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Palm Springs: Your Hot Spot for Mid-Century Modern Design

Mid-century modern is a trend that’s here to stay. You can thank “Mad Men” or our parents’ hand-me-downs, but either way, this style has taken up residence in homes across America. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Palm Springs. In fact, in Palm Springs, mid-century modern styling isn’t a return to anything; it’s honoring a style that never really left.

Palm Springs has historically attracted a huge range of stars, from Frank Sinatra to Liberace. And who can blame them for choosing this spot? The warm weather, palm-lined streets and myriad of pools make it quintessential Southern California. Although it’s been decades since the Rat Pack called it home, Palm Springs still embodies that nostalgic mid-century glamour.

Today, the area celebrates its fashionable heritage in a number of ways, from flat-roofed homes to Modernism Week in the fall. If you’re looking for some of the best mid-century architecture and decor in the country, look no further than this desert community.

Here are 11 stunning examples of mid-century modern design in Palm Springs:

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With a flat roof and colorful door, this Palm Springs home embraces its architectural roots. Even the house numbers fit the design. Image: ModShop

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Full-wall windows and colorful accents give this living room a sunny Southern California feel. Plus, there’s a great view of the pool, a key player in Palm Springs yards. Image: House & Homes Palm Springs

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Clean lines and low stools make this kitchen feel open and bright without sacrificing its vintage roots.  Image: Woodbridge Pacific Group

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This home blends a mid-century architectural silhouette with modern touches and the surrounding desert landscape. Image: Carré Designs

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Mid-century modern decor shines when bright white walls provide a canvas for pops of color. A quintessential mid-century coffee table and retro fireplace complete the look. Image: STRUKTR Studios

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This bathroom’s hexagonal wallpaper pays homage to the home’s mid-century heritage. Image: Corsini Stark Architects

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Palm Springs can play it cool, too, like in this more subdued living room. Not even the blush-hued chairs overwhelm the space with color. Image: Izumi Tanaka

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No mid-century dining room would be complete without Eames-style molded plastic chairs. Image: California Lustre

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A nearly-hovering fireplace is all this living room needs for an accent piece. The great view into the backyard doesn’t hurt, though. Just ask the dog. Image: Maison21

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This polished room gets a kitschy, fun feel from its astroturf-esque rug. And Don Draper would definitely approve of the bar cart stocked with martini glasses. Image: H3K Design

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There’s no better way to give a space a sense of old-school glamour than with a plush, snowy rug. Pair it with gold-accented chairs and tropical floor-to-ceiling drapes and you’ve got Palm Springs style nailed. Image: Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design

What do you think? Will you be heading to Modernism week in October to see more mid-century styling fithand?

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