The Christopher Kennedy Compound
Palm Springs Modernism Week Show House


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 The kitchen was really outdated, but we knew we had a beauty on our hands.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.

Photos: Stylist SalvadorIrene Turner & Christopher Kennedy 

Photos: Desert Magazine & Bobby Berk             Design: Outdoor Lounge by Bobby Berk 

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.

Photos: David Clark & Allan DallaTorre        Design by: Paletteur 

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. 

Photos: Mark Cutler & CrestronPDC & Lori Gilder   Design: Master Bedroom-Mark Cutler Design Master Bedroom Terrace-Linda Allen Designs (Wireless Outdoor Lamps - by Linda Allen Designs) 

Photos: David Clark & Rob Trinh Photography.      Design: Master Bath by Marlaina Teich  

Photos: David Clark, Parker Kennedy Living  Design: Parker Kennedy Living 

Photos : Jeanne K Chung and Nancy Price Interiors    Design: Dining Room by Nancy Price of Nancy Price Interiors 

Photos: David Clark and Turquoise LA                      Design: Powder Room by Vanessa DeVargas 

Photos: (Before) David Clark, Curated LA, Love TessaDwell Magazine  Design: Kitchen by Christopher Kennedy 

Everyone is in love with our tile from the TileBar. Design:  Kelli Ellis 

Photos: Eric Lynch Photography & Modernism Week   Design: Tabitha Evans Design Guest Bath / Trip Haenisch Living Room 

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.

If you cannot make it to Palm Springs Modernism Week, please look for the upcoming editorial features in both Traditional Home & California Homes Magazine