Twenty Tastemakers Give a Palm Springs Home an Eye-Popping Makeover for Modernism Week

updated Jul 17, 2020
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Guest bedroom, design by Sarah Sherman Samuel (Image credit: Marni Epstein-Mervis)

Villa Golightly, the 6,500 square foot desert estate of blogger, Instagram influencer, and “unofficial ambassador” of Palm Springs, Kelly Golightly (née Kelly Lee) recently underwent a showstopping redesign.

As the Modernism Week 2017 Show House, Villa Golightly was given a whole new look by renowned California interior designer Christopher Kennedy and a curated team of nearly 20 of the nation’s most prominent tastemakers—each of whom created their own unique room in this decorator showcase house. The newly transformed home was unveiled this weekend during the Modernism Week festivities.

Christopher Kennedy transformed the home’s dining room as well as its expansive terrace. The result was indoor-outdoor dining and entertainment areas fit for the nostalgic California jet set.

The guest suite designed by Joy Cho (Image credit: Marni Epstein-Mervis)

Kate Spade New York, Barclay Butera, Joy Cho (you’ll spot pieces from her most recent Target collection!), Sarah Sherman Samuel, Gray Malin, Salvador Camarena, and others comprised the list of designers, content creators, photographers, and fashion stylists, who contributed designs for the home. Kelly herself designed her home’s family room (or “glamily room” as she calls it). Her wildly colorful aesthetic is paired here with whites and muted neutral wood tones for room that is glam and approachable.

Each room distinctly represents the tastes and aesthetics of its designer. For example, fashion stylist Salvador Camarena’s penchant for pop culture and whimsy shines through in his Beyonce-inspired pool bath. Note, the lemon[ade] wallpaper.

Those familiar with LA-based designer and content creator Sarah Sherman Samuel will recognize some similar colors and elements from her Light Lab project in the guest bedroom she designed at Villa Golightly.

(Image credit: Marni Epstein-Mervis)

At the same time, each distinct room contributes to the home’s overall aesthetic: Retro-Palm-Springs-Chic-Meets-Contemporary-Hollywood-Regency. Wondering what exactly that looks like? Scroll through our slideshow of the the home for more.

Which is your favorite room? Tell us in the comments!