4.29.2013

Royal Hawaiian Estates, Palm Springs, CA

Life has gotten to be so busy lately! I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted something. I still haven't finished up sharing my Palm Springs Modernism Week highlights and that was in February! I have two more highlights to share before I wrap it up, both from the Royal Hawaiian Estates tour. Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite homes on the tour (my other fave is coming later this week). The Royal Hawaiian Estates were designed by architects, Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison in 1959 and 1960. The complex reflects popular Polynesian themes and modernist ideas of the time. 

The architects created steep peaks, exposed beams and projecting roof lines throughout to suggest the look of tropical huts (pictured left). They also designed rows of buttresses with bright orange triangles, called "Flying Seven's" that support the patio roofs and represent the stabilizers on outrigger canoes (pictured right).

Over the years, the decorative tiki elements began to deteriorate. Recently, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation has granted the Hawaiian Estates generous funds to restore the complex to its original tiki glory. We were informed that the residents of the complex are a group of like-minded people, eager to transform the estates to its former condition. In 2010, the complex was designated as Palm Spring's first residential historic district. Donald Wexler was at the Royal Hawaiian Estates while we were there to answer any questions - although I did not speak with him, it was exciting to be in the presence of such an influential architect. 
One of the community pools at the Royal Hawaiian Estates. 

This is the first house that we toured and I immediately wanted to buy it as my vacation home. The man who owned the home had fabulous taste and was such a delight for opening his house to us. He designed the home based on the original Polynesian idea for the Estates. My favorite design element was that he took the original advertisement brochure for the Estates and blew it up to cover the wall (above). The enlarged ad really set the stage for the rest of the home. 
The dining room, looking into the kitchen. 

The living room.




Looking into the back patio from the kitchen area. 

The back patio area, directly out from the living room area. I love the bold orange on this patio. The color pops so well against the touch of greens and rockscape behind .
The master bedroom had great texture on the walls and headboard. The mixture of fabrics on the bed is too die for. The color and pattern combo is spot on. I even love how the frames on the wall have a slight curve as they go over the headboard. The movement and energy in the space is so fluid and lively. 

A design book by the fabulous Kelly Wearstler sits below a row of three ceramic turtle shells.  This little vignette alone, shows you how great the taste is in this home. 

Looking into the master bathroom. 
As you can see, the frames on the wall are all vintage photos of the Royal Hawaiian. For those of you who may not know, the Royal Hawaiian is a pink hotel in Oahu, Hawaii. So very appropriate, considering the color of the bathroom.

An all pink bathroom never looked so good.

A console with kitschy items greeted you in the hallway between the master and guest bedrooms.

The guest bedroom was small and simple but had all the essentials, including lively bedding.

Orange cabinets and green walls create a subdued but cheery guest bedroom. Both sinks in the home are original. 

As I mentioned before, I fell in love with this home due to it's toast to the original Polynesian theme of the Estates. I expected the remainder of the homes to carry the same tiki style in their homes but this was not the case. The other homes still payed homage to its 60's roots but lacked the same flair. With the exception of the last home I will be sharing with you this week, I thought this homeowner should take charge and remodel his neighbor's places!



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