Palm Springs


If I had an extra $450,000 in cash just laying around I’d be tempted to pull the trigger on this property listed by Paul Kaplan in Palm Springs. Yes this is small at just 756 square feet. Yes it needs a boat load of cosmetic work. That’s why I said $100,000 more than the asking price. But look at how cool this space is and how amazing it could be with a little TLC and a vision to take it back to the year it was built; 1961. I really love the sky light that runs the length of the A-Frame roof line. Try and look past the clutter and the current decor. This could really be an amazing space with less furniture and a bunch of updates.

The editorial below the images is from the listing page.

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“Here is Your Chance to Own a Piece Of Incredible Bohemian History. Snow Creek Village is Nestled in the Beautiful San Jacinto Mountains and less than 10 Miles from the Modernist Center of Palm Springs. 39 Eclectic Homes Dot the Scenic Wilderness. Artists, Writers & Musicians have all called Snow Creek Home. This Unique, one of a kind 1 Bedroom/1Bath hand hewn A-Frame House with Loft was built in 1961. A Stunning Celestial Glass Peak Greets You Inside with Rock and Wood Walls & A Large Granite Fireplace. Detached Studio Space sitting on an Incredible .73 acres with a Rock Stream Koi Pond & An Above Ground Jacuzzi. Mature Eucalyptus, Bamboo & Citrus Trees Abound.”

Modern House Shelves.

Probably impractical as a useable shelf, still totally fun and something I kind of want. The brain child of artist Judson Beaumont of Straightline Designs, House Shelves is a series of wall-mounted shelves inspired by the modern residential architecture found in Palm Springs. Beaumont is planning additional designs based on warehouses, grain elevators and other architectural icons, but these have me sold. Now I just need to collect a series of Vitra miniature furniture pieces to go with these.

“from the eyes of a furniture designer. Each shelf is made from recycled materials including scrap wood from the shop, recycled plastic laminate and cork. They have been built with the intent of using left over materials from other jobs. The Walled Estates are designed to hold items that don’t necessarily have a home – such as keys, glasses and mail. Alongside ordinary household items, miniature furniture pieces are also displayed. Acting as doll houses for grownups, this combination creates for a playful and whimsical sense of scale.”



Light it Up With Astrofire.

I have a friend that is always looking for a simple modern fire pit for his house’s smaller patio. Something that matches his mid-century modern aesthetic. For the most part it has been pretty hard for him to find anything that doesn’t look ultra contemporary, or rustic. He is in luck however. Modfire introduced Astrofire during Modernism Week in Palm Springs, and I think this might fit the bill.


Designed by Brandon Williams Astrofire, the newest addition to the Modfire family. This is a sleek modern design with a nod to mid-century modernism. Like all of Modfire products, it features quality design and top end materials. Astrofire is manufactured from 14 gauge steel, and hand-rolled into a wide conical shape which attaches to a ¼”plate steel base with sleek tapered legs.


At 34” in diameter and 17” tall it is compact, but still has room for a spacious 22” wide firebox capable of burning full size logs. Astrofire is also available with propane or natural gas burners, using a  125,000 BTU stainless star burner guaranteed to keep you warm  on even the coldest evenings.


I kind of wish I had a space big enough to set one of these because I love the look of it. It comes in a range of bright colors ( Tangerine, Maraschino, Azure Avocado, Ultra-Lounge White, Charcoal, and Aqualuxe ) and it has such sleek lines. At $1450.00 it isn’t cheap, but the quality of the materials and build mean it’s going to last long enough for you to get your money’s worth.