From Med to Mod: Preview of The Christopher Kennedy Compound 2017

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Sometimes, things have to get ugly before they get better. Sneak a peek at these dramatic “before” shots from this year’s Show House!

Now in its fourth year, it’s no wonder The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House 2017 has become recognized as the “#1 Must See Event of Modernism Week.”

Each year, designer Christopher Kennedy brings together some of the nation’s most prominent tastemakers to create unique rooms in this decorator showcase house. In an exciting twist for 2017, Christopher is partnering with social media sensation Kelly Golightly to renovate Villa Golightly, an early 1980s Spanish-style home located in the Andreas Hills area of Palm Springs.

“At nearly 7000sf, it is by far the largest show house we have done,” says Christopher. Villa Golightly is a new direction (in size and architectural style) from the traditional midcentury modern homes of previous Modernism Week show houses, but like any good designer, Kennedy has embraced the challenge.

“As with design (and life), it is all about finding the right balance,” Christopher explains. “It was important to keep some of the more classic elements but incorporate our desire for something more contemporary. Luckily, Kelly Golightly’s style is more 1960s glam than truly modern, so the architecture of the house works quite nicely. It is very similar to the Avalon Hotel in Palm Springs — it is funny, everyone thinks of that property as such an iconic Palm Springs style, and they tend to forget that the bones of the hotel are 1920s Spanish Revival.”

The Mediterranean-inspired elements of the home will get a modern facelift with the help of these talented designers :

2017 Tastemakers


Click the gallery to see the gritty “before” photos from the home’s construction phase, and visit The Christopher Kennedy Compound during these Modernism Week events to see the dramatic “after” results. Tickets still available!

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Special thanks to Ferguson, California Home + Design, Traditional Home, Alyse Edwards,, The Container Store, DuPont, DXV, Eggersmann, Fenessco, Thermador, Able + Baker, Baldwin, Blurb, Chairish, Crossville, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Selamat, Stanton, and more for making this year’s show house possible. Full list of sponsors here.

Photo credit: Christine Joo