Modernism Week in Palm Springs: The Christopher Kennedy Compound!

Modernism Week in Palm Springs was such a fun and exciting weekend in the city, and by far the best event was the stunning showhome known as the Christopher Kennedy Compound! Each year, the fabulously talented Christopher Kennedy restores a classic mid-century modern house and brings together the nation’s top design talents to create a stunning, liveable, and truly modern home in Palm Springs.

The Christopher Kennedy Compound at Modernism Week

This year, the Christopher Kennedy Compound was the home of blogger Kelly Golightly, and it was extra special for us to attend, meet Kelly and Christopher, and explore Villa Golightly, the most insanely gorgeous home we've ever seen. Because this is what the glamour of Palm Springs is all about, right? How jaw-dropping is this terrace?! Nothing like a Tiffany blue barbeque...

After going for a swim, you can casually make your way into the Beyonce-themed restroom beside the pool, with 3D printed lemonade big deal.

There's walk in closets, and there's offices, but what if the two of them came together? That's right, welcome to the coolest workspace we've ever seen, the #CLOFFICE. The entire home had an amazing retro vibe, from the bathrooms to the multiple living rooms, and we couldn't get enough! Definitely check out the #VillaGolightly hashtag on Instagram for more of the rooms. 

Another one of our favorite designs in the home was this amazing "millennial pink" bedroom by Sarah Sherman Samuel. Sarah also designed Light Lab, a cool studio space in LA by our friends Caroline and Jayden, so we knew this was going to be a room that stole the show. You couldn't find a better pairing to a pink dream room than an ensuite with a bathtub full of Moet, designed by the fabulous Dawn McCoy

Best Event at Palm Springs Modernism Week

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing experience of the Christopher Kennedy Compound. Definitely snag tickets to this event in Palm Springs, it's only on during the two weeks of Modernism Week and this design showcase alone makes us want to go back every year! Stay tuned for all of next year's events by following Modernism Week on Instagram. See you there?

Looking for more Palm Springs faves? Check out our city guide here

Palm Springs Door Tour: The Best Colorful Houses to Visit

Heading to Palm Springs for Coachella? Whether you're staying in Palm Springs or just driving through on your way to the fest, you'll want to make a pit stop to grab that infamous Palm Springs Instagram shot. Here are our favorite colorful walls, hotels, and houses to visit in South Palm Springs! By the way... don't forget tocheck out the coolest Palm Springs City Guide for the best places to eat, drink, and stay in the city. 

That Colorful Hotel in Palm Springs

On this trip to Palm Springs we stayed at The Saguaro, which is one of the most rainbow poppin, colorful places you could ever stay! We love the bright neon vibes everywhere, but even if you're not staying there it's worth it to visit for a photo op and their yummy margaritas and tacos at El Jefe

If you've seen that infamous Palm Springs sign by the pool, the good news is that we found it! The bad news is that it's a private residence that can be rented out, which will make it a bit difficult for you to snag that photo op if you're just passing through. We got to visit as part of the Mod Squad for Modernism Week, which is honestly the best time of year to go! There are SO many events happening every day around the city, and you'll get to visit a lot of places (like this house) that are otherwise closed to the public. 

The Best of the Palm Springs Door Tour

And now, for the best of the Palm Springs Door Tour! Last year we rented bikes from Bike PS and went on our own little door tour, so we were so excited to see this as a full fledged event hosted by Palm Springs Style during Modernism Week! If you're staying at The Saguaro, they have a ton of new, colorful bikes that you can easily borrow for a quick ride to the houses too. It's the perfect afternoon in Palm Springs, ending at The Ace Hotel pool for cocktails, obviously. 

#ThatPinkDoor is the obvious door choice in Palm Springs, but there are so many other ones in the 'hood too: 


How perfect is that yellow door?! You can find all of these houses in South Palm Springs - look for the pink house at E Sierra Way and then bike around for the other colorful doors! We loved the "party animal" house with the watermelons, and the teal door with the mini BMW! Yes, that's a real car.. 

Funny story, the Palm Springs door tour is so popular that we ran into our friends Jeff + Kelly Mindell from Studio DIY at the yellow house! They have a great series called #StudioDIYWallCrawl so if you're looking for colorful walls to take photos of in a city near you, check it out

We're ready for you Coachella! 

The Coolest Shopping Collective at Platform in Culver City

Imagine you’re at a mall, but instead of a bland interior filled with chain brands and food courts, you’re in an outdoor oasis filled with independent boutiques, trendy pop-up shops, and local street art. When you’re hungry, you grab a delicious, authentic taco, pair it with an artisanal iced coffee, and treat yourself to a vegan ice cream sundae for dessert. It may sound like a dream, but this is life at Platform.

Platform is a super rad collective of local restaurants, shops, and yes, even a SoulCycle, located in Culver City, LA. We visited Culver City for the first time and quickly became obsessed with it; the ‘hood has a very distinct vibe that’s totally different than other areas like Venice and DTLA. Some of the stores at Platform are permanent, but a lot of them are pop-up shops from popular online retailers, like the cult Instagram favorite Pop and Suki. This concept means you’ll always want to be coming back to see what’s new! Here are some of our favorite places to visit at Platform:

Salt Surf is a modern surf/skate shop that has stylish essentials to take you from the sidewalk to the beachfront, along with stylish totes, beanies, and of course - surfboards. 

The Cannibal is one of the restaurants at Platform, and it was sooo delicious for brunch! It’s a haven for both meat-eaters and beer enthusiasts thanks to their huge beer list and tasty menu. We also had our first cicerone experience, which is like a sommelier but for beer. Highly recommend asking them for beer recommendations, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

We love the store Stay by Spring Street Social Society, founded by @aguynamedpatrick. It’s a fun place to work, listen to tunes, shop, or just hang out! Plus, it was so cool seeing our friends’ Coco Carpets hanging in store too.

A good acai bowl is a southern California staple, and the one’s at Sao Acai are so delicious! When you’re done devouring your fruits and veggies, you can wander over to the other side of the store to shop for on-trend streetwear at Kilter.

We always love to visit Poketo while we’re in LA, and while this shop is a bit smaller than their Arts District location, we love it just as much! It’s pretty much impossible to visit without buying something, from their candles to their greeting cards and cute coasters, there’s so many little knick knacks that are begging for you to take them home.

If you’re craving a damn good taco, then you have to head to Loqui! These are some seriously good tacos, and we recommend you order the flour tortilla! So yum.

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen was one of our favorite discoveries at Platform! We loved the high quality, but loved the affordable price point even more. It’s so nice to find quality goods that aren’t hundreds and hundreds of dollars! #realistic. Definitely check them out if you’re visiting Platform, but you can browse online too.

While you're in Culver City, we definitely recommend walking over to Bar Nine Coffee Roasters! Grab a pour-over, snack on some breakfast goodies, and enjoy the local Culver vibes. 

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