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Thousands of aficionados of all things modern have descended on Palm Springs for the Annual Modernism Week, an homage to the ideals of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture running from February 17th to the 27th.

Palm Springs, is easily one of the best preserved Mid Century destinations in the country.

There are lectures, double decker bus architecture tours, travel trailer exhibits, vintage auto exhibit, fashion from the 50′s and 60′s with modernist style, tours of Frank Sinatras Twin Palms Estate plus an exhibit at the museum. The Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway is a classic mid-century must see too.

We are off to the Modernism Week epicenter, the legendary Palm Springs Rivera Hotel tonight for “If You’ve Got it, Flaunt it: The Braniff Airlines Collection.” That will talk about at a later date.








Meanwhile back at the ranch, I mean back at Totally Kids fun furniture & kids; what do you think of these? Could you use a Ball  Chair or Yolk Chair, the pint sized replica of the of the iconic Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair?











Your little short stuff can have a Bertoia chairs and table set for the next play date.


After all of this are you ready for some Grasshopper Pie? Family Fun had kids version of this classic chocolate-and-mint mid-century recipe.

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 7 whole graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 gallon mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce or hot fudge(optional)
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove the pan from the stove and let the butter cool for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, have your child crumble the graham crackers into the bowl of a food processor. Add the sugar and nuts, then pulse the ingredients in short bursts until you have very fine crumbs.
  3. Empty the crumbs into a medium -size mixing bowl and stir in the cocoa powder and salt, then the melted butter. Have your child use her fingers to evenly blend the ingredients. Then blend in 1 or 2 teaspoons of water until the crumbs clump together slightly.
  4. Grasshopper Pie Step 4 Heat the oven to 350º. Lightly butter a 9 -inch pie plate and press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides. Bake the crust on the center oven rack for 10 minutes. Let the crust cool on a wire rack, then chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Transfer the ice cream from the freezer to the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes, so that it will soften.
  5. Completed Pie Now your child can spoon the softened ice cream into the piecrust, pressing it firmly with an ice-cream spade to fill any airholes. Smooth the top, then place the pie back in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until it’s firm. When it’s time to serve the pie, drizzle chocolate sauce on each slice, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

Here we are in Palm Springs, California, a town doubling as a virtual museum of Mid-Century Modern architecture with possibly the world’s largest and best preserved examples of elegant homes built during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.


During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the George Alexander Construction Company partnered with several architects to develop a unique approach to tract housing and built over 2500 homes in southern California. The company primarily worked in and near Palm Springs but their style of houses were emulated across the United States.

The Alexander Construction Company gave their homes a variety of distinctive roof lines similar to this one, which by the way, is available for immediate move in.  It features an open floor plan just as many of the Alexander homes built of more solid materials do.

An opportunity missed, but maybe another time to take this tour. Some of the houses on this poster depict features common to the Alexander homes, such as: expansive windows, windows and doors minus their typical moldings, breezeway connecting an open carport to the house, flat, slanted, or butterfly-shaped roofs, exteriors finished with two-tone wood, patterned brick, decorative concrete block and Three-quarter high wall partitions.


Harry Bertoia’s diamond lounge chair and cyclone table remain a fascinating study in bent metal and a fixture of mid-century design, now scaled down 75 percent for the younger set.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys will help you find the mid-century pieces that you are searching for, large or small.



Eames Hang It All will always have a place in kids rooms.

It’s Modernism Week here in Palm Springs where it is always sunny, except for today.

The 11th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale is a highlight of Modernism Week featuring 10 days of celebrating everything modern with mid-century design and architecture fans, friends and aficionados from around the world all visit.

Palm Springs was once famous for movie stars hideaway homes during the golden age of Hollywood, but today this desert oasis attracts more sun-seeking retirees and gay travelers than celebrities.

With leftover love in the air from Valentine’s Day, it is fitting to begin Palm Springs modernism week looking at the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway.

After their Las Vegas wedding, Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned in this home on May 1, 1967 then lived in it for about a year before buying a home offering more privacy located less than a mile away.

Even before the Presleys arrived, the house was famous for its architecture. Designed in 1962 as “The House of Tomorrow’” it was an experiment in modern living by the architecture firm of  Palmer and Krisel which was then built for the hefty sum of $300,000.

The house was featured in LOOK magazine, a mid-century pictorial, shortly after the home was built. The entire house is a set of round forms on different levels, there’s not a square room in the house.









A bedroom fit for a King.

















Throne Room complete with tub.


You to can live like the king, rent the Elvis Honeymoon House complete with 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 4,695 sq ft of living space. Or….you can take a tour and see if it’s really the place for you.


My favorite tell it like it is in Palm Springs:


We know where you can find this Hound Dog Set, at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.


Classic retro food for kiddos, Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese.

Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup

1 can Condensed Tomato Soup
1 can milk
Pepper to taste

Directions from the back of the can…Slowly stir together soup and one can of milk.

STOVE: Simmer, stirring often. MICROWAVE: Use a microwave-safe bowl (duh!). Cover: microwave on HIGH 3 minutes or until hot. Stir.

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

2 slices white bread
2 slices Pasteurized Processed Cheese Food Product
softened butter or margarine

Heat a griddle or small frying pan. Butter both sides of bread. Unwrap cheese slices and place between slices. Toast on both sides to desired consistency Serve immediately.