mid century modern homes in palm springs

A few weeks ago we drove over to Palm Springs (about 2 hours east of us) to look at a car. Not just any car. Jerry’s high school car, the 1969 El Camino he has been dreaming of since his was t-boned by someone. We are both kids of the 80’s. The cars with big engines, and heavy metal bodies, were an inexpensive option for a first car. I guess you could say we are reliving the high school dream. Had I known what the prices of the old muscle cars would be now, I would have started saving, buying and storing those things in 1986!

While we were in Palm Springs I was able to take a few pictures of the mid century modern homes, which I didn’t get too many of because it’s hard to take pictures while test driving an El Camino. Anyway…Ten years ago I wasn’t a huge fan of MCM architecture and style, but today I love it. The simplistic lines, the open floor plans, the sloping roof lines. There are certain elements that would be simple to translate into any home. After looking at the pictures I plan to incorporate some of those spiky desert landscape plants (cannot find the name, but I know all the local nurseries carry them. I also want to add a mid century modern trellis into our backyard next to the patio. The spiky plants, and a great trellis example shown in the first picture below. I saw a great tutorial by A Beautiful Mess earlier this week on how to make a MCM inspired trellis.

MCM architectural details galore!

MCM architectural details galore!

Palm Springs MCM Homes

Palm Springs MCM Homes

I like the pop of orange used on both homes shown.

I like the pop of orange used on both homes shown.

Palm Springs MCM Homes

I would have loved to get a peek of the inside of this MCM Palm Springs Home.

I would have loved to get a peek of the inside of this MCM Palm Springs Home.

Atomic sputnik light fixture - Palm Springs MCM Homes

Atomic sputnik light fixture – Palm Springs MCM Homes

A close up of the atomic sputnik light fixture - Palm Springs MCM Homes

A close up of the atomic sputnik light fixture – Palm Springs MCM Homes

Palm Springs MCM Homes

1 my very happy husband driving off in our new 1969 El Camino

Smiling ear to ear!

You can feel the giant smile on his face as he drives our “new” El Camino home.

Yes, we did come home with a ’69 El Camino, and when that loud rumbling engine starts up and going 40 feels like you are speeding down the autobahn, yep, I get a great big smile too. Our new toy needs a lot of love, but we have already started restoring. It makes the drive down Pacific Coast Highway that much better.

2 thoughts on “mid century modern homes in palm springs

  1. The Thrift Store Collector says:

    Omg! Fabulous! I have been saying that I need to make a trip to Palm Springs. The problem is I would need to do it in a u-haul as the thrift stores and antique malls would not be safe with me there! After seeing these pics, it just reinforces I NEED TO GO THERE SOON! Thanks for the great pics!

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    • Atomic Hostess says:

      We didn’t get to hit the thrift stores, but it gives me a reason to go back. I guess there is a home tour they do with select MCM homes – not sure how often or details, but I bet Google can tell you….that would be fun!

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