By great good fortune it was Modernism Week when we were in Palm Springs. Of course I wasn’t organised enough to book many of the house tours before they sold out, but I did manage to wangle a place on the tour of the Edris House, built for Marjorie and William Edris in 1954 by the renowned Palm Springs architect E. Stewart Williams.
It’s not a particularly large or grand house, but is a quite magnificent specimen of mid-century modern desert architecture with all the interior fixtures and fittings still intact and the most breathtaking views. We were lucky enough to go there on an absolutely perfect blue sky day and here’s what greeted us.
Come and have a peek inside.
The charming owner J.R. Roberts has kept all the original fixtures and incorporated his own furniture and art, all bought with the house in mind.
I found the kitchen, with its original cooktop and ovens particularly fascinating. I suspect the previous owners of our house were going for a similar effect in our monstrous kitchen (because of course that makes total sense in a 1912 Craftsman house).
The ceilings almost made me rethink my aversion to the wood panelling in our kitchen and bathroom. Almost. (I think it probably helps if you have amazing floor to ceiling windows with incredible views).
And here’s the lovely owner JR, who considers himself to be more of a custodian than an owner of the house. Mind you, you would be happy and charming if you had a huge walk-in bar at your disposal.
I found this fabulous video of him talking about the house.
Photoshop Week at CreativeLIVE absolutely kicked my butt literally, since we were sitting on the most uncomfortable chairs known to man and I was terrified of my piriformis syndrome returning, and figuratively. Who knew that Photoshop and Lightroom could be so riveting? If you are any sort of photographer it is probably worth you downloading at least a few of the courses. All the teachers were without exception fabulous – patient, thorough and clear, with an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge. It was a quite mindblowing experience for me and I know my photography will never be the same again. I can’t recommend it highly enough (and can’t believe how lucky we are to have CreativeLIVE here in Seattle).