Wondering what to see this Modernism Week 2023? Here are the best things to do during Modernism Week in Palm Springs, including a Frank Sinatra House Tour! Tickets went on sale November 1st!, but there are still great options! Plus, details on this jumpsuit and how to get the look…
FRANK SINATRA HOUSE TOUR
Modernism Week Fall Preview took place back in October here in Palm Springs and, as part of it, we went on a house tour of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate! Groovy, right?
The storied Twins Palms Estate saw a lot of celebrities come and go over the years and it was fun to stand in the spot that so many Old Hollywood stars did.
The original bathroom sink remains — with a crack — in which it’s said that Sinatra hurled a champagne bottle at Ava Gardner during one of their famous rows. The drama!
My favorite part was the indoor-outdoor living and the long entryway to the front door.
The house was designed by architect E. Stewart Williams in 1947. Initially, Sinatra wanted to commission Williams to design a traditional Georgian home with columns. So glad Williams convinced Sinatra to go in another direction…
THE FLAG IS RAISED!
I also loved getting to see the Twin Palms — the two palm trees in Frank Sinatra’s yard — in person. It’s where Frank Sinatra would raise a flag to signal to the neighbors that happy hour had arrived. Cheers to that!
Remember when I wrote about raising the flag here and created it at our first Palm Springs house?
MODERNISM WEEK FALL PREVIEW
I love that we can do so many fun things like that in Palm Springs, especially during Modernism Week Fall Preview and during Modernism Week.
If you’re unfamiliar, Modernism Week Fall Preview is like a mini version of Modernism Week that takes place in October. The main event, Modernism Week, takes place every February.
WHAT IS MODERNISM WEEK?
Modernism Week is like Fashion Week but for midcentury architecture and design.
The entire town is abuzz with parties, home tours, lectures and more. It’s a magical time to be in Palm Springs!
If you’ve never been to Modernism Week before, and even if you have, it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to figure out what to see and do at Modernism Week.
Here’s what I recommend seeing and doing at Modernism Week 2023.
Tickets went on sale November 1, 2022 and popular events sell out quickly, but there’s still great events you can go to!
WHAT TO SEE & DO AT MODERNISM WEEK FEBRUARY 2023
I should preface this by saying you should do whatever you’re interested in. For me, it’s mostly home tours with a few parties thrown in. I love seeing inside the gems that are Palm Springs homes.
My absolute favorite thing to do during Modernism Week is go on home tours!
See inside Old Hollywood celebrity homes, such as The House of Tomorrow, where Elvis Presley and Priscilla honeymooned.
Tour midcentury-modern gems in the neighborhoods of Indian Canyons, Vista Las Palmas and Twin Palms. If you love architecture and peeping decor, home tours are for you!
I’m especially excited to attend:
- Christopher Kennedy’s home tours, which benefit the Palm Springs Animal Shelter this year.
- The Yoasis home tour, designed by Grace Home.
- The tour and party at Marrakesh Country Club via PS Mod Com.
While Fred Baby loves home tours too, he often enjoys many of the lectures taking place. There’s always a keynote address, but also several lectures from luminaries in the world of architect and design too.
Love to play dress-up and hobnob with design’s elite at iconic properties? Check out the parties at Modernism Week! Cocktails by the pool at a storied estate? How could you not have fun, right?
I’m excited for the party at Christopher Kennedy’s own forever home this year, which also benefits the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, as well as the aforementioned party at Marrakesh Country Club via PS Mod Com.
DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOUR
It probably sounds cheesy, but the double decker bus tours are actually really fun and a great way to get a lay of the land and see all of the special iconic Palm Springs neighborhoods. If you’re a first-timer, take a double decker tour!
Those are just a few things I love to see and do at Modernism Week!
And remember, tickets always go on sale for Modernism Week on November 1st, so bookmark for the future!
Have you been to Modernism Week? What are your favorite things to see and do?
WHAT I’M WEARING
Oh, and a tidbit on what I’m wearing..
This is a vintage yellow jumpsuit that we found at The Frippery, one of my favorite Palm Springs vintage shops! Fred Baby got it for me for my birthday back in April. The scarf too! He has excellent taste.
While not yellow, this pink jumpsuit has such a similar vibe!
I tracked down a few similar jumpsuits so you can get the look, if you’d like.
PHOTOS by FRED MOSER
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