Del Boca Vista vs. mid-century modern

In May, Martin and I met my mother, Uncle Joe and cousin Ali in Palm Springs. It was the perfect combination of poolside lounging, eating, hiking, tennis playing, scoping out real estate of the rich and famous, visiting art galleries, hiking and riding around under the beaming sun, top-down in Joe’s convertible.

(There was also a now-classic line from my mother. Driving by the massive wind farm outside of Palm Springs, she asked, “What makes them spin?” and then wondered if they were solar powered.)

But one of my favorite parts of the trip was finally getting to see Joe’s condo, which is by far the most fabulous condo in the history of fabulous condos. He bought it 5 or 6 years ago, gutted the whole thing (minus the fireplace) and rebuilt it with bold, bright mid-century colors and modern concrete floors throughout.

OK. So you know how you always want to see before-and-after-photos? (C’mon. You do. Everyone does.) Well, staying with Joe was like a real-life before-and-after. Martin and I crashed at a condo two doors down, which belongs to an old lady who now lives in a nursing home. The two units had the exact same layout and the exact same fireplace. Aside from that, they could not have been any more different.

It was like mid-century modern meets Del Boca Vista. Behold:

And a few shots from the trip:


4 thoughts on “Del Boca Vista vs. mid-century modern

  1. Although this struck me as really mean spirited toward the poor old woman who hosted your visit.. I certainly did covet Joe’s digs in every photo..amazing job. Although I could work with her headboard nothing else was quite as great as she likely thought it was sad to imagine her thoughtful efforts to put out the plant and tissues and get the opposite impact she wanted. Joe certainly has a knack for decorating….did he plan it himself?

    • A little mean-spirited, perhaps. I would not say she hosted our visit, though. Her kids have turned the condo into a rental unit, although it seemed to hardly ever get rented (or cleaned, for that matter). But we were comfortable there and it was nice to have a place to stay.

      Joe is an interior designer, so this is what he does for a living. He did all of the planning, designing and decorating himself.

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