We’ve just returned from Palm Springs Modernism Week, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and runs through Feb. 22, and we’ve got midcentury modern homes on the brain. With open floor plans and ample windows, the architectural style is unparalleled when it comes to opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. That said, we love design and décor too much to want to live in a time capsule; we crave the colors, patterns, fabrics, and furniture of today. So when we see a midcentury modern renovation that respects a home’s original architecture yet still feels current, we are wildly impressed and inspired.
Scroll below to see a few of our favorite midcentury remodels—and click each image to take the full tour.
Fashion designer Trina Turk and husband photographer Jonathan Skow purchased a legendary 1936 Streamline Moderne-style three-bedroom home in the hills of Palm Springs, which had been famously deemed “Ship of the Desert” in a 1937 cover story of Sunset. The couple set out on some light surface restorations, but after an ill-fated arson fire burned the home down to its foundation, they enlisted famed architecture firm Marmol Radziner to guide them through a ground-up restoration. Carefully restored with a bright, well-edited view, the landmark home feels like a very fashionable time capsule.
Interior designer and writer David acquired a home by famed architect Richard Neutra, which is marked by an abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and a blurring of the indoors and out. While he didn’t make many renovations to the house, his interior decor selections—which include a Mies van de Rohe daybed, Poul Kjaerholm lounge chairs, a large sculpture by John Koga, and a wicker ottoman by Franco Albini—complement Neutra’s vision beautifully.
Fashion designer John Eshaya restored a 1964 home in Palm Springs with a distinct, fashionable perspective. Eshaya renovated all the bathrooms in the house—save for its grand, spa-like master bath which boasts an original pink marble tub and walls—and installed new flooring throughout. Influenced by fashion, he brought in numerous home pieces by fashion houses like Gucci, Pucci, Hermès, as well as an extensive collection of pop art pieces.
Which home is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.