Sunnylands, Palm Springs


This weekend was all about midcentury architecture and design, as I left Los Angeles for a bit to join the ModSquad in Palm Spring for Modernism Week. Two new words. ModSquad is a term for a bunch of influencers coming together to show you guys the best of the best of Modernism Week, which is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design and architecture in Palm Springs.

Unfortunately it did rain a bit, even in Palm Springs, and the sun was not out a lot, which is very unlike Palm Spring weather. I had really hoped for some pool time as well. Oh well. Next time.


Luckily enough the sun and blue skies did show for a few hours when I went to check out Sunnylands, the former Annenberg Estate. The property was owned by Walter and Leonore Annenberg until 2009 and had been used as their winter retreat since 1966. Throughout their life at Sunnylands they hosted a large number of gatherings with US presidents and famous entertainers, which my favorite room, The Memory Room, really showed. A room full of photos of all their friends, including 20 something personal Christmas cards from the Queen mother of England and Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The interior is not really my taste, but it really is thorough, and all the walls are covered in originals by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet.


Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos inside, but if you check out the Sunnylands Instagram, you do get a little sneak peek of many of the rooms.

If you are planning a trip to Palm Springs, I highly suggest taking a tour of the Sunnylands grounds – you might also enjoy my 6 Reasons Why you Want To Visit Palm Springs.


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