檚 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.鈥

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(Photos via Laurel & Wolf)