Palm Springs and Mid Century Modernism

Palm Springs is the home of midcentury style. And the pinnacle of Mid century modern style is in fact an English country estate, reimagined for the American desert….what I am referring to is the home called Sunnylands. Designed by Quincy A Jones, and interiors by William Haines, this masterpiece is a have to see!

It is impeccably restored, and tells the story of design of that era. The furnishings, the colors celadon and peachy peach, the indoor outdoor feel and basically teaches a good lesson on how to live right in the desert.

I particularly was entranced with how the Architecture of this home is as Contemporary as todays homes. In fact, it is where true Modernism started in many ways.

The furnishings are are very Mid Century Modern.

Sunnylands Center

Sunnylands Center

Palm Springs in its Glory!

Palm Springs in its Glory!

Sunnylands back yard

Sunnylands back yard

Sunnylands Visitor center

Sunnylands Visitor center

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Proportions and Paris

Arguably the most-visited museum in the world, the Louvre is a rambling, glorious palace that includes three wings, a dungeon, and IM Pei’s glass-and-steel pyramid at the main entrance. Exploring all of its millennium-spanning collection of 35,000 pieces would take years, if not a lifetime.

But did you know that the roof leaks something awful?

However, the French always have the correct proportions in their architecture. Take a look at the windows, the way they are 1/3 ,2/3 in such a manner that it just “feels right”. The reason behind this is that the classical architectural “orders” are very present in the design and there is a hidden formula to all of this. The Classicalist understands and believes that these proportions make the architectural elements are the reason why one feels comfortable or at ease when in the presence of classical architecture.

Not only do the French do Architecture well, but the formulas continue to shoe design, sculpture and even a smattering of mushrooms and flowers, just hanging out in the marketplace!

Copy of India Trip and Rethinking Colors in Decor

Our trip to India was intense and an eye opener. I have never seen so much color used in all my life!

When I design Interiors I always use a very minimal palette when it comes to color. I like a soft monochromatic background, and when I add color I add it sparingly.

When in India, everyone uses color in their wardrobe to the max!. The smaller and poorer the villages the louder the color becomes. Many villages purposely dress in a particular color, with hot pink being the loudest.

I was so inspired to get on the “Color Train”, and found an incredible spot where fabrics and ornament was sold to all of the hot spots in the USA like ABC Carpet in NYC. When I entered, I knew I could have stayed there for…ever…and I think my husband saw the look on my face and he said…Nancy …like one hour…we are here to see the rest of Jaipur…..so I shopped every wall corner and floor sorting through all kinds of items.


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Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.




From Hindu festivals to Tamil temples, India is home to many religions. What is most refreshing is that everyone meets at the Temples in lieu of Shopping Malls like in America!.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

The Golden Temple appears to float on a “pool of holy nectar” There are over 20 million Sikhs in India, representing a small percentage of the 1.3 billion population!

The community kitchen, where volunteers prepare free food for 100,000 people each day. Vast cauldrons of Dahl and rice.

 
The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

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No I did not go in!

Dahl and Rice oh my!

Dahl and Rice oh my!

Feeling Blessed to have experienced this Holy place. Its a must!  The colors of all the people is a delight to the eye. Sometimes I stay with a few colors in design…this is what you get when you use every color possible!

Feeling Blessed to have experienced this Holy place. Its a must!

The colors of all the people is a delight to the eye. Sometimes I stay with a few colors in design…this is what you get when you use every color possible!

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India Trip and Rethinking Colors in Decor

Our trip to India was intense and an eye opener. I have never seen so much color used in all my life!

When I design Interiors I always use a very minimal palette when it comes to color. I like a soft monochromatic background, and when I add color I add it sparingly.

When in India, everyone uses color in their wardrobe to the max!. The smaller and poorer the villages the louder the color becomes. Many villages purposely dress in a particular color, with hot pink being the loudest.

I was so inspired to get on the “Color Train”, and found an incredible spot where fabrics and ornament was sold to all of the hot spots in the USA like ABC Carpet in NYC. When I entered, I knew I could have stayed there for…ever…and I think my husband saw the look on my face and he said…Nancy …like one hour…we are here to see the rest of Jaipur…..so I shopped every wall corner and floor sorting through all kinds of items.


The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

N9pi%kEtQ5mJuEeDxB3OIg.jpg
Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

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Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.




From Hindu festivals to Tamil temples, India is home to many religions. What is most refreshing is that everyone meets at the Temples in lieu of Shopping Malls like in America!.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab.

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The Golden Temple appears to float on a “pool of holy nectar” There are over 20 million Sikhs in India, representing a small percentage of the 1.3 billion population!

The community kitchen, where volunteers prepare free food for 100,000 people each day. Vast cauldrons of Dahl and rice.

 
Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

Here are some of my most favorite color combinations.

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No I did not go in!

Dahl and Rice oh my!

Dahl and Rice oh my!

Feeling Blessed to have experienced this Holy place. Its a must!  The colors of all the people is a delight to the eye. Sometimes I stay with a few colors in design…this is what you get when you use every color possible!

Feeling Blessed to have experienced this Holy place. Its a must!

The colors of all the people is a delight to the eye. Sometimes I stay with a few colors in design…this is what you get when you use every color possible!