Modernism Week, Palm Springs


I was lucky enough to attend Modernism Week in February this year, and I had an absolute blast! Here’s a roundup of my favourite events/tours.

Photography Mark Zeidler



Let’s kick things off with the Modernism Week Showcase Home. Each year there is a different showcase home, each decorated differently – this year’s was a gorgeous Moroccan Modern home designed by Thomboy Properties. This was by far, my favourite event at Modernism Week, if you only have the budget to do one event – this would be it. There is more of an emphasis on the interior design with the Showcase Homes and that of course, is my thang. I loved the Moroccan influence in the home, yet it was fun and playful in some of the rooms and a little bit luxe too – how good is that master bedroom pictured below – bedroom goals am I right?!




So it would hardly be surprising that one of my favourite events was the Modern Garden Tour, I love outdoor spaces and it was a real thrill to take a peek behind some amazing Palm Springs homes and take a tour of their gardens. For the most part, each worked with the harsh desert climate, gravel/stone is a big feature, along with desert-dwelling plants like cacti. And of course, a pool is a definite necessity with the scorching heat. Here’s some shots of my favourite elements from some of the gardens. My mind is bubbling away with ideas, I so desperately want to buy a home and renovate it!


Another highlight included the Modernism Week Signature Home Tour, which takes in five different homes – getting a look inside each was such a thrill! It’s a self-guided tour, so you’ll need your own car to get to each location. The Premier Double Decker Bus Tour is also a must if it’s your first time in Palm Springs and Modernism Week – a great way to gain some knowledge about some of Palm Springs’ best modernist architecture and get to know some of the great neighbourhoods too. Our tour guide was a lot of fun, I found it really enjoyable (minus the cold windy weather we had on that day – not ideal for an open-air bus tour ha)! If you’re keen to check out all of those insta-worthy colourful doors, book a ticket on the Palm Springs Door Tour. You’ll be given a map and you can choose to ride or drive it (you’ll need your own bike or vehicle to get around) – at the end of the tour you’ll receive a cocktail at The Saguaro Hotel, sounds like the perfect way to end a fabulous day.

Modernism Week takes place over two jam-packed weeks in February each year. Next year’s event is scheduled for 14-24 February - if you’re going to Palm Springs I highly recommend you check it out, even if you can only attend one or two events!