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The time capsule house that turned Modernism Week upside down — 47 photos

1970s palm springs houseTour-a-Time-CapsuleBuckle up yer jet packs, time travelers– we’re about to take a ride back to 1969 glamour in this amazing, technicolor dream house in Twin Palms, Palm Springs, listed by Lucio Bernal. And is it… the wave of the future? Maybe: It was a big hit during the recent Modernism Week, we are told. Would it be: Minimalism: Out; Maximalism: In. P.S. Today is Pam’s birthday, she would be very grateful if someone would buy her this beauty — she will not change A. Thing. Thank you, super-reader ineffablespace, for this time capsule tip!

1970s palm springs house

From the property listing:

  • Price: $850,000
  • Year built: 1969
  • Square footage: 3,350
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1 full/ 2 3/4

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK. Take a stroll down memory lane in this meticulously preserved Twin Palms Masterpiece. This one-of-a-kind time capsule will leave you feeling as though you’ve been plucked from reality and transported to a time of Cocktail Parties and Hollywood Weekend Retreats. This stunning home truly represents the epitome of Modernism and the essence Palm Springs. From the Moire wallpaper and draperies to the gold crystal chandeliers throughout, this fully furnished blast from the past will leave you asking only one question: Shaken or Stirred? Home features, a dramatic gated entry, terrazzo floors in the hallways, custom drapes, custom furniture, den with bar and custom bar stools, a fireplace, pool, spa, views of San Jacinto mountains, two car garage, and countless details and features to enhance your experience and lifestyle.

1970s palm springs house

Wow, this home is decorated to the nines — and it is evident that the owner and interior designer worked together to use bold color throughout the home. Each room is nearly monochromatic with one main color used very boldly in the space.

1970s palm springs house

Lucio Bernal, the listing agent for the property, was just as impressed with the decor as we were. He wrote:

The big mystery on this house is that it had two owners, and no one seems to know who did the decor and the architecture. We are trying to find out. It would be fun if your audience was able to figure it out.

This house has turned Modernism Week upside down here, because it is the house that seems to be most photographed and talked about.

Apparently this house was a hit with everyone who came to see it!

1970s palm springs houseEach of the three bedrooms have their own distinct color scheme and feel.

1970s palm springs houseThis hot pink master bedroom is amazing. Just look at the detail in that built in headboard. I would feel like royalty sleeping in this room!

1970s palm springs houseLeaving no detail out, the window on the opposite side of the room is equally extravagant and bright. A custom made TV stand with symmetrical hot pink tufted benches flanking either side brings a little of the ornateness from the headboard to the opposite side of the room. 

1970s palm springs houseThe hot pink carpet continues all the way down the hall and into the master bathroom, which features a ginormous double vanity and a free form sunken tub in the center of the room — likely so you can admire every bit of the gorgeous decor whilst bathing!

1970s palm springs houseThe third bedroom is a vision in blue, blue carpet, blue furniture, blue wallpaper — and feels much more serene than the master, but still just as special.

hollywood-regencyIs it a coffee table or additional seating?

1bathroomwallpaperretroAweeeeesome.

retro-bathroom-wallpaper

Above: Inneffablespace points out the “Bolection” style molding; now we know a new word:

One detail that I think people should take note of is the overscaled Bolection-style molding that is used as an entire drawer face on the pink bathroom vanities , with a simpler Bolection for the drawers on the green bathroom vanity. That is really sumptuous detail.

retro-bar-1970sNeeeed.

hollywood-regencyWait. Are we in a Twilight Zone episode?

1970s palm springs houseAnd because it is Palm Springs, you just must have a gorgeous pool, right? I am IN LOVE.

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  1. Karen says:

    Sure is eye-popping! I like the wallpaper – pink with gold – in the pink section of the house. Totally agree about the kitchen. It doesn’t fit the rest of the house at all almost as if they ran out of money or ideas. I’ll take the huge windows and the pool.

  2. Kaye says:

    This is NOT modernism!!! Modernism is Frank Lloyd Wright. This is Hollywood design. Take a look at the Carol Burnett Show or the Dean Martin Show of the same era or other variety shows to compare. It was over the top even at the time.

  3. I haven’t read through all of the comments yet to see if anyone mentioned the fact that this style is in fact called “Hollywood Regency” Just do a Google search and be prepared to be blown away by the the over the top awesomeness of this Era.

  4. Melinda l Lee says:

    Big News!!!!!! You can (probably) now rent this house for your next vacation!
    I caught it on a Netflix show called Stay Here, where a designer and marketer help people make the most of their vacation rentals. They advised the owners to set the rate around $1000 a night, so maybe something to consider as a group reservation with a couple design loving friends.

  5. Joan massey says:

    Thus house is featured on the new Netflix series “Stay Here” in episode 7 They make places into Short term rentals/Airbnb. I was just watching Tge episode and knew I had seen this house before. It’s Now Jan 9 2019!

  6. Chris says:

    Oh, the COLOR!!!!!!! I know “oatmeal” is restful and “dove” is gentle on the eyes — but I need fuchsia and emerald and cobalt and scarlet! This house makes me happy!

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