Behind the Scenes: A Look Inside The Christopher Kennedy Compound
Photos by: Terrell Sandefur and Christopher Kennedy
We opened The Christopher Kennedy Compound on the eve of Valentine's Day, to hundreds of modernists and tastemakers ready to set their sights on the Show House for the very first time. We waited anxiously while the sun set and guests arrived looking oh, so chic on the welcoming red carpet. Everyone, especially those who viewed the Show House during construction were blown away -- and that's because this lovely mid-century gem needed a lot of work! The kitchen was really outdated, but we knew we had a beauty on our hands. We just needed to figure out how to create a living space conducive to the way we live, while still paying homage to the good ol' days of family dinners and handwritten notes.
Turning this charming 2500 sq. feet mid-century gem into a modern masterpiece was a lot easier once we knocked down a few walls and moved the hot tub to the front yard, where the amoeba-shaped pool sits behind The Compound wall and newly-planted hedge, so we could maintain privacy and still have plenty of room to entertain outdoors. Since, The Compound rests on the golf course, we didn't want to take anything from the picturesque views of the green or San Jacinto Mountains in the backyard.
I must tell you, David fell in love with this home immediately! He always dreamt of a home on the fairway and Harley loves rabbits, so naturally, we bought it and it wasn't long before I started thinking about how I could make their vision my own. This is where the stunning work of my design friends came into play.
As you can see, The Christopher Kennedy Compound is a culmination of my passion for Mid-Century architecture, vintage finds and effortless function that is just as modern as it is cozy. It warms my heart to know that all of the proceeds from Modernism Week funds the preservation of mid-century architecture within our communities, so we can continue to pay homage to our unique past and design for a bolder future. Modernism Week, our official charity, also rather quietly gives scholarships to local design and architecture college students -- another cause that is close to my heart.